Give Yourself A Boost!

Give Yourself A Boost!

There are some people on this planet that exude confidence.  Whenever they’re faced with a challenge, they smile and take it on full force.  They never seem to doubt themselves.  That’s a great characteristic to have! However, for the vast majority of people around the world, confidence doesn’t necessarily come as easily.  That’s why I think it’s important that everyone take a moment to read this wonderful article written by Christina DesMarais, a writer for Inc.com and Forbes.  Building confidence can take many years and lots of various experiences, but there are six quick things anyone can do to give them an instant confidence boost whenever it’s needed:

  1. Don’t slouch.  Slouching is a big nonverbal tip off that you lack confidence in yourself.
  2. Understand most people aren’t thinking about you.  It’s normal to believe “oh no, everyone heard me stumble through that last slide!” when most likely the people listening were more focused on what they would order the next time they head to the coffee shop.
  3. Stop with the negative self-talk! Telling yourself “I’m going to do the best job I can possibly do” will certainly give you more faith in yourself than “I know I can’t do this.”
  4. Lighten up.  Make it a point to smile more.
  5. Handle mistakes with grace.  They happen to everyone.  Just look at the big picture and decide “will this really matter in six months?”
  6. Be open to feedback. Don’t be afraid to approach professors and classmates for feedback after a presentation.  Make a point to attend campus events that will connect you with alumni and other professionals.  These opportunities will further develop your communication skills and in turn, feel more confident interacting with others.
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