How to be More Confident at Work

Whether you’re dreading that looming presentation; comparing yourself to an overachieving colleague, or a bad day has simply got you down, you could probably do with an extra dose of workplace confidence. According to Statistics and Trends, poor self-belief can be a serious barrier to career progression. In a survey conducted in 2015:

  • 20% of respondents thought themselves to be a ‘push-over’ at work
  • 32% were afraid of putting their ideas forward
  • 20% felt they had missed out on a promotion due to a lack of self-belief
  • 46% feared public speaking

Fortunately for us, self-confidence is something we can build upon and nurture. It’s a powerful tool for any professional and can boost motivation, performance and workplace opportunities.

Self-belief translates well in a professional setting. And with that in mind, here are some ideas to help boost your confidence and get stuff done in your professional life…

Be prepared

Sometimes confidence is just practice. Doing the groundwork and knowing your role is key to projecting a self-assured image at work. We often hear the old adage ‘play to your strengths’, and it’s a good one. But it’s also important to acknowledge your weaknesses and commit to improving them. Resting on your laurels will not get you that promotion.

Take action

We know it can be hard to step out of your comfort zone, but using your voice will highlight your knowledge and capability. If you’re concerned about the aftermath with your colleagues, don’t be. Remain calm, state the facts and invite them to join in with the conversation. Sitting quietly on the side-lines and grumbling to yourself won’t change anything.

Choose confidence

You may not realise it, but the most confident of people choose a positive state of mind over the negative alternative. Taking the step to ignore those pesky voices that say ‘you can’t do it’ isn’t easy, but the more you push yourself, the quieter they will become.

Own it

Be assertive. Expressing yourself and saying your piece can be empowering. And yes, being the centre of attention can be nerve-wracking when you’re not used to it, but even the best public speakers needed practice. Stick to the point, use honest and clear language. Most importantly, don’t confuse being aggressive with being assertive. Ignoring the rights and feelings of your colleagues when you speak won’t make your voice more powerful than theirs.

First and foremost, be comfortable being you. We all bring different skills and experience to the table. Work to your strengths and work on your weaknesses. In time you’ll wonder what you were so worried about.

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