It’s important to be confident at work so you’ll get the proper respect for all your efforts.
Plus, research shows confident people do their jobs better.
If you’ve had trouble projecting an aura of confidence in the past, there are ways you can change your image.
Forbes.com suggests several methods to help you look and feel more confident in the office:
Go the extra mile
Whenever you’re tasked with a new project, think about what you can do to make it stand out.
Even something as simple as having a report done a few days early can make a big difference. Others will see you as a go-getter.
It’s about the look
Looking like you’re a confident person can be half the battle.
To give off an air of confidence, carry yourself like you’re the most important person in the room.
Choose clothing to boost your image – think blazers and pantyhose.
Remember to always be mindful of your posture, whether you’re sitting or standing.
Try something new
You may not think being thrown into an unfamiliar situation is a confidence booster. However, being willing to learn new things and step out of your comfort zone makes you look smarter, especially if you pass that info along to your co-workers.
Hint: Try learning some tips and tricks for a computer program you don’t work with very often.
Build a support system
One of the best ways to be confident in the office is to surround yourself with the supportive people you can ask for feedback. Seek out relationships among a variety of colleagues and co-workers.