Be more confident at work (without being cocky).

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Be confident at work! We as a working culture are suffering from confidence issues in the workplace. Research by Feel Good Lenses suggests that British employees suffer from an array of confidence issues at work that is hampering career progression and productivity within the office.  This can range from a lack in confidence to ask for a raise (35%), to being afraid of presenting our own ideas (32%).

Let’s use this article as an opportunity for you to understand how to believe in yourselves and take control of your careers, so that you can move forward and achieve your career goals. To help you with becoming more confident at work, we’ve put together key aspects for you to focus on that will help you increase your confidence and personal development at work.


fail to succeed to be more confident at work

Failure is frequently seen as a taboo word and often just thinking about the word ‘failure’ can create an ill feeling in our stomachs. But we have to embrace it. A trait seen consistently among successful people is that they embrace and encourage failures in order to learn from them. The more often you fail, the closer you are to the successful target you’ve set. So don’t fear failure, laud it in all its greatness and let it drive you forward.

practise makes perfect

This old adage will always reign true. The more you are prepared, the harder you practise, the more confident you’ll be. If you lack confidence when speaking or presenting, the easiest way to tackle this is practise. The best of us do not reach the top without practising – don’t neglect this key aspect when looking to build your confidence.

know what you’re talking about

Leading nicely from ‘practise makes perfect’ is knowing what you’re talking about. Do your research! With so much ‘easy-to-consume’ information out there, there’s so much opportunity to develop our minds, knowledge and insight. This will help us drive both our careers and companies forward. Read, watch, listen and absorb, then when the time comes, you’ll be ready and confident in portraying your ideas, backed up by knowledge and insight.

recognise yourself

A lack of confidence often stems from failure to recognise who you are, your good traits and what you do well. In order to become more confident in both work and in life you must recognise yourself. From here on, each day write down 3 things you’ve done well – this will help you unearth a more positive psychology and recognise your talents, whilst developing your confidence in the process.

invite feedback

Inviting feedback doesn’t need to be as scary as it may sound to you. Asking your peers for feedback works in so many ways to help develop your confidence and build strong internal relationships with your team. By asking for an opinion, you’re allowing your colleagues to see and recognise what you’re good at, whilst also showing you value their feedback, which in turn, builds productive relationships that will help you advance your career.

look confident – be confident – feel confident

They say “fake it till you make it”, we say “fake it till you become it”. Studies show that when you continue to act or do things in a way that at first doesn’t represent how you feel, eventually the mind can be trained to believe it, before transforming you into it. So if you want to be confident at work, fake it until you become it.

Quick tip – work on your body language! Our body language shapes how we are perceived and this is evident in Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talks, which discusses how our non-verbal cues affect both how we’re perceived by our peers, as well as ourselves. Take time each day to recognise how you’re sitting, what your posture is like and how you’re facing people. This will make a huge difference over time!

If you can take these 6 aspects and work on them, we’re confident that you’ll be more confident at work.

avoid being cocky

Finally, here’s some tips to avoid coming across cocky when you’re working on your confidence:

  • Don’t undermine/belittle what your colleagues are saying. Value their emotions and opinion.
  • Don’t be arrogant in your approach, be humble.
  • Accept others point might be valid.
  • Don’t be late for meetings.
  • Don’t avoid eye-contact.
  • Walk confidently, but never swagger.
  • Don’t interrupt.
  • Never play the blame game.

Have you tried any other ways to be confident? What works for you? What hasn’t worked for you? Feel free to let us know in our comments section.

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