If you’ve lost your job, or have not yet found your first job, you haven’t lost your identity–you’re still a superb editor, an amazing PR executive, part of an award winning chess team, the most creative ad woman this side of Mars—so introduce yourself in the present tense. Not I was, but I am! Then tell people what you believe is the right next step on your career path and ask for what you need. But don’t take yourself too seriously. I can say I’m president of a speech, media and training consultancy that helps your CEO look and sound as cool as Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie in the media spotlight. Or, I can say I’m a third-generation Greek-American who had her own Big Fat Greek Wedding in Greece. Use your imagination to be memorable and engaging—and open the path toward friendship.

Ginny Pulos is president of Ginny Pulos Communications, Inc., a speech and media consultancy, and adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is an expert in presentation, storytelling and persuasion in corporate environments.r (www.ginnypulos.com). 

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Be aware of your nonverbal behavior which includes the tone of your voice and what you’re doing with your body. People make instant judgments about us in the first seven seconds we meet, so if you have energy, you create impact. Are you frightened, desperate, depressed, down? Alter your state of mind in a nanosecond with this little trick that’s silly but effective and fun. Before meeting someone, play the “Miss America” or “Rocky” theme in your head.  Stand there for a minute with your hands on your hips, feet slightly apart.  Drop your hands.  Hear the melody as you walk into the room. While you’re feeling as if you have the world at your feet or just conquered Mount Everest, take in the energy of the room. Then engage.  This little exercise will help you communicate confidence.  The rest is up to you.

Ginny Pulos is president of Ginny Pulos Communications, Inc., a speech and media consultancy, and adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is an expert in presentation, storytelling and persuasion in corporate environments.r (www.ginnypulos.com). 

For more tips on speaking with confidence check our other blog posts. We welcome you to subscribe to our posts and the Ginny Pulos Communications Facebook page.

To communicate confidence, eliminate “I think,” “I hope” and “I feel” from your vocabulary.

When men use “I think,” “I hope” and “I feel” women think they have a highly developed feminine side of the mind and we like it.  When women use these phrases people think we’re weak, wishy-washy, indecisive and lacking in confidence.

So here’s a tip both sexes can use:  replace these weak phrases with “I know,” “I believe,” “I plan,” “I anticipate,” “I look forward to” to communicate your confidence to internal or external colleagues, senior management, to everyone.

Who do you think is going to get the raise, the budget, the opportunity?  The person who says “I think,” “I hope” and “I feel”  or the one who uses “I know,” “I believe,” “I plan,” “I anticipate,”  “I look forward to?”  You be the judge.

Ginny Pulos is president of Ginny Pulos Communications, Inc., a speech and media consultancy, and adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She is an expert in presentation, storytelling and persuasion in corporate environments.r (www.ginnypulos.com). 

For more tips on speaking with confidence check our other blog posts. We welcome you to subscribe to our posts and the Ginny Pulos Communications Facebook page.

What Our Clients Say

Lauren, you took a rather difficult and sensitive topic [Image Impact] that is often neglected in corporate American and turned it into something we all felt comfortable talking about openly. Your guidelines will enable all of us to look our best in our day-to-day environment. We haven’t seen any more ties that “walk, talk or bloom” since you were here.