Confidence is key to succeeding in the workplace, whether you’re going for an interview, giving a presentation or speaking at a meeting. Not everyone finds it easy to come across as confident, so here are a few things that will make you appear confident, even if you don’t feel like it!
You’ve dressed the part, but you just don’t feel comfortable? Being comfortable in what you’re wearing can sky rocket your confidence. Find an alternative outfit that you feel comfortable in, that is also work-appropriate, and your confidence and the fact that you are comfortable in yourself, will be apparent. This also goes for making that little bit of extra effort if you’re trying to impress and appear confident. Getting up a bit earlier the morning of your meeting/presentation and putting some extra effort into your hair or makeup, or even just having more time in the morning to properly wake yourself up so you are fresh faced and prepared for the day, will make a huge difference.
Posture can say a lot about someone. If you are slouched over with your head down, this makes you seem shy and withdrawn. Whereas, rolling your shoulders back and standing/sitting up straight, will make you look more approachable, and overall far more confident in yourself.
A smile goes a long way. A smile can change someone’s opinion very quickly of you. If you are nervous or worried, this can be read very quickly from the look on your face. So, even if you have to ‘fake it ‘till you make it’, cracking a smile can make you seem more friendly and approachable overall. You could also even ask some questions or pay whomever you are talking or presenting to, a compliment. This will start the encounter off on a friendly footing, and hopefully create a positive tone for the duration of the meeting.
For a lot of us, whenever we panic or get nervous, we tend to speak very quickly. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there! The key is to breathe and be aware. If you know that you talk quickly when you’re nervous, keep a mental note of this for when you are about to present. If you are aware of the problem, it is easier to address. Speaking quickly will make everyone aware that you’re nervous, but it also makes it more difficult for people to understand you, and if you are giving a presentation where no one understands what you’re saying, it is likely that things will start to go wrong.
Finally, eye contact. There’s a fine line between having no eye contact and looking incredibly shy, to having too much eye contact and looking like a maniac! Try and find a good balance, eye contact is important in appearing confident and trustworthy to the person you’re speaking too.
Here at Industrial Personnel we can help you with techniques in preparation for an interview. So, why not call us or visit us at our Rotherham office at 8-12 Doncaster Gate, Rotherham, to see how WE can help YOU.