In Part 1 we discussed 2 ways to project confidence; 1. Play to your strengths, and 2. Watch your posture. In this Part 2 discussion, we’ll go over 3 more ways to boost your confidence in the meeting room and why it is important to do so. We’ve chosen Carol Kinsey Goman’s article on Forbes.com as a good reference for achieving the confidence you need in the work place.
3. Let Your Worries Wash Away
Goman mentions, “Long before Dale Carnegie, the human potential movement, or self-help videos, a positive outlook was acknowledged to be a crucial part of high-level achievement and confidence. In today’s fast-moving, competitive business environment, a positive, upbeat, ‘can-do’ attitude is vital for success.”
Worrying about what could happen has proven, repeatedly, to be a waste of energy and productivity. Although we know that not worrying is easier said than done, we encourage you to try and ease the worry monster inside of you by reminding it that, most of the time, outcomes do not turn out as bad as you thought they would; and sometimes they end up even better than you could’ve imagined.
4. Expect the Unexpected
All the planning in the world will never guarantee the outcome that you are hoping for. In the bigger picture, you may get to your outcome, but there is no guarantee that you will not run into obstacles along the way. Although planning is essential for a much smoother execution of a task or project, being prepared to adapt to whatever may go wrong, is more useful than continuing to believe that you’ve planned for any possible negative scenario, and that nothing can go wrong.
5. Failure Can Be Your Friend
Learning to embrace failure will most definitely increase confidence, but one must learn from a failure to achieve confidence from it. We have all been through failures, but the key is, think back to a failure, and then think forward to a time when that failure came into good use. For example, was there a time that you failed, vowed to never make the mistake again that caused you to fail, and dodged close calls because you’ve “made that mistake before”?
As Goman says, “Fear of failure is a huge obstacle to developing and projecting self-confidence. But when you know that your failures can’t stop you (if they are learning experiences and “no big deal”), then you increase your confidence that nothing can stop you!”