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Positive thinking can produce positive results in the Speaking Test

It’s important to pay attention to a bit of useful psychology. How positive thinking and how you present yourself and the way you behave can strongly influence how others see you. When you are being evaluated in any live situation, it is natural to feel nervous or stressed. This applies to common events in life including job interviews, public presentations, speeches and also the IELTS Speaking Test.

What you want is for the IELTS examiner to think that you are confident and in control. In fact, the examiner will be actively giving you the opportunities to show this. The examiner will be looking to see if you are confident when speaking and if you can control the English language well. It is challenging to feel nervous because someone is evaluating and, at the same time, be aware that you need to appear confident and in control.

To act in a confident way you need to think in a confident way. If you act in a confident way, you will see this reflected in the interaction. I use the word act because you know how you need to appear even though you’re likely to be feeling nervous. We can train ourselves to think positively so we feel more confident and project this to others. We think in words, so you can tell yourself positive phrases and sentences in your thought process.

This positive thinking can start at very early stages of preparation but is particularly important in the few minutes before the IELTS Speaking Test. A few minutes before your speaking test, you may find yourself in one of many situations: walking to the test room, sitting or standing in the waiting area, or even in the toilet. Wherever you are, you need to find some time to think to yourself.

The kind of language you need to be thinking includes positive phrases and sentences about yourself and what you have to do. For example, you could think “I am good at speaking English and can control a conversation in English” or, “I can smile and make frequent eye-contact with the examiner”. Smiling and making frequent eye-contact can really contribute to giving an impression of confidence and control. Think to yourself, “this test is only for 11-14 minutes and I can act like I’m confident and can be in control of a conversation for that time” and “I will sit with a confident posture and speak with a confident tone of voice”. Notice how confident people use positive body language and a confident voice to impress people.

It’s incredible how positive thinking can influence the way we act and seem to others. The negative thoughts tend to come without any effort, especially when we’re feeling nervous. It’s your role to make sure that you make an effort to think enough positive language so the negativity doesn’t win. If you tell yourself positive messages, you will appear more confident and in control and you will perform better. We generally achieve much more when we think positively and act confidently and in control. You are in your space. Start thinking.

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