Navigating work in your early twenties means finding your own groove in a professional setting. Presenting in front of your boss and your boss’ boss? Getting feedback on a new proposal? In those moments where it’s maybe the most difficult to hold onto your cool, it’s important to stay confident and keep your poise. And be confident in who you are and what you bring to the table.
We once were at a happy hour with a woman that told us to own it at work, because confidence really goes a long way. While it may not be the easiest thing to do when you’re in a stressful situation, it’s so important. Here are our top three tips to staying relaxed and confident in the most stressful of settings.
- Do your research: the best way to be confident is to know what you’re talking about or what you’re making a recommendation on. Be prepared and trust yourself when presenting. If you don’t know the answer to something, ask! Especially if you’re new…you aren’t expected to have all the answers. Instead, you can bring a fresh perspective to the situation.
- Take a walk and give yourself a pep talk: It sounds corny, but it’s so crucial to pump yourself up and stay positive. Know that you’ve done the best you can and go into the room with confidence. Don’t be too hard on yourself because you’re only your own worst enemy!
- Stick to the rule of three: You’ve heard it with photography and it applies in business, too. When presenting, try to stick to the main point and don’t add fluff or ramble. Summarize your points and keep it clear and concise to avoid getting off topic and losing your confidence.
How do you stay cool, calm and collected at work? We’d love to hear your suggestions!