Trusting Your Gut and Displaying Confidence
People often ask, “How will I know when to change topics or close the session?” The truth is that it takes practice and trusting yourself. Practice comes from observing others, asking questions, trying to debrief and succeeding, trying to debrief and failing a little. Preparation is highly important as well.
You might have to act – or “fake it ’till you make it” – a few times. You have to act like you know what you are doing, even if you feel like a novice. Remember that the group does not know that what you are thinking or have planned. Capitalize on that! The more you act confident, the more you will BE confident. Plus. with practice and preparation, the confidence will start to feel less like an act, and more like a natural state of being.