It is proven that a lack of confidence can hinder your overall performance in the workplace, personal relationships and self-actualization. Due to a rise in the digital age, online communication and social media, a major consequence is a decrease in confidence. Succeeding in life and obtaining opportunities starts with your inner perception and your first impression.
The psychological aspect of confidence goes hand-in-hand with goal setting and accomplishments. When you achieve success your confidence boosts as a result. This makes your performance rate in the workplace rise and in turn, creates a continuous boost of confidence cycle. If you do not believe you can achieve your goals, then who else will? You have the ability to change the way you feel about yourself and the ways others perceive you. Take a look at Speak’s guide to mastering confidence through body language and speech.
Communicate Through Body Language:
A major aspect of communication skills is the ability to build confidence through body language. The reality is that 90% of our communication skills and perception of others is non-verbal. This means that the majority of the way we come across is through the natural tendencies of the human body. That is why mastering and adapting muscle memory is an extremely powerful skill. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so make today day one and become more confident.
Master The First Impression:
Furthermore, first impressions are everything, that is why so many individuals put an emphasis on the first date, the first interview, meeting the parents etc. This is because within 10 seconds the person who you are interacting with has already made an assumption about your character. You must be thinking, I said all the right things, I was so nice, I had amazing manners, well the reality is that verbal communication will not be the root of your success in communication. The mind and the body need to be simultaneously interacting to create a well-rounded appearance.
Embody The Essence of Confidence:
This is where the notion of confidence comes in. Being confident is a skill that for many, is extremely difficult. So why not fake it till you make it? Or rather fake it until you become it? This is where the term procedural memory comes in. This is the process in which mastery comes through the constant repetition of body movements. It is true that with practice anything is possible. If you embody the essence of confidence you then build up the natural tendencies of muscle movements.
Communication Is Instinctual:
In addition, this is a lesson for your muscles to the point where they naturally execute these habitual behaviours. The notion of naturalistic body movements has been dated back to the beginning of time. In fact, in the animal kingdom, the communication process is instinctual for survival. Animals entire functionality is based on non-verbal communication, this includes gestures, body language, and facial expressions. All of which are relevant to humans, as our biological makeup correlates with animalistic capacities.
Setting Goals is Crucial For Confidence:
Moreover, the mind and the body are interconnected, so the way you move your body is vital for a confidence boost. It is stated that feeling motivated heightens an individual’s level of confidence. The root of feeling motivated is completing goals and feeling good about accomplishments, which in turn makes an individual feel self-confident. So getting out there, setting goals and crushing them is a great way to feel more confident. These can be goals of any size and any manner, from making your bed every morning to completing a marathon, both can contribute to a boost in confidence!
Master These Body Language Tips:
However, what about those days where you cannot shake a low self-esteem persona? The answer is simple, change your body language. By incorporating positive body language you can, in turn, become a more confident person. Every time you choose to smile, you inherently become more happy and gleeful. It is because the brain obtains the signals coming from the body and translates them into feelings. Let’s talk about poses that are crucial for increasing confidence:
This pose is an easy and quick way to train the body to feel confident. Stand with your legs shoulder width apart, bend your knees slightly and raise those hands in the air! Just like you’ve won the biggest race of your life! These are signals of power and resilience that are being sent to the brain at a rapid pace.
While someone is talking or when you are listening to a presentation leaning in articulates a state of interest. It shows you are paying attention and that you are invested in the situation at hand. This tells your body that there is value in the information being disseminated and makes you an active listener.
Smile, it looks good on you:
Smiling calms the body by lowering your heart-rate, releasing endorphins that eliminate stress. It gets your body ready to be productive and master all the necessary tasks for the day. Every morning smile and tell yourself that you are worthy, attractive and that a good day awaits. It is the best way to begin your day with a cup of confidence!
Everyone is always talking about good posture. But what if it actually helped boost confidence? When sitting keep your back straight, sit all the way back on the chair, feet flat on the floor and keep your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
Do not forget about your arms and legs:
When we are nervous we tend to fidget with our arms or tap our feet. Many cross their arms or legs in a resting position. Try to avoid all of these tendencies because they make you look closed off and nervous. Keeping your hands in your lap while you are sitting and by your side, while you are standing is the best resting position.
