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Confidence is important. When people lack confidence, they may pass up once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. When they have confidence, on the other hand, they go after what they want.

One thing that causes people to have little confidence is previous bad experiences. A person may believe, for example, that because he forgot his lines one time when he was in a school play, that he will always forget his lines and therefore never wants to audition for another play. What was it that made him forget his lines on that fateful day? Was he worried about something, such as a test? Did he have a stomachache? Because he feels this way, the world misses out on seeing a very talented person perform. In the audience at the play, there may be talent scouts who might want to talk to the performer about a career. The person misses out on all of this by having this attitude.

Another thing that causes a person to lack confidence in himself is the worry that people will laugh at him or that some other bad thing will happen. It takes courage to get up in front of a group. More than likely, the group will not laugh. They want to see the person perform. If the person is speaking, they are interested in hearing what he has to say.

Do you want to improve your confidence? One way is to have more experiences. If you are nervous about performing in front of others, perform as often as you can. Focus on your performance, rather than on the millions of eyes staring at you. Try to give the best performance you can give. The more often you perform, the easier it will become and the more confident you will be.

If you are speaking, rehearse your speech. Consider rehearsing in front of someone, such as a roommate or spouse. The other person can give you tips to improve your performance, such as slowing down, maintaining eye contact with the audience, and speaking clearly.

Are you nervous about singing in front of others because you are afraid that you will forget the words to the song or that you will sing off key? A way to remedy this situation is to print out the words to the song and record yourself on tape. Play the tape when you are finished, and listen to how you sound. If you are indeed off key, work on that. Study the words, and practice the song again and again before your big day. When the day of your performance arrives, relax and sing. Deep down, you know the words, and you know that you can sing. The audience wants to hear you, and they are ready to listen.

Be confident, and let the world see how talented you are.


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Great article, it took me a long time in life to gain that confidence to speak in front of others. I still practice any speech i have to give to myself but out loud in a room that tends to echo. I do a lot of public speaking and have headed up different associations, but one thing for sure practice out loud, self confidence, and common sense things to have. When I address audiences now I take the wife with and we have secret signals, one for when I'm too long winded, and one for when I talk too loud. I suffer from partial deafness, from old age probably, so I never use a mic and still tend to get too loud.

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Sure.... Self confidence is the key to success

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