Confidence is key to being successful in every woman’s career and yet the one thing many often struggle with. People gravitate towards those that exude a sense of confidence in their own power. They feel safe in their presence, want to take their advice, and more importantly, they want to follow them. If your goal is to take on a leadership role or act in any position where you have to influence, then you need to know how to project a confident attitude.
Here are some quick and easy steps you can take:
1. Stand Tall. Good posture portrays confidence and power. Slouching does the opposite. It physically makes you smaller which sends the message that you are afraid, unsure and ultimately, unimportant. Instead, put your shoulders back, chin up and stand to your full height.
2. Walk with Purpose. This makes you look intentional about what you’re doing and where you’re going, philosophically speaking. When you stare at the ground, shuffle your feet, walk slowly, you leave others with the impression that you are hesitant and indecisive. Rather, walk with intent, hold your head high and step up your pace.
3. Make Eye Contact. We can take this one directly from Mother Nature. Dominance, control and the balance of power belongs to those who can look directly into the eyes of another. It’s not always about dominance however. Making and maintaining eye contact also denotes that you are actively listening and engaged in the conversation. A confident person is not afraid to have their voice heard or share their ideas. They are also not threatened by others’ point of views.
4. Speak Clearly and Concisely. Unconfident people will often speak quietly, mumble, ramble on and use self-defeating language; “I think, It might, Maybe if”. There are times when that language is appropriate such as when testing/brainstorming/validating something new. The unconfident person though uses this language perpetually. Alternatively, gather your thoughts so that your message is clear, speak using a balanced tone and speak definitively.
Managing your professional image is within your control. Don't leave it up to chance. Consciously monitor it and take steps to ensure you are always putting your best foot forward.