Start and End with a great handshake:
A great handshake can tell you a lot about the person that you are meeting. It is often times the first sign of confidence through body language and is a trait that should be universally mastered. A handshake needs to have strength, without too much force, mixed with direct eye contact and a smile. This is the recipe for a confident greeting.
Take up space and invite others in with open gestures:
By showing you are not afraid to occupy space shows you are confident. Widen your stance by standing stable and solid. This shows that your natural relaxed state is dominant and sure of yourself. Stand when you can and walk around when applicable show that you are there for a reason
By holding your hands out while speaking and using your hands with articulating shows relaxed body movements. Invite others in by facing your palms up. All of these gestures allow you to be perceived more positively and invites others in for open dialogue. This is beneficial for your overall creditability and appearance and persona.
In conclusion, all of these tips are simple ways to train the body that you are confident. The more you incorporate these gestures into your daily routine, the more confident you will feel. It is natural that not everyone feels confident all day every day. Sometimes we need a little boost to get our day going. Soon with practice, you will become the master of your confidence.
Enhance your influence on others through your communication skills. Speak is a key tool that aids in your journey toward confidence. Learn more about Speak and become the best version of yourself. Let Speak help you become a confident communicator and obtain skills that enhance your lifestyle. Email us at email@example.com
Search Engine Optimization is a crucial part of communication in 2019. Speak’s mission is to help people communicate better. That means that we need to deal with the reality that we need to be found on search engines. Without search engine rankings, it is often hard to get discovered. Speak is built from the ground up to help users with search engine optimization. To show you just how important optimizing for search engines is, here is Speak’s full guide to search engine optimization:
What Are Search Engines?
Search engines are a service that allows Internet users to search for content via the World Wide Web (WWW). A user enters keywords or key phrases into a search engine and receives a list of Web content results in the form of websites, images, videos or other online data. The list of content returned via a search engine to a user is known as a search engine results page (SERP).
How Do Search Engines Work?
Two major functions: crawling and building an index and providing users searching a ranked list of websites they’ve deemed the most relevant.
- Web crawlers are responsible for finding information that is publicly available on the Internet
- Information identified by the crawlers needs to be organized, sorted and stored
- Information is processed by the search engine algorithms before made available to the end user
How Do People use Search Engines?
- Experience the need for an answer, solution, or piece of information.
- Formulate that need in a string of words and phrases, also known as “the query.”
- Enter the query into a search engine.
- Browse through the results for a match.
- Click on a result.
- Scan for a solution, or a link to that solution.
- If unsatisfied, return to the search results and browse for another link or …
- Perform a new search with refinements to the query.
Search Engine Results Page (SERP)
The Search Engines Results Page is a page served to users when they search for something online using a search engine. Every SERP is unique, even for search queries performed on the same search engine using the same keywords or search queries.
Search engines customize the experience for their users. They present results based on a wide range of factors beyond their search terms, such as the user’s physical location, browsing history, and social settings.
Organic results are listings of web pages that appear as a result of the search engine’s algorithm. Search engines show websites when the keyword query was relevant, the website is trusted, and the website provides a good user experience. Search engines looks at things like bounce rate, average session duration, and goal completions to understand if results are relevant.
- Paid results are being paid to be displayed by an advertiser.
- On Google, they are called “Google Ads”, formerly known as “Google AdWords”.
- Advertisers pay for each click or view.
- Ads have often been written by advertisers and send you to dedicated pay-per-click landing pages.
- Advertisers are bidding on keywords that they consider valuable.
The Big One: Google
- Google is the biggest search engine in the world.
- Google Ads are their main source of revenue.
- The number of daily searches on Google is 3.5 billion.
- 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.
- 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine. A lot of those start on Google.
Other Popular Search Engines
When we think of search engines, most of us think of Google. Bing actually still has quite a large market share. We often forget about the second biggest search engine in the world: YouTube. Other search engines that get lost in the fray are Twitter, Yahoo, Quora, and Reddit.
What is Search Engine Optimization?
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results.
- The first five organic results account for 64% of all the clicks.
- Organic presence online creates a sense of trust in the user.
