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Whether you are a writer of a CEO of a major corporation or you work for a smaller company, it is hard to exude confidence in a boy’s playground. But, we still have to find a way to win. Otherwise, the climate for females in the workplace will never change. There are many factors but confidence is the key. A confident woman is a strong, capable and independent leader.
Below you will find five ways to exude assurance.
Dress To Impress
Have you ever heard the saying “looking good equals feeling good?” Well, this is particularly true for women due to body image pressures. One slip up outfit wise can ruin a day in a matter of seconds.
In some cases, the stigma lasts forever. Yep, girls have to be on point, but it isn’t as hard as it sounds. The trick is to wear clothes which fit. Some women try to fit into clothes which they think gives off the right image but only heightens stereotypes. A tailored outfit is one which is powerful and chic in one foul swoop.
Smiling is easier than frowning. And, the health benefits are wide-ranging according to http://ggsmiles.com. The experts say a quick flash of a person’s pearly whites can impact everything from stress levels to mood.
In everyday life, these are important considerations, but more so in the office. People politics means the environment may be a toxic one at times. Therefore, a confidence boost is essential for survival. Merely smiling will produce hormones which help the cause. Plus, happy people tend to be well-liked.
Forbes believes shy people fall behind the eight ball because of their inability to network. One thing is for sure: it’s nice to have friends at work. Not only will they have your back, but a support group is a form of validation. In simple terms, it means people like you and you like them back. Before you can enjoy the benefits, though, you have to get your personality across. Schmooze is probably the wrong word to use because it invokes images of brown nosing. The key is to be friendly, take an interest and listen.
Don’t Talk Too Much
The good people at Psychology Today have very kindly written an open letter to talkers. In it, they say you need to stop talking too much! The main reason it is a negative character trait is perception.
Colleagues and managers alike will assume you are not confident enough to deal with silences. Unfortunately, they are right as all the evidence points to this being the case. Even though it’s difficult, try to let silences linger in the air.
Stop Comparing Yourself
Everyone does it yet women seem to do it more. Rather than accepting out flaws and trying to find a solution, we fret. “She can do this, she can do that, and I can’t do anything!” firstly, that’s not true because everyone has strengths and weaknesses. Secondly, it’s a defeatist attitude which leads to stress and image issues.
The next time you go into the office, you will strut in like a model on a catwalk.