Posts tagged confidence
Stop Stressing About Your Lack of Confidence

At the end of every professional development experience that we deliver, we distribute a feedback form. Feedback is a gift, after all. One of the questions on that form has a list of our programs and asks people to circle the ones that interest them. Almost every single time, the title that is circled by the most people is Fight Your Confidence Killers.

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Expertise and Ego: Sometimes opposite sides of the same coin

We all walk through the world and recognize impressive people and thought leaders because they give TED talks or write books, and we nod our heads when they share great sound bytes that resonate with us. But they’re also talking at us. If Stephanie and I did that, it would be about ego and marketing, and not about the impact we’re trying to drive. We know that there are other relevant ways to build power and influence and while we might enjoy talking (we really do), it’s not the best way for people to learn.

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Be Assertive, not an Ass

Being assertive is the simplest, most direct way to influence someone. Why? As human beings, we generally tend to believe what others tell us, and question what others question. At our core, we are non-confrontational (yes, it’s true), and to dispute a direct statement invites lots of conflict… so we only do it when absolutely necessary.

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Be Assertive, not an Ass

Being assertive is the simplest, most direct way to influence someone. Why? As human beings, we generally tend to believe what others tell us, and question what others question. At our core, we are non-confrontational (yes, it’s true), and to dispute a direct statement invites lots of conflict… so we only do it when absolutely necessary.

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How to Defeat your Credibility Crisis using Confidence

As we discussed earlier, many of us feel like imposters sometimes. We feel like we lack credibility and it holds us back from doing what we need to do.

Here’s what happens:

Because you don’t feel credible, you might not try for that opportunity staring you in the face. Instead of applying for that job or reaching out for an informational interview, you sit back, take an extra day to look at your LinkedIn profile. You wait another week, do some research and still feel inadequate. You finally get around to sending that email or picking up the phone and you’re filled with so much self-doubt that when you finally reach the person on the other side, your breath gets short, your heart rate speeds up, and your inner voice is saying, “Why do I sound so panicky?” And it’s all you can do to keep going when you feel like that person on the line is slowly hearing your crumble in real time.

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Book Reaction: The Confidence Code

Katty Kay & Claire Shipman previously partnered together to write Womenomics. This time around, these journalists enter back into the fray with a study of confidence - what it means, what it’s made of and how we (especially women) can get more. They paint a picture and tell the stories of experts and confident women to understand the relationships between confidence, being female and success.

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