Lack confidence at work? Read this article. It will change your life…
Fake it ’til you make it
When going for an interview, dress for where you want to be, not where you are. And try wearing red. Research shows the brain associates red with danger, so people wearing it appear more fearless.
Public speaking can inspire terror in even the most apparently capable people. Envisage yourself as a figure who is in control in spite of chaos. Practise this every day; toes spread, shoulders open and hands by your side, facing forwards. Before making a presentation, do a full practice run and ask someone to film you. You’ll notice and be able to correct habits that give away your nerves.
Don’t hold back
Fear of failure is one of the biggest treats to confidence. To be ‘good’ at something is a simple way to build self-esteem. Completing small tasks – your to-do list or a project you’ve been putting off – can give a much-needed confidence boost.
Asking for a raise? Approach the conversation like you’re asking on someone else’s behalf. And don’t apologise for asking. Ever.
Say thank you
Learn to always accept compliments. A simple ‘thank you’ is much more genuine than deflecting praise or refusing to acknowledge when you’ve done something really well.
Don’t let yourself be walked over in a meeting. Sit somewhere visible. If someone interrupts while you’re speaking, wait until they’ve finished, then pick up where you left off.
Making a tricky phone call? Stand up! Something about being upright, with feet firmly on the floor, makes you feel decisive and less likely to be bulldozed.
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