The Science Behind Confidence

Having a conversation with a friend feels so natural and organic. Why then, does this communication not translate to giving a speech? The short answer: we overthink it.

Memorizing our speeches and fine tuning every word is like solving a math problem because it uses the analytical side of our brain. We feel like we’re thinking much slower while doing activities that use the analytical side of our brain than our creative side because the creative side of our brain works two million times faster!

Sure, this is fractions of a second, but when jumping from one word to another it makes all the difference. This is why when you’re having a conversation words just seem to flow while when you’re giving a speech finding the right words is an arduous task.

Evoke the creative, faster-thinking side of your brain by improvising, staying relaxed, and practicing your speaking skills until you feel ready to captivate the room.