Confidence and cowardice are important speech-related concepts to be discussed. It is either you are a speaker with confidence or a speaker with cowardice.

Confidence is the state of being certain or trusting the words, actions and abilities of oneself or others. I will also look at confidence as a self-sustaining prophecy. A good speaker should know how to speak with confidence. It is essential in different aspects of life such as teaching, speech presentation, debate, interviews, program management and marketing activities.

Cowardice indicates a failure of an individual’s character in the face of a challenge or duty. To overcome cowardice as a speaker, make a list of all your strong points and be prepared before communicating your intentions. Note the positive things about yourself and the good things you know you are good at doing. Think about the praises you have received from people. Whatever it is, write it down.

Try to exude confidence in all aspects of your life. Say encouraging words to yourself. Stay away from negative thoughts and pessimistic people. Make sure you surround yourself with successful and optimistic individuals. Looking at yourself in a better way can change your life and help your confidence level rise.

Say no to cowardice and embrace confidence.

With confidence, you have won before you have started.

- Marcus Garvey