It’s your first day as a business professional. Your palms are sweaty as you take the elevator up. A thousand thoughts are racing through your brain. You remind yourself you were hired for a reason, but you can’t seem to shake the self-doubt.
Picture this instead, it’s your first day, you ride up the elevator with a huge smile on your face and all you can think about is jumping into your work and getting to know your new coworkers, not a hint of self-doubt pushing its way through.
Confidence plays a big part not only in how you feel, but in how you present yourself. In a business setting, you want your clients, boss and fellow coworkers to have confidence in you and your job abilities, and that sense of confidence, starts with you.
A few small changes can command confidence, within yourself and gives others assurance of your role as a business professional.
Here are 3 ways you can build confidence as a business professional:
Competence Installs Confidence
On your first day of a new job it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed by how much experience everyone around you had, compared to your own experience. You may notice new-to-you terminologies being used in meetings, or different procedures or software. Not being familiar with the way a company carries out their day-to-day operations can leave you feeling lost and unsure of your ability to succeed.
There is one easy way to fix this feeling, don’t stop learning.
Take note of terminologies and practices you feel unfamiliar with and research them on your own time. Once you have a solid theoretical understanding, you will feel more comfortable putting them into practice, and your confidence as a business professional will grow.
Prepare Ahead of Time
There is no worse feeling than presenting in a group of people and losing your train of thought and ending up rambling to try and compensate. That is sure to knock down your confidence, as well as the confidence others have in you.
Plan on making on being confident. Pick out an outfit that makes you feel confident. Prepare talking points and practice delivering them. Being prepared helps the “what-ifs” that often make us feel anxious, and in result lose confidence, disappear.
Give yourself time to prepare, five minutes before a meeting may not be enough time, whereas spending some time the day before gives you more time to become comfortable and confident in the subject matter.
Use Your Strengths
Spend some time to assess your strengths, and weaknesses. Find out what responsibilities you’re the most confident in preforming and offer to take on those tasks. The more often you are able to successfully accomplish projects or tasks, the more your confidence will grow. Your boss and coworkers will also become more confident in your abilities as a business professional.
With a higher level of confidence, you will want to take on more projects and tasks, which will ultimately make your confidence grow.
Not only will these quick tips help you gain confidence in yourself as a business professional, but those around you will gain confidence in your abilities to perform well and complete tasks. One of the best ways to grow your confidence is by starting with a solid educational background. BizTech College offers a variety of comprehensive business programs to launch your career. Decide what program is right for you and be job-ready in under 40 weeks!
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These are the ways to build confidence in yourself, but they will also build the confidence others have in you. The best place to build your confidence is with your knowledge. Gain expert knowledge at BizTech College and be prepared to confidently take on the business world in under 40 weeks.