These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility (Fast Company)

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.

Your credibility as speaker always hinges on what you’re saying, but it also has a lot to do with how you say it. When you’re nervous, these common bad habits are easy to miss, but paying a little more attention to how you look and sound can help you come across as someone really worth listening to.

  • Oversmiling
  • Too much energy
  • Winking
  • Rapid Pacing
  • Fidgeting
  • Stoic Delivery
  • Variable pitch

I’ve found that pacing can sometimes be a challenge in my public speaking. I try to focus on rooting my feet in a spot, and consciously not moving.

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