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Confidence at work is a massive part to moving your career forward! Whether it’s performing at an interview, delivering a big presentation or negotiating at a client meeting – confidence will really help you succeed. Confidence can help because it can give clarity in your communication, show self-belief in your own skills and ultimately ensure people trust and believe your judgements and decisions. But how do you do this? Here are some tips to help you in the context of your career.

Confidence is a mindset, so you need to believe that you know what you are talking about. And not only do you know what you are doing, in fact you are very good at it! You will have experience and/or qualifications that have all lead you to this point, so believe in yourself! If you don’t, then no one else will.

In the context of work, preparation will really help you! Spend time thinking and planning for a meeting or interview.  Will you need stats or numbers to back up what you are saying? Do you need to produce a presentation? Think about who is going to be in the meeting and what types of communication or detail they like to see and then include this in your preparation.

As part of your planning set yourself an objective of what you want the end result to be. Then work out a strategy of how you’re going to get there. Having an objective gives you something to focus on and a result to get. It gets you in the mindset of being positive and achieving which negates the nerves. So, be positive and see yourself getting the right results and you’re much more likely to get there!

Often the end goal of being confident is ensuring people react positively to you.  This means looking the part is vitally important.  If you are looking your best, not only do you feel better about yourself, which gives you confidence, but it also gives people confidence in you.

One of the most important elements of confidence is how you communicate. Speak clearly, and breathe rhythmically with your speech to set a pace. Try and use positive language where appropriate, like ‘this will’ and ‘definitely’.  Language that has definite out comes shows a belief in what you are saying! Remember to make eye contact, and use open positive body language.

So, prepare, think positively, communicate clearly and positively, and take into account your audience.  Then you’ll definitely create a good and positive impression and help you be more successful in your career!

Louise Reed is a HR and recruitment professional who inspires career success.

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