1. What is self-confidence?
The Oxford Dictionary defines self-confidence as:
“A feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement”1
“To believe in your own ability and trust in yourself to achieve your goals”
2. Developing self-confidence
3. Self-confidence in the workplace
As a TCP, the Accompanying Partner/Expat has no doubt learned to be more self-confident due to new experiences encountered. Building on self-confidence, one learns to be more positive and aware of one's abilities, skills and judgement. Being self-confident without being arrogant, is a life and professional skill which is highly appreciable in both daily life and in a work context.
The following are some steps concerning self-confidence in either a professional or personal context:
- Suround yourself with people who encourage you to excel and learn new things.
- Self-confidence does not mean that you must pretend to be someone you are not.
- Be more assertive, without coming across as arrogant.
- Market yourself positively. If you are confident, people will want to work with you/be around you. In a work environment, it can reassure on the positive outcome of a project or a person's leadership.
- Job Interviews: Prepare them in advance (think of the type of questions that could be asked and practice/role play the interview and questions in advance). This will help to build confidence and to be more at ease on the day.
- Learn from experiences. Remember, mistakes happen. Failure does not have to lower self-confidence. It can be a positive learning experience.
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