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The Art of True Confidence

Why Confidence Matters

  • Confidence is an amplifier of quality and success. 
  • Confidence is essential to influence and leadership.
  • Confidence isn’t just about style. It’s also about substance.
  • Confidence protects us. It's one of the greatest weapons we can develop.

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The Art of True Confidence

The Art of True Confidence

https://www.success.com/the-art-of-true-confidence/

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What Confidence Is

True confidence is a feeling of self-assurance that is grounded in an authentic experience of our own ability, perspective and sufficiency.

It’s a stable connection to the fact that we can do what we want to do, feel how we want to feel, and be who we want to be in this world.

Why Confidence Matters

  • Confidence is an amplifier of quality and success. 
  • Confidence is essential to influence and leadership.
  • Confidence isn’t just about style. It’s also about substance.
  • Confidence protects us. It's one of the greatest weapons we can develop.

Nonverbal communication

Confidence is expressed most profoundly through our bodies. No matter how well we speak, the way we feel about ourselves will always manifest in our posture, our hand movements and our facial features. 

So commit to strong, positive body language and make a conscious effort to form habits that make your nonverbal communication automatic.

Vocal tonality

Vocal tonality (the physical quality of our voice, our pitch, articulation, syntax, volume and intention) expresses and reinforces our sense of self.

Speak in statements, not questions, articulate and enunciate, and avoid the use of filler words.

Authentic vulnerability

Authenticity transforms normal insecurity into grounded confidence. 

While faked confidence hides insecurity, weakness and self-doubt, true authenticity owns and acknowledges these less pleasant experiences in a way that ultimately enhances our sense of self.

A process-oriented mindset

Process-oriented confidence is the opposite of the “fake it till you make it” philosophy.

While the “fake it till you make it” approach suggests we should pretend our way toward true confidence, the process-oriented approach suggests we should become our way toward true confidence.

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Tips to make a good first impression

In order to make a good first impression, you should consider checking out the below tips:

  • suitable eye contact: it is a sign of self-confidence. However, do not exaggerate with the duration
  • handshake: a good handshake is at the same time firm, warm and dry
  • the proper voice: your voice should make proof of self-confidence as well
  • dress similarly to the other person: this way, you will give the impression of familiarity and equal terms
  • appreciate cleanliness: your face and your home should always be sparkling clean
  • find the appropriate posture: relaxed and open postures are preferred to make a good impression.
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Groom yourself

Making yourself more pleasing to your own eyes can make you feel more confident.

When you need some extra confidence, head to a mirror and apply some makeup, fix your hair and otherwise tidy up your appearance a bit.

Take a "power posture"

Our posture can have a significant effect on our internal dialogue.

A "power posture" pose, held for several seconds to several minutes, can increase your confidence in almost any situation.

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A truly confident man won’t get aggressive or arrogant, because those traits suggest someone is losing control.  He knows keeping cool and talking in a calm, measured way is the quickest way to get respect.

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