Develop confidence. That is the challenge.
The desire to develop more confidence and composure under pressure is a common theme we see in our professional graduate students. Even those who seem like they are highly confident will confess one-on-one that they are lacking.
A quick look will show that everyone lacks confidence at some level. And all want to develop confidence to a higher level. Yes, even those hard-driving people who look and sound like they eat confidence for breakfast. We are all insecure.
So how can you and I become more confident? It is not as hard as we might think.
How to Develop Confidence and Composure (Podcast outline)
- First, recognize that you are not alone
- Everyone lacks confidence
- Imposter Syndrome
- Bill Smith story
- Control your inner talk
- Capture your thoughts
- Use Third Person (refer to Late Bloomers)
- Take back control in the moment
- Smile – relaxing for you and others
- Breathe –
- In these intense moments, we tend to hold our breath
- Deep and slow breathes
- Slow down your talking
- Lower your voice and your tone
- Find others insecurity
- When someone is yelling, think “What is gnawing at them?” Often the real issue is not what they are yelling about.
- When someone is bragging about all they have done and you feel like you have little to show, look deep into their eyes. They are trying to sell you something.
- Fake it until you make it
- Think of it as an adventure you wanted to take
- Pretend you are confident
- The notebook
- The Fresnel zone
- Grow it over Time
- Control your thinking and self-talk
- Download a calm app and practice meditation and breathing
- Relax knowing tension helps us perform better
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