But while you may not go out of your way to intimidate, some of the habits and techniques you’ve picked up might be creating a harsher impression than you realize.
In fact, a few of the common tips for speakers, including how to come across as more “authoritative” and “powerful,” can actually backfire. It’s pretty easy to appear colder and more stern than you intend to.
He strides up to the front of the room and glowers at the students, then launches into a no-nonsense monologue that quickly establishes Snape’s intimidating persona.
The then Sunderland manager paid a British transfer record for a goalkeeper, but would end up making a show of Gordon in training.
Keane wasn't happy with a goal the keeper conceded, so thought he'd show them how it was done, and jumped in goal.
"I put the gloves on and I said that if they could get the ball past me I’d give them a thousand pounds each but, if they missed, they’d have to give me a hundred. I tipped a few on to the bar, on to the post, and I kept a clean sheet.
It can help you build momentum and capture an audience’s attention.
But when your repeated phrases take the form of a “drill-down”–a rapid-fire succession of questions–whatever power you were hoping to convey just becomes off-putting and abrasive.