Confidence doesn’t come all at once, but little by little, the small changes that you make today will become the things you do naturally and you won’t have to think about feeling confident, you just will. Every work day for the next week, think about using one of these tips, and just watch your confidence grow.
- Walk Faster
One of my favourite TV shows as a teenager was The West Wing. It taught me a lot about politics, but mostly I learned that the people in charge walk like they know where they’re going. Confident people walk with purpose, because they know where they’re going and why. So stride out with purpose and see how much more confident you feel.
- Compliment Other People
When you’re not worrying about your own skills and talents, you have so much more time to notice the great things being done by those around you. Conversely, when you’re trapped in a cycle of negative thinking, you often pick at those around you. Make sure you’re focused on the positive when working with others and you’ll naturally focus on the positive within.
- Sit In the Front Row
People who know they have something to add to a conversation sit in a place where they can take part in the conversation. Those who are afraid of being noticed because they’re afraid to be called on sit at the back. So when you’re in a meeting or a presentation, take a seat in a place where you can be part of the conversation, because you’re thoughts will add a perspective to a debate that’s otherwise missing.
- Write A Personal Elevator Pitch
Those veterans of networking meetings will know that every business needs a 30 second pitch which explains what they do, and why they can help to any audience. Why don’t you have one that explains you? Take some time to come up with a brief pitch that explains who you are, your interests, and your talents. Even if you just deliver it to yourself in the mirror, you can’t help but feel good when you explain what you do better than anyone else.
- Speak Out
Those voices which are usually the most valuable in a discussion, are often the ones missing. When we don’t feel confident, we lose our voices to the fear of being wrong or being different. Whether it’s joining a conversation, putting your point across in a meeting, or writing that email that you’ve been wanting to write, speaking out is vital. As soon as you do, you’ll be amazed as how valuable others find your contributions, and that will give you the confidence to keep doing it.
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