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Have you noticed that there are just some people who, when they talk, the whole room pays attention? Having a side bar simply doesn’t feel like an option. Even though you didn’t all go to that dinner party to hear this one person speak, they have a way of asserting themselves that makes you feel like you did—interrupting, or whispering to your neighbor, would just feel wrong. Those people have a little something I like to call presence. Presence and confidence tend to be a part of the same bundle. But, for the record, very few people who appear confident actually feel that confident on the inside. They have just learned some techniques that help them look like they have a handle on everything—that make others feel comfortable around them. It’s a great skill to have in everything from your social to your business life. Here are habits that make you appear insecure, and how to fix them. adult woman has a puzzled expression on her face while talking with her friend. They are having coffee in the woman’s apartment.

Turning statements into questions

If you’re saying a statement then say it. Put a period at the end of it. When phrasing statements more as questions like, “Maybe we could increase our output in this department?” you make others around you feel that not even you have total faith in your idea.

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