They draw every eye with their poise and confidence, command attention while speaking, and have a personal magnetism that inspires and engages. How do they do it? Practice… and lots of it. I say this from personal experience.
After a decade of working in TV news—emceeing large-scale events, interviewing high profile news makers and talking my way through a daily 2 1/2 hour morning show—I sometimes scratch my head. How did a girl, who was once too afraid to call and order a pizza, become a professional journalist and confident communicator?
Here’s the secret… Confidence is not a gift, it’s a skill we must develop.
Sure, it may come more naturally to some. But with strategy and preparation, ANYONE can boost their confidence. Better yet, you can project confidence long before you feel it.
I like to think I am now very confident in manner and in dress. Part of that has been reaching a point where I truly know myself, my belief structure, what I care about and who I want to be. I understand my worth and when to how to hold my ground. The urge to “blend in” or copy—gone completely. I’ll blaze my own trail. However, I am STILL a work in progress. As with any skill, I push myself regularly to exercise boldness and to reach outside my comfort zone.
Do you want to feel more confident in business and personal settings, while networking, or in your appearance?