Improve your confidence – 4 key tips

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Confidence and Authenticity at work

If you are looking to get visible, get heard and get ahead in your career then you need to improve your confidence and authenticity in the work place.  Whether you’re a CEO, a Senior Manager, or a junior member of staff that’s new to a team confidence and authenticity are essential traits to success. 

Being authentic means that those around you see the real you and you are more likely to build sustainable relationships.  Confidence is what helps you to work successfully with others.  It’s about leading and inspiring those around you or supporting and contributing to a team. Furthermore, it’s also about trusting in your own ability and using your skills effectively. 

The ability to demonstrate confidence and authenticity will build trust and respect with your colleagues, peers, team and clients.

Authenticity means showing people the true you.  Being Authentic comes from within and self-belief is the key.  If you don’t believe in yourself then how do you expect others to have confidence and belief in you.

Making some small changes to your outlook and behaviour can change the way you are perceived. Ask for feedback from people you work with and use the feedback to develop yourself for the future.

Improve your confidence – 4 key tips

1. Believe in yourself:

Self-belief is at the heart of being confident.  Take time to focus on you by doing some self-reflection.  As a result you can improve your self-belief and begin to understand what it is that makes you successful. 

Make a list of your key strengths and your characteristics e.g loyalty, honesty.  Your characteristics are linked to authenticity and people can feel and see the real you if you are living authentically.

Write a list of what you like about yourself and your key strengths and also a list of limiting beliefs (things that prevent you moving forward).  This helps you understand yourself, what makes you confident and successful at work.

2. Prepare yourself:

When faced with a new or complex issue at work, advance preparation can help increase your confidence for when you’re in the middle of the actual situation.  Sit down and think about what needs to be done, the best way to deliver this and how you will need to behave.  When the scenario happens, you’ll be able to demonstrate a natural confidence because you’ll be comfortable dealing with the circumstances head on.

3. Be insightful:

It’s worth remembering that, at some point in their career, almost everybody has doubted themselves.  Remember this insight and use it when you need to.  Understand that you’re no different from the next person and that it’s ok to put work into improving confidence.  Even the most confident person can always benefit.  There are always new situations at work, new challenges, promotions and opportunities where working on confidence is vital.

4. Be who you need to be:

Many of us present an alter-ego at work to the individual at home which is known as ‘Imposter Syndrome’. Confidence is confused with arrogance and bullying and some people believe they are presenting the best of themselves when in fact they are causing mis-trust, conflict and fear in others.

On the other hand confident people at work present the best of themselves however in order to achieve this they adopt a ‘work’ persona’ and wear a mask to hide their vulnerability and feelings. 

Be who you need to be at work to do your job well, push your confidence to the front and use this to be successful. https://behind-the-mask-book.com/

If you need to improve your confidence at work or in your personal life and would like some further information – book a 30 minute call with me to find out how. https://afcconsultants.co.uk/personaldevelopment/behind-the-mask/

Call or email Andrée Funnell on 07702 818665 or email at training@afcconsultants.co.uk