Updated: Oct 19
Professionals who know how to show confidence at work are more likely to succeed than those who don't, even though the latter may be much more talented and industrious.
Do you feel that you are not getting the recognition you deserve at your workplace? Do you often feel others seem to be advancing much faster in their careers while you are busy doing a good job? Are you not able to showcase confidence in a fair way according to your skills, expertise and experience?
As an Executive Coach, I have observed that confidence is the key trait responsible for a professional's ability to ascend the career ladder. You often need to project confidence as part of your personal brand on a daily basis, be it conversations with your team, meetings with clients or pitches to investors.
Confident professionals are self-motivated, have high self-esteem, and don’t hesitate to take calculated risks. Conveying confidence should be about how to project a more confident impression while staying true to yourself. According to my experience, your efforts to project confidence should involve expressing your honest values, goals and ideas, instead of faking them.
10 Tips to Project Confidence and Create an Excellent Presence at Workplace
You can level up your confidence and presence by understanding how to show confidence at work. Implementing the right strategies will have a domino effect; the more confidence you project, the more people will be impressed and acknowledge your presence. Here are 10 powerful tips for projecting your confidence to create a long-lasting impression.
1. Play to Your Strengths
Knowing your strengths paves a brilliant way to build and showcase impeccable confidence. Determine the things that you are best at and let your strengths guide your actions. Working according to your strengths produces energy and passion. This approach not only boosts your confidence but empowers you to greater success too.
2. Work on Your Weaknesses
Nobody is perfect and everyone has their own set of flaws or weaknesses. Identify where you need to improve and while sharpening your strengths for better confidence, you should also work on your weaknesses. Improving weaknesses and overcoming personal shortcomings are crucial to building your confidence and growing your opportunities.
3. Use Body Language to Show Confidence
Your posture and body language are crucial to determine your perceived confidence. Only a small percentage (7%) of human communication happens through spoken words, while the majority (93%) happens via body language. Learn effective ways to master this form of nonverbal communication to improve your ability to communicate with confidence in the workplace.
4. Be Assertive
Assertiveness plays a vital role in expressing yourself with confidence. Recognize and learn assertive behaviour and communication to express yourself effectively and to build up long-lasting confidence and self-belief. As per my experience, this approach also helps to manage stress and anger by improving your coping skills.
5. Be Optimistic
Optimism is a mindset that enables you to view your circumstances, events and people with a favourable and positive perspective. Train your brain to be more optimistic and to suppress negative self-talk effectively. Live in the moment, embrace how amazing you are becoming with each passing day, that practice will help to strengthen and exhibit your confidence.
6. Accept Failure and Setbacks
Success as well as setbacks both are inevitable parts of our lives. Most setbacks are tough and challenging, but they also give us an opportunity to pause, reflect, learn, restart and reshape our lives. Instead of getting overwhelmed and anxious by them, perceive them as opportunities to grow your career and your confidence.
7. Accept Yourself as You Are
Your perception of yourself is a crucial factor in determining your self-confidence. Learn to accept and appreciate yourself for a happy life. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to appear perfect, you need to see yourself with a kind of familiarity. You need to clear your mind from critical thoughts related to self-hate and negativity to feel confident in your skin.
8. Get Acquainted with Like-Minded People
Your surroundings and the type of people you often deal with, influence your confidence level. Always seek and interact with individuals who support your views and statements and are always ready to support you when needed. You can connect with people who have similar hobbies and interests as you and it's not necessary just to have similar career-oriented motives.
9. Ask For Feedback
The best way to determine your perception among people at your workplace is to ask for feedback from individuals you trust to see whether they perceive you as confident. You may discover if there is a certain issue that might be hampering your image and confidence level. Identify such areas of your personality and rectify them.
10. Seek Professional Help
If you want to improve your professional image to accelerate your professional growth, seeking help from a professional executive coach can be a great idea. They help you to improve your leadership skills, decision-making abilities, communication skills and productivity which ultimately boost your confidence at your workplace.
Get the credit you deserve in work, and come across as confident who will be trusted more by others with the above-mentioned strategies. Set yourself up for success by displaying more confidence in your abilities, competence and contributions.
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Smita D Jain is a Certified Life Coach, Executive Coach and NLP Practitioner. Smita’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Performance Enhancement Coaching Programs enable introverted executives to speak with confidence and communicate with impact so that they emerge leaders sooner than envisaged.
Prior to her journey as a coach, Smita had extensive experience of 14 years as a corporate and business strategy professional with Fortune 500 companies. She is also a TEDx speaker, a panellist cum speaker at various public forums, a published writer, and an Amazon bestselling author.
You can learn more about Personal Empowerment Life Coach and Executive Coach Smita D Jain’s ‘Empower Yourself’ Coaching Programs by visiting www.lifecoachsmitadjain.com and book a strategy session at https://www.lifecoachsmitadjain.com/booking.