7 Simple Ways To Increase Your Confidence
Possessing confidence in your abilities is a must if you plan to get ahead in your career. So use our tips to gain it — or gain more of it.
By Kevin S. Koenig
Everybody loves confidence — women, men, packs of dogs in search of an alpha leader. Sadly, not everyone possesses it.
When your confidence is high, you perform better. And nowhere is that more important than in the workplace. Whether in an interview, in a meeting, or in the bar at happy hour, coworkers and bosses respond to confidence.
So if you don’t have it, you need it — and if you have it, you could always use more. That’s why we came up with seven tips that can help give your ego a jolt. Use the tips, and we’re confident you’ll feel more … uh, confident.
1. Know You Can Talk To Anybody
The ability to talk easily with people makes you feel and appear confident. So if the thought of joining a conversation with a stranger gives you agida, try using the “Yes, and” technique that improv actors use to keep dialogue flowing.
If, say, the attractive girl in accounting says, “I like working out.” You can respond with, “Yes, and … I do too! I’m actually thinking about possibly running part of a half marathon next weekend.” Now you’ve got a dialogue going, and a potential new running buddy. (Note: Time to start actually running.)