You can get ahead by employing these 8 tricks to mask your insecurities, make you feel more confident, and have others see you as a confident person.
Confidence in the workplace is one of the most important qualities you can have. Showing your colleagues and managers that you believe in yourself leads them to believe in you too.
You can get ahead by employing these 8 tricks to mask your insecurities, make you feel more confident, and have others see you as a confident person even when you don't feel like one.
How to Feel Confident
Never Undermine Yourself
Negativity can be the downfall in any job and to be a confident employee you cannot undermine yourself. Many people make self-deprecating remarks as a defensive mechanism so that expectations of them are lowered.
Instead, use positive self-talk to remain confident. And never ever talk badly about yourself out loud or in front of supervisors.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Even the smallest accomplishment should be celebrated in the workplace - even if you’re the only one doing the celebrating. Spoil yourself with your favourite cup of coffee every time you make a sale, exceed your targets, or get a great customer review.
Simple celebrations are an ideal way to remind yourself that you’re awesome and capable of success.
Count Your Blessings
It’s so important to remind yourself about what’s great about your job. Be happy and you’ll be able stay motivated to do even more pushing. For every negative thought, counter it with a positive one – there is always someone with a worse boss, worse benefits, and worse colleagues than you.
Always always always avoid dwelling on the negative.
Ask For Feedback
Regularly requesting feedback is a great way to build pride in your abilities. If the feedback’s positive, you’ll instantly feel better about yourself. If it’s somewhat negative, you’ll be motivated to improve and soon you’ll produce better work, which in turn will make you feel better about yourself. By looking for the positive in every situation, you’ll feel more confident about yourself and your future.
How to Appear Confident
Focus on Your Strengths
Understanding your innate strengths will make you a more confident employee. This is because you will know which extra tasks to take on or when to volunteer for a certain project at work. Because you already know what needs to be done and how, you’ll appear confident and competent.
Look the Part
Make a point of wearing clothes that you’re comfortable in, and that is well-put together. A benefit to dressing the part is that others will begin to look up to you as a professional in your field. Showing confidence outwardly through appropriate business attire is a great way to boost your confidence inwardly too.
Tip: Try mirroring the style of your management team.
Speak the Part
When in conversation with others, concentrate to slow down your words. Not only will you appear to be more in control, but you’ll also have time to consider what to say next. This helps to avoid slip-ups and mispronunciations. Make a point of adding pauses after impactful points, like when you’re pitching a new idea. It will add more weight to whatever your last sentence was and give your audience time to soak it in, adding to the total amount of authority and confidence you project.
Tip: Keep the voice a tone or two lower. People tend to view speakers with lower speaking voices as having more authority and confidence.
Mind Your Body Language
People read your body language instinctively, often without second-thought. It’s because our poses and postures reflect our mood and our confidence level. We stand and walk a certain way when we’re confident and another way when we’re nervous. With a little practice, we can learn the tips to show confidence through body language so that we always appear confident, capable and ready.
Always stand upright with your head held high, roll your shoulders back, firmly plant your feet and open your chest. Give a strong handshake, remember to smile, and try not to fidget.
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