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Leadership: Speaking with Authority and Sounding Confident

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September 25, 2019

Tina Crouch

I’m involved with Tulsa’s Young Professionals, an organization that is working hard to show professionals the great things that Tulsa has to offer. This year I have been a part of their Get on Board program, in which I am a Board Intern for the River Parks Authority board.

Part of the Get on Board program includes going to a few other leadership workshops throughout the year. One of these focused on communicating with authority. Whether you give presentations in front of a room full of people or talk on the phone all day, it pays to sound confident.

Everyone has heard the "fake it 'til you make it" advice at some point in their life. Well, if you would like to sound relaxed and confident, no matter how you are feeling, it may be easier to get that desired authoritative tone of voice than you thought.  Here are a few steps to speak with authority and confidence:

  1. Do a few deep breathing exercises and light stretches. Make sure your rib cage is relaxed.
  2. Keep your spine straight and your jaw perpendicular to the floor.
  3. Take a full deep breath before you speak.

It seems the trick to sounding confident is making sure you have enough air in your lungs, and being able to let the air out again as you speak.

With TYPros, every month there are multiple crew meetings happening as well as networking events. Here is the TYPros calendar.

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