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13 Behaviors That Will Boost Your Confidence

  • By Judith Bowman
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  • August 20, 2019

You might think confidence is an inherent personality trait; you’ve either got it or you don’t. Not true! Confidence can be learned, with a few proven tips and a lot of practice.

When you are intentional about emulating these behaviors, you will soon feel more confident and begin to exhibit a confident persona.

13 Tips on Boosting Confidence
  • Accept yourself, as you are, ‘warts n all.’ Unconditional acceptance will enhance your outward veneer.
  • Assume the feeling of what you want to attain. Tell yourself “I feel confident, accomplished, well, etc.”
  • Act confident; perception is reality.
  • Surround yourself with positive people; let them reinforce your self esteem.
  • Shake hands with others and “be a man/woman well-met.”
  • Smile! Smiling is a confident behavior and is infectious!
  • Make regular eye-contact with others.
  • Use others’ (properly pronounced) name upon meeting, speaking and farewell.
  • Stand tall and hold your head high; good posture helps project a positive image.
  • Control your movements i.e. attention to fidgeting, leaning, weaving.
  • Dress. When you dress well, you feel better and project strength.
  • Speak clearly, succinctly; articulate.
  • Initiate! Be the initiator of eye-contact, handshakes, conversation, introductions.
Taking the First Step

Pick one or two items from this list of confidence boosting behaviors, and spend some time focusing on making them a habit. Once you’ve mastered those techniques, move on to a few more from the list.

Before you know it, you’ll be lighting up any room and projecting confidence like you’ve always had it.

Are you just getting by or are you getting better? Get started today!

Author Bio

Judith Bowman founded Protocol Consultants International in 1993 and has prospered to become an established Business Protocol expert, educator, corporate speaker, and renowned authority in the field of Professional Presence, Dining Savvy, International Protocol Awareness, and personal and professional development. Ms. Bowman also provides Protocol Certification. She is a graduate of Boston College and has pursued studies in Effective Business Communication at Harvard University. Ms. Bowman speaks to critical interpersonal communication skills and shares specific nuances advantageous to exemplary conduct in today’s fast-paced and highly competitive global work environment. She showcases everyday business situations and shows professionals how to leverage these as opportunities to demonstrate respect while earning respect - while showing you know “the difference” while making a difference to stand apart and outclass the competition! Ms. Bowman has authored two business protocol books: “Don’t Take the Last Donut…” (Career Press) presently sold in 16 countries, translated in 14 languages, and her new book, “How to Stand Apart @ Work …” She has authored a weekly Everyday Etiquette column syndicated throughout New England for ten years by the Pulitzer Prize winning Eagle Tribune Publishing Company. Internationally, she authored a Business Protocol column for the prestigious Noblesse Magazine, China. She presently writes a weekly Business Protocol column for Boston Herald newspapers and has a coordinating weekly radio segment, “A Protocol Moment” on Herald Radio. She also writes a monthly Fabulous Woman series which features truly fabulous women who have shattered the glass ceiling and has been featured in Leader to Leader, March, 2015. Bowman has produced a series of support products which include: Executive Etiquette/First Impressions DVD, DINING 101 DVD and Protocol Training DVD – from her on-line How to Stand Apart series.