Do you get frightened when you have to speak English?
Do you want to learn how to speak English fluently?
Today, I’ll share my top recommendations for enhancing your English-speaking confidence.
Why Is It So Important To Improve Your English Confidence?
Before I get into the actual advice, here are three reasons why it’s critical to boost your English confidence.
One is that if you’re not confident in your English or believe it’s awful, it might become a self-fulfilling prophecy — that is, believing it’s bad will cause it to be true. However, if you adopt a more upbeat and confident attitude, your English will improve more quickly.
The second reason is that, even if your English isn’t perfect when you speak English confidently, you look to be more fluent! When you’re confident, you’ll be less likely to make mistakes, and other people will trust you more and like conversing with you.
The third reason it’s critical to boost your confidence is that it feels great! When you’re confident in yourself, you’ll be able to use your English without fear or trepidation. You feel confident and strong while speaking English – and this isn’t only for advanced students; anyone at any English level can increase their confidence.
So, how are you going to do it? How can you boost your self-assurance when speaking? These are the most crucial things: three are mental exercises that require you to believe in yourself, and three are physical activities that require you to move your body.
Let’s begin with the mental side of things.
#1 – FOCUS ON THE BENEFITS, NOT THE DISADVANTAGES
The first step is to change your mindset. DO NOT think or utter things like “My English is terrible,” “I’m sure I’m making a lot of mistakes,” or “I’ll never be a decent English speaker.” You will be less confident as a result of your negative views.
Think positive thoughts instead, such as, “I already know some English, and I’m learning more and better every day!” or consider your accomplishments and assets, such as “I learned five new words yesterday” or “Today I said three phrases with perfect pronunciation!” Your confidence will rise if you concentrate on the positive aspects of life.
#2 – UNDERSTAND THAT MOST MISTAKES ARE NOT AS SERIOUS AS THEY APPEAR TO BE.
The second piece of advice is to realize that most mistakes are minor. If you’re constantly worried about making mistakes, you’ll be self-conscious about your English.
However, most people will not notice if you use the incorrect preposition or if your pronunciation is slightly off when we’re speaking. So take it easy on yourself and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be flawless. Yes, you want to repair your mistakes over time, but most faults aren’t as bad as you think.
#3 – VISUALIZE YOURSELF AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH SPEAKER WHO YOU RESPECT.
The third tip is to imagine a confident English speaker whom you admire — this may be a celebrity, a TV news presenter, or even your English teacher. Consider someone who speaks excellent English and then imagine or pretend to be that person.
Let’s pretend your name is Barack Obama. Pretend you’re Barack Obama the next time you have to speak English and you’re frightened. Would he gaze down at the ground and talk softly, with several pauses? No! He’d make eye contact with the other individual and speak calmly and confidently.
Imagining yourself as someone you admire, such as a confident English speaker, can sometimes help you perform confidently during a conversation.
Focus on positive ideas rather than negative ones, understand that most mistakes aren’t life-threatening, and imagine yourself as a confident English speaker.
#4 STAND UP STRAIGHT, MAKE EYE CONTACT, SMILE, AND TAKE A BREATHE!
Now, here are three physical strategies for boosting your self-esteem.
One involves how you use your body when speaking English, such as standing or sitting up straight, making eye contact, smiling, and remembering to breathe. Observe your “body language.”- – that is, how you hold yourself and what you do with your body – has an impact on your self-assurance.
So, when you act confidently with your body by maintaining good posture and creating eye contact, and when you relax your face by smiling and breathing, your spoken English will become more confident and comfortable.
#5 – GET AS MUCH PRACTICE AS POSSIBLE
The following piece of advice is to practice, practice, practice. Not only do you get better at something the more you do it, but you also gain confidence.
I was very scared when I first started producing audio and video classes! You could tell I was uncomfortable and insecure by the tone of my voice. But now that I’ve put in a lot of practice time and recorded hundreds of courses, I’m no longer anxious. I have faith in myself.
As a result, getting as much speaking practice as possible is critical. It will take a long time to build up your confidence if you simply speak English once a week for a few minutes in English class! Look for more ways to improve your speaking skills…
#6 – BUILD CONFIDENCE BY PRACTICING IN LOW-PRESSURE SITUATIONS…
That brings us to our final point: practise in low-pressure scenarios before utilizing English in high-pressure situations.
What exactly do I mean?
You must first establish confidence by speaking English in low-pressure circumstances if you wish to speak fluently in those difficult situations. Here are several more low-pressure scenarios to consider.
1) Reading English aloud is a good way to improve your fluency. You can do it on your own, which will help you practice your pronunciation and “get used to” speaking English (without the pressure of a real conversation).
2) You can also practice spontaneous speaking on your own. You can look at a list of conversation questions, assume that someone is asking you the question, and then talk in response. This helps you practice expressing yourself in English — without the strain of a genuine conversation.
3) In a casual setting, practice conversing with another individual. Practice with a buddy or on a language exchange website, for example. This will help you gain confidence in a real conversation, but it will be a calm and casual one with no consequences if you make a mistake.
So, here are our final three confidence-building tips: Use self-assured body language, breathe, smile, and maintain eye contact; practice as much as possible; and practice in low-pressure scenarios such as conversing alone or with a buddy.
If you accomplish these things, your self-assurance will rise! Because many of my students have become more confident as a result of taking my courses and implementing these strategies, I believe you can learn to speak confident English.
That’s all I have time for today; if you want to learn more from me, come to one of my English classes. They provide easy-to-understand courses that can help you learn vocabulary, phrases, grammar, pronunciation, idioms, and much more.