How to come across as confident at work
9 Tips for more self-confidence
Self-confidence exudes professionalism and can help you succeed in your career. But self-confidence doesn’t always come naturally, and many professionals will wonder how to appear more confident in their workplace. Recognizable? In this article, we share 10 practical tips to help you be more confident at work.
#1 Know your strengths
One of the first steps to coming across as more confident at work is knowing your strengths. If you know what you are good at and what you contribute to the team or organization, you will exude more confidence. Make a list of your strengths and 5 things you have accomplished that you are proud of.
#2 Be well prepared
Self-confidence often comes from a sense of competence. Make sure you are well prepared for work. Do your homework, prepare for meetings and presentations, and be aware of the latest developments in your field. If you have a meeting, check in advance on Linkedin to see who your interlocutors will be. If you are well prepared, you will be better able to respond to what is asked of you on the spot and to unexpected events.
#3 Improve your communication
Effective communication is essential to appearing confident at work. Work on improving your communication skills, both oral and written. Be clear and concise in your messages, actively listen to others (listen carefully, let people finish and be interested, it is really appreciated) and ask questions if you don’t understand something. By communicating clearly, you will appear more confident in your interactions.
#4 Show initiative
Self-assurance is often associated with pro activity. Take initiative in your work and look for opportunities to contribute to projects and initiatives. Be willing to take responsibility and show that you are proactive in addressing challenges. Find out how you can help others and contribute (every week) to someone else’s project.
#5 Be aware of your presentation
How you present yourself at work can affect how confident you come across. Maintain a professional appearance by wearing appropriate clothing, being groomed and being mindful of personal hygiene. Also pay attention to your body language. Consider an upright posture, eye contact, smile and a firm handshake.
#6 Be positive and constructive
Positivity and purposefulness are characteristics of confident professionals. Everyone becomes happier with positive colleagues around you. So avoid negativity, gossiping or complaining in your workplace. Focus on solutions rather than problems and be willing to cooperate and contribute to a positive work environment.
#7 Be kind to yourself
It is important to give yourself some space to make mistakes and learn from failures. No one is perfect all the time. Be kind and understanding to yourself as you would be to a colleague. Practice with this and accept that you don’t have to know everything or always do everything right. This will help you be more gentle with yourself and increase your self-confidence. Have you made a mistake and can’t get it off your chest? Write it off. This will help.
#8 Be assertive
Your opinion matters. Be assertive (not to be confused with aggressive) in expressing your opinion, setting boundaries and standing up for yourself. Avoid being overly accommodating or letting your own needs override your own. Learn how to be assertive in a respectful way and make yourself heard in a confident manner.
#9 Continue to develop yourself
Self-confidence grows through success experiences, self-knowledge and personal development. Keep investing in yourself by continuing to learn, taking training courses, expanding your skills and challenging yourself with new tasks or projects. These don’t all have to be big projects, small steps count too. By continuing to grow and develop yourself, you will become more confident in your own abilities and thus radiate this at work.
Self-confidence is a valuable trait that can advance your career and help you be successful in your professional life. With these tips, you can confidently do your job and make a positive impression at your workplace. So, invest in yourself and apply these tips to appear confident. You will find that it will help you achieve your career goals.