Networking can often feel like a trip to the dentist-you just don’t want to do it!! Much of our fear comes from a place of low confidence. Going out talking it up about your business or self is simply terrifying for many-yet so necessary in today’s business climate!
Think of a recent social or business gathering you attended. Who were the people that projected confidence? You probably remember them well because confident people radiate a warmth and enthusiasm that draws people toward them. They approach these occasions as opportunities to meet, greet and grow. Less confident people, however, generally hide in the background or stick closely to people they know.
We all desire to have confidence – to feel as if we belong. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident no matter what you’re doing or whom you’re with:
Smile. Confident people smile – they smile with their mouth and their eyes. Their energy is positive. Even when they’re nervous inside, they don’t show it on their face.
Breathe. If you feel a little anxious around people or situations that are unfamiliar to you, take a few deep breaths to relax. Slow, mindful inhales and exhales lower anxiety and nervousness immediately.
Show Interest. Take the focus off yourself and put it on others by asking thoughtful questions and listening with interest. People that ooze confidence care about others. So always ask, listen and learn.
Use Positive Self Talk. Give yourself positive messages, reminding you of your strengths, talents and successes. Recite a simple mantra for when you are feeling anxious or uncertain.
Attending a networking or social event can make anyone feel a bit anxious and uncertain. By applying these simple tips, you will feel less nervous, more empowered, and more confident.
Here’s another coin for the confidence bank!