- The most coveted position for any website is to rank on page one organically.
- Ranking on page one of Google can be challenging and competitive.
How Speak Helps With Search Engine Optimization
Speak is made to communicate better with humans. But it is also built from the ground up to help people get discovered online. A major part of being found online is search engine optimization. Speak has invested deeply in research into search engine optimization. Speak AI Inc was founded by Tyler Bryden, an owner of a marketing agency, a Google Partner, and a respected industry expert in search engine optimization and pay-per-click search advertising.
Video Search Engine Optimization
Speak helps with video transcription in several ways. There is an instant search engine optimization (SEO) benefit when using Speak as you immediately get back your transcription. Writing, typing, and creating original content can often be difficult and time-consuming. Especially for non-writers, speaking is often seen as a more natural and easy way to deliver content. In an hour, people can easily speak 10,000 words. These 10,000 words can be put on your site and instantly utilized for search engine optimization.
There is a lot to be said about this in particular. Google likes readability and transcribed speech often contains run-on sentences and windingly long paragraphs. Speak has already improved readability by timestamping and separating paragraphs and punctuating properly. When Speak analyzes a video where people speak clearly and take nice pauses to indicate new sentences and paragraphs Speak is almost flawless. We continue to invest heavily in this area and are building an export feature that is pre-optimized for search engines for you we are quite excited about.
Speak extracts the main keywords from the video. These keywords are perfect to use for your video search engine optimization both on your website and where you upload your videos. Speak is capable of picking up what we call “conversation metadata“, one of which are keywords, which provide more context to both people and search engines.
On Youtube, use the keywords to generate your tags. Because they are taken right from the video, they are accurate, relevant and can have a significant impact on your search results rankings.
On your website, specifically on content management systems like WordPress, there is often an area to add tags. Use the keywords from Speak’s analysis for your website tags to help provide context to search engines and increase your discoverability.
Speak also generates a larger hierarchal structure in topics which is useful for your website categories.
Website categories are where you often categorize blog posts and pages for your website. You can use the topics generated from your Speak video analysis to help generate strong, relevant categories for your content.
By using Speak and embedding video with transcription on your site, you have created a powerful asset to engage your visitors. Website browsers spend much more time on sites with videos and an interactive widget where people can navigate through by keywords and topic can create real engagement. Engagement is a big metric that search engines use to understand if people are actually enjoying their experience on your website and Speak is a powerful tool.
Speak is capable of translating the video transcription into dozens of popular languages which increases accessibility and engagement on your site.
Audio Search Engine Optimization
Audio optimization is relatively the same as video search engine optimization. However, one big thing to point out is the long-form content that is often in audio format. These are valuable assets to your online presence. Use Speak to transcribe podcasts, interviews, personal recordings and radio shows to create tens of thousands of relevant keywords to be discovered in search engines.
As Speak releases new details of the product we will continue to update this guide. If you are interested in learning more about how Speak can help with search engine optimization or communication in general, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While captivating an audience is a skill that takes years to develop, there are some simple ways to instantly improve your speaking and presentation skills. Here are the best ways to become more articulate:
Listen To Yourself Speak
One of the easiest ways to become more articulate is to film or record yourself and watch or listen back. When we are speaking, we often overlook the small intricacies that help us deliver the best talk we can. But, when you watch or listen to yourself, you can quite easily identify those weak spots and improve them to become more articulate.
Monitor Your Speed
People who speak too fast or too slow often struggle to be articulate. Speaking pace is a big part of sounding intelligent and getting your point across effectively. Monitor your speed, and aim for 120 to 150 words per minute to emphasize your point properly.
Study Other Speakers
There are so many great speakers out there that have been recorded and document. Many are on Ted and YouTube. Find those and learn from the speakers. Integrate what they are doing into your own talks and see a great improvement in your articulation!
Eliminate Filler Words
One of the easiest ways to stop being articulate is using filler words or not ending a point when you should. Start to eliminate filler words and things like “sort of”, “you know”, and you will instantly get a boost in articulation from your audience.
Those are some great ways to start being more articulate. I also recommend building your vocabulary through reading and research. You can also use tools like Rhymezone and Grammarly to help you with word suggestions and better grammar. Good luck!