The working world can be quite intimidating, especially if you’re new to it. Confident people often get ahead in the workplace because they’re willing to put themselves out there. Here’s how you can be more confident.

Be kinder to yourself

There are things you’re going to find challenging in your field of work, that’s perfectly normal. You still need to be kind to yourself and have conversations with yourself that build you. Nothing good, especially not confidence, can come out of negative self-talk.

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Work on acquiring a new skill or gaining more knowledge. Having a growth mindset prevents you from feeling stagnant, which means you’ll be more outgoing when it comes to your work.

Dress up

Sometimes dressing the way you want to feel can give you the confidence boost you need. Dressing up can also make you feel more confident when you have presentations or important meetings at work. Just remember that confidence isn’t all about your looks, you’ll still need to work on all the inner issues that may have made you less confident.

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Take initiative during presentations by volunteering to take the lead. This may not happen over-night, especially if you’re shy or have stage fright, but there are ways to deal with that, like prac-tising in front of the mirror, or with friends and family. You could also take up a public speaking course.

Focus on your strengths

We all have strengths, and it’s important to make sure they shine through at work. Usually, what-ever you’re good at will be easily noticed and that’s what’ll earn you points with your bosses and colleagues. Use your strengths well to produce great results.

Building your self-confidence isn’t something that just happens overnight, and the fast paced, competitive work environment doesn’t make it any easier. However, confident people are more likely to grow in their chosen career path, which makes it really important to work on your confi-dence. By speaking more, being more positive and developing a growth mindset, you can be-come more confident and outgoing.

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