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7 Ways to Communicate Confidence

Are you currently preparing for an interview, pitch or a big client meeting? Confidence will be a deciding factor in how well it goes.

Project confidence at all times, even when you don’t feel it, and you will be amazed at the positivity that you create around you.

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7 Ways to Communicate Confidence

  1. 1 Susie Timlin Global Director of People & Culture at Hays Talent Solutions Project confidence at all times, even when you don’t feel it, and you will be amazed at the positivity that you create around you. Susie Timlin, Global Director of People & Culture at Hays Talent Solutions, shares 7 ways to communicate confidence. 7 WAYS TO COMMUNICATE CONFIDENCE
  2. If you don’t consider yourself to be a very confident person then you will find that pretending to be confident is much the same as actually being confident. This is because confidence is a choice. Pretending to be confident will lead to people regarding you as a confident person. Soon enough you will believe them and find yourself acting confident all the time. PRETEND TO BE CONFIDENT 2
  3. 3 Most of us think being confident depends upon what we say. It doesn’t, it depends upon what the other person hears. That’s why clear communication is so important: • Speak at a steady and comprehensible pace • Practice breathing rhythmically and in time with your speech • Maintain eye contact at all times, and remember to smile. COMMUNICATE CLEARLY
  4. 4 Think about the funniest people that you know. Is it true that they also happen to be the most confident? That’s because being funny is about taking risks. Humour, like confidence, is infectious – so spread it as much as you can, where appropriate. USE HUMOUR
  5. Pick a mentor to act as a constant reminder of where you want to be and what you need to do to get there. Having them is helpful because it reminds you to be ambitious at all times. Pick someone who can help you grow by identifying and nurturing your strengths as well as introducing you to a wider support network. FIND A MENTOR 5
  6. If you’re feeling comfortable, then you’re more likely to feel confident. Of course, smart attire is important when attending an interview or presenting, but it’s just as important to feel comfortable. If you’re not comfortable in the clothes that you’re wearing then you’re likely to fidget, which can then be interpreted as restlessness or displaying a lack of interest. LOOK THE PART 6
  7. Preparing fully prior to an important meeting or presentation will help to settle your nerves, get your mind in the frame and ultimately be more confident in your delivery. By failing to prepare for an interview, meeting or presentation, you are preparing to fail. PREPARE 7
  8. Succumbing to negative thoughts is a weakness that most of us suffer from every once in a while. However, it doesn’t need to be this way When a negative thought enters your head, banish it immediately. Reinforce confidence and good feeling by focusing only on the positive and you will see your self- belief grow. THINK POSITIVE 8
  9. When put into practice, these seven steps will help create a good impression to everyone you meet. People will be drawn to your confidence and soon you will find yourself becoming more successful in the workplace. 9
  10. 10 ABOUT HAYS Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. With over 8,748 staff operating from 244 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialism's, last year we placed around 57,000 candidates into permanent jobs, and around 212,000 people into temporary assignments.