Simple Ways for Women to Build Confidence at Work

Some women feel that in order to gain confidence in the workplace that they need to follow the lead of their male colleagues. They think that donning a business suit and tossing out a few sports analogies will make them seem more confident. How about instead of pretending to be someone you are not in hopes of coming off as a calm, cool and confident woman, you try a different tactic…How about you just act like yourself?

Unfortunately there is an underrepresentation of women in many industries from government jobs to the board room, but this can change. If you take charge and exude the confidence that we know you have, you can definitely move up the latter without having to act like a man to do it.

1: Think about your choice of words. What we mean is own what you are saying without being too soft in your wording. Try not to use phrases like “I think” or “maybe” and don’t apologize for interjecting an opinion as long as you weren’t being rude. It’s great to have an opinion, so show confidence in it.

2. Show confidence in your actions even if you don’t fully feel confident. You don’t have to strut around like a peacock and show your feathers, but show your confidence in your handshakes, tone of voice and by making eye contact. We know there will be days when you don’t exactly feel the way you are acting, but giving off those confident vibes will certainly way in your favor.

3. Dress the part. You don’t have to wear a boring pants suit just to prove that you can hang tough with the rest of your colleagues. Dress the way that you feel comfortable and that fits your personality. As long as your attire is appropriate, you can’t really go wrong. You will be more comfortable in clothing that you like and as a result will feel more confident.

Olson, L. (2014, August 11). 7 Ways Women Can Build Confidence at Work. Retrieved August 13, 2014, from

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