Friday, 29 March 2013

7 Tips for Giving your Opinions with Confidence

Opinions. We all have them, whether they are carefully researched or something we've absorbed by 

Show 'em you're right! (from 12 Angry Men)
skimming the headlines of the Daily Mail. Sometimes it's better to keep them to yourself and a small number of other people (for example, if you think that Fifty Shades of Grey is the most well-written piece of literature of our time, or that, say, parents should be allowed to execute their children), but there are times when you need to state your opinions clearly and articulately. You might be asked at a meeting for your thoughts on the current project. You might find yourself in a heated debate, giving opinions on everything from corporal punishment to the reunion of Steps.

This doesn't seem to be a problem for some people, but many of us find that our brains and tongues fail us when we need them the most. If you've ever found yourself stumbling and tongue-tied when asked your opinion, feeling like an idiot and later kicking yourself with "I should have said THAT!" you'll know what I mean. Being embarrassed in public can make you feel like crap, and the less faith you have in your own opinions, the less secure you can feel speaking up in front of people.