Confidence is key when you’re in a working environment. Whether you’re communicating with clients or liaising with colleagues, you need to be confident enough to deal with any situation that’s thrown at you. Studies also suggest that those who are more outwardly confident are more likely to be promoted, or progress faster at work. Is this because they stand out more in the eyes of senior staff? Or because their obvious confidence makes them appear more competent?
Whatever the reason, it’s clear that confidence has a major impact on how we’re perceived at work. Whether you’re starting a new temporary PA job or gunning for promotion to a top London PA role, here’s how you can boost your confidence in the workplace and make the best possible impression on your colleagues and clients.
Stop talking yourself down
Constructive criticism is important when it comes to improving and progressing at work – but constantly talking yourself down and beating yourself up about small mistakes is not going to have the same effect. It might be in your instincts to be self-deprecating, but adopting a positive mindset can help keep you motivated and boost your confidence.
Confidence doesn’t necessarily mean independence
Many people think that the most confident people are the ones who can take care of themselves and who never need to ask for help. This is a common misconception. The most confident people are actually the ones who feel so comfortable in themselves and their skills, they don’t mind asking for help when they need it. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or admit when you need assistance with something – nobody’s perfect!
Build on strengths and weaknesses
One great way to boost your confidence is to focus on your strengths – the things that you do really well, or the skills that put you above your colleagues. But you should also make an effort to refine your weaker points, making you a more rounded employee. If your analytical skills or your organisational abilities are a cause for concern, work on them – even the fact that you’re improving will help give your confidence a boost.
Think about the language you use
The language we use shapes our thoughts and feelings more than we realise. If you spend the whole day saying ‘I can’t’ or ‘But…’, you’re automatically putting yourself in a negative mindset. Instead of closing off your mind to solutions or preparing yourself to make an excuse why you can’t do something, make an effort!
Fake it ‘til you make it
The old phrase ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ can be very useful for those struggling with their confidence. If you’ve been promoted, or if you’re starting a new job, you’d be amazed how far a confident attitude can get you. By projecting an outward display of assuredness, others will have confidence in you – even if you don’t quite feel it yet yourself! As you become more familiar with your new role, the fake confidence will start to transform into the real thing.
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