How To Exude Confidence At Work

Other than skills, which are one of the major factors that makes you who you are at work and contributes largely to your work performance, exuding confidence is just as important when making the impression you want on people. It is a great way to earn respect from your bosses as well as your colleagues. How to exude confidence at work lies in the impression you make when people see you and talk to you and the message you put out when you enter a room.

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Here are a few ways on how to exude confidence at the workplace.

Make eye contact

Nothing gives more away about a person’s lack of confidence than when he cannot make eye contact. How to exude confidence is to look people in the eye when you talk to them, but remember to look away from time to time. When you’re nervous, it’s easy to focus on the plant just behind the person you’re talking to. It’s also easy to overdo it when you keep repeating in your head “look him in the eye, look him in the eye .” It may border on creepy, so be aware when you do this. Over time, you will master it. Making eye contact will come naturally to you, whether you’re intimidated or not. Like most things, this takes practice.

Talk with conviction

exude confidenceMore than making eye contact, how to exude confidence also lies largely with the impression you make when you talk to people. You will find that it is easier to get people to listen to you when you talk without stammering and are firm with your words. People will take you seriously if they sense that you are sure and confident. Your ideas and opinions will be heard and respected when delivered with conviction. When unsure about what you are about to say, admit it. Do not go on pretending you know what you are talking about only to find later on that you were wrong all along. When you find yourself in a situation where you’re being asked a question you don’t know the answer to, let them know that you will have to check and get back to them. No matter how prepared you are, you still might get thrown a question you’re unsure about. So don’t be embarrassed about not knowing things; it’s how you address what’s unfamiliar that leaves the impression.

Dress For Success

When you leave the house in the morning feeling good about yourself, it will reflect in your behavior and outlook. The clothes we wear send a message; what message do you want to send when at work? If people think you are important, they will treat you like you are. How to exude confidence with the way you dress is pretty straightforward; what matters more is the effect that looking good has on you. Feeling good about the way you look is an easy way to boost confidence. However, do not get caught up with how people react to you; do this one for yourself so you do not end up seeking people’s reactions.

Smile And Be Friendly

Lastly, do not be intimidated to say hello and chat up colleagues and bosses when the opportunity presents itself. How to exude confidence is by being friendly as well. A smile generally means that a person is happy, confident, and secure about himself. An inviting smile is a powerful tool to let people know that you are approachable. You never know who you might establish strong connections with and the information you may gather by being friendly.

Over time, you will notice the difference in people’s reactions and treatment of you. How to exude confidence at work will take practice, and in the end, it will boost your self-esteem. A healthy level of confidence at work will most likely result in challenging but doable projects for you where you can prove what you are capable of, and a promotion might just be around the next office corner.

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.