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Speaking Confidently At Work
Confidence is one of the keys to success – and the impression you give of self-belief is just as important as what you feel on the inside.
That said, developing your outer confidence will have a positive impact on your inner self-assuredness. Where the body leads, the mind follows. And all it takes is a handful of adjustments in the way you carry yourself at work.
Begin with your posture. Stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, and breathe slowly and deeply. You should immediately feel calmer and more authoritative. Stand with your legs slightly apart, your feet level with your hips. Regular yoga will help you make a discipline of this.
Next, work on your voice: when you know something for a fact, state it as such. Do not end your sentences with an upward lilt unless you’re genuinely asking a question. If you have faith in your knowledge, others will follow. Speak slowly, and find your voice deep down in your belly rather than up in your chest.
A crucial element of the appearance of self-confidence is the way you calibrate your physical relationship with those around you. Keep your hands out of your pockets, and offer a firm but friendly handshake when you meet new people. And always make eye contact, especially when talking about something you believe in.
This new visual guide on looking and sounding more confident offers tips to create an all-round better impact in the workplace. Work on it in your own time, and you’ll find you feel more assured in the office –and ready to accomplish great things.
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