Being self-confident is incredibly empowering – both personally and socially. If you are self-confident, you’ll take on challenges that, in turn, will lead to all sorts of success. Also, communicating self-confidence to others opens up all kinds of opportunities for you. You can improve at how you communicate self-confidence, here are tips on how to do just that.
Know Who You Are
Understand that you are unique and avoid comparing yourself to others. Be aware of the unique contribution that you bring to your workplace and to life in general. Play to your strengths. Focus on the career progression that’s right for you and on where you want to go professionally.
We have an inner critical voice within our subconscious. Acknowledge the existence of negative thoughts but challenge them too. When you take the time to challenge your inner critic, you realise that a lot of the negativity is based on incorrect assumptions.
In order to be self-confident, it is important to start from the right place. Have real appreciation for all the good things in your life, including achievements.
Maintain Good Eye Contact
Eye contact is your primary tool for establishing non-verbal connections with other people. Merely glancing at someone for one second or less is known as an eye dart and conveys insecurity, anxiety or evasion.
Always be ready to give a firm handshake. This is especially true when meeting someone new. A limp handshake sends a very negative message.
Dress the Part
A smart casual dress code is not a licence for careless dress. Even where you have discretion, making an effort to dress smartly means people are more likely to take you seriously. It shows you value your job. Convey professionalism. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
Never, ever underestimate the power of a smile. People are more likely to approach you voluntarily if you appear pleasant. If you want to convey energy and enthusiasm, allow your face to become more animated.
Watch Your Tone
We have all heard it said to us at some stage, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it”. Notice the non-verbal elements of your voice such as voice tone, pacing, pausing, volume, inflection, pitch and articulation.
Give Full Attention
When speaking with a colleague or client, square your shoulders toward them, provide good eye contact and connect with them. These non-verbal cues show you respect the other person and that you are interested in them.