Top 4 Confidence Building Tips for Professional Women

Self-confidence has a knack for attracting success.  There may be a lot of people out there who may have skills and talents similar to yours, but what will set you apart from them is your belief in yourself. The more confident you are of your potential, the greater will be your power to attract the clients, projects and/or deals you want. After all, unless you feel good about yourself, you won’t be able to convince others that you have what it takes to succeed.

How to boost your self confidence?

Tip 1- Fake it till you make it!

So, you aren’t feeling too confident about yourself or feel intimidated by your colleagues? Well, then your best option is not to let it show! Even more so if you work in a male dominated profession. Men tend to show a great degree of gender loyalty, especially when they are in majority.  Appearing confident is therefore, essential if you want to be taken seriously. Some common tricks that will give you an aura of self- confidence include- a) A firm handshake b) Walking with your back straight c) Talking slowly and articulately d) Making eye contact while talking e) Knowing your subject well.

The best part of faking it is that the longer you do it, the more confident you will start feeling!

Tip 2- Pay attention to your grooming and health

A woman’s physical appearance too affects her confidence levels.  This doesn’t mean to appear confident, you must look and feel stunning. Just feeling good about yourself and your grooming can do wonders for your self- confidence.

Tip 3- Stand up for yourself

Compassion and empathy, though wonderful traits, should not stop you from asserting yourself in the work place.  Remember being cool headed and understanding is not the same thing as letting people walk all over you.  For example, if you let people talk disrespectfully to you because you don’t want to create a scene or because you understand where they are coming from, it will send across the message that you do not have  enough confidence to stand up for yourself.

Tip 4- Love Yourself

At the end of the day your confidence levels are determined by how you view yourself. So, ‘Love yourself’ is perhaps the most important and powerful technique for building your confidence levels. Make a list of all that’s good about you and go through it whenever you feel low and depressed. Most importantly, cut down on the negative self-talk. Instead, talk positively to yourself, just like you would to your best friend, partner or spouse, when he/she is feeling particularly down and out.

Self-confidence is a state of mind. So, all that you need to do to banish those clouds of self-doubt is to make a conscious effort to see yourself in better and more flattering light.

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