Confidence is a pretty big issue in nearly everyone’s lives. Don’t think for a second that the super successful salesperson at your work doesn’t doubt his or herself, yet somehow they still exude self-assurance. How do they do it?
Being confident has never been something that came easy to me. In fact, I still struggle with it on a day-to-day basis. I wish I could ooze assertiveness and a sense of know-how in everything I do. There has to be some tricks, right? Carolyn Steber over at Bustle must have been wondering about the same thing because she put together a pretty awesome list of ways you can improve your confidence at work. I couldn’t agree more with her ideas, so I listed my favorite below. Check it out!
1. Be All About That Work Outfit
Fashion can say a lot about who you are and what you’re about, all in one glance. I’ve discussed some fashion tips for your working life before and how important it is, not only to those around you, but for your own self as well. You just feel more put together if you bother to put some effort into your work wardrobe!
3. Keep Your Desk Looking Top Notch
Messy people don’t evoke a sense of control and organization to you, do they? Then why would it be okay to have a completely chaotic desk life? This positive image will do more than just make you look good; you’ll probably notice an increase in your productivity, too!
4. Adopt A Professional Phone Voice
I can tell you from personal experience how important this is. In fact, I thought it was something that everyone did, but was quite surprised when I stepped into the working world that some people just had no clue how to sound professional over the phone. I grew up with a mother who worked in real estate so I would listen to her calls all the time and slowly adopted that professional persona. Because people obviously can’t see you via the phone, the tone of your voice and the way you speak goes a long way!
5. Be Cool With Taking Risks
The idea of stepping into a new project or area of work that you have zero experience in can be pretty intimidating. Yet you took the risk to apply to your job and you nailed that, so why not try for some more? Taking risks at work can really pay off and make your managers notice you. Of course, be wary and don’t take any unnecessary risks, but also don’t be afraid to be the one the thinks way outside the box.
8. Ask For Some Constructive Feedback
This is something truly rare in our society. Actually asking for criticism isn’t something you hear about. Why? Probably because most of us are afraid of losing our jobs if we stick our necks out and draw attention to ourselves. Except that’s exactly what you need to do if you want to appear more confident. Taking feedback from your managers shows you’re engaged and want to learn.
10. Have Some Good Posture
I’ve talked about posture before and I will continue to talk about how I actually practice what I preach. The way you sit in your chair at work not only affects you physically but emotionally and mentally as well. Slouchers don’t want to get noticed. Throw your shoulders back and level your chin. You’re now poised for success! It may surprise you how much better it feels, too, but don’t be surprised if you’re a little sore from the change at first.