Communication is essential in any workplace (and life). The way you communicate influences how people perceive you. If you want to become more confident at work, start by thinking about how you talk to your coworkers. Even dropping some words from your vocabulary or thinking about yourself in a certain way can help you sound more confident. I’ve compiled a list of 3 actionable ways to help you start this journey to confidence today.
The word “just” often doesn’t carry any additional value but only diminishes your original point, making you seem not as confident. So why use it at all? Well, it’s not that easy to drop a common word such as “just” from your vocabulary altogether, but it’s possible.
Try this next time. Before sending an email with the word “just”, remove it from the sentence, and you will see how this removes uncertainty and adds affirmation to your message. Catching yourself in a written format will help you start ditching “just” from your verbal communication as well.
Yeah, silence can be awkward sometimes, but that reason alone shouldn’t be why you need to fill the silence with words.
It also plays in a situation when you receive a dissatisfactory answer to your question. If that happens, don’t start speaking right away. Instead, stay quiet. This trick will make the other person feel like they need to come up with a better answer or elaborate further. Either way, you will come out of this like a boss.
Before speaking in front of many people, remember that nobody in the audience wants you to fail. Yeah, believe it or not, people that are listening to you actually want you to succeed.
Imagine a scenario where an actor messes up the lines on stage. It gets very uncomfortable not only for the poor actor but also for the audience. Same thing here. Whoever your audience is, they want you to succeed. Otherwise, the audience will be put in an awkward situation that nobody wants to be in.
Confidence comes from within and takes practice. Integrating small changes to your habits will go a long way. Beginning this journey to self-confidence is the hardest part. Start today. What have you got to miss?
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Kate is a passionate digital marketer, who loves to connect with people in a creative way. She is a firm believer in diversity and the importance of being yourself. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and all the other basic hobbies you've heard of before.