The Leadership Minute – 1

Three Ways to Boost Self-Confidence

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” top_padding=”10″]What if there was a secret skill that could help you nail that presentation, shine in that job interview, and hold your own in that tough conversation?

There is. That secret skill is presence.

Too often we approach our biggest hurdles with dread, execute them with anxiety, and leave them with regret.

Presence gives us the power to bring our boldest self to our biggest challenges. Presence dramatically improves our self-confidence.

Here are 3 specific ways you can use presence to boost your self-confidence in stressful situations…[/text_block]

Three Techniques for Achieving Presence and Boosting Self-Confidence

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  1. Modulate the way you speak (and listen)
  2. Adjust your body language
  3. Use self-affirmations


[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]This may seem somewhat basic but there’s really a lot to it.[/text_block]
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1. Presence Starts With Listening


[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]When we meet someone that we hope to impress, we tend to talk first to own the moment and prove ourselves.

But presence starts with listening.

Talking first implies: “I know better than you and I should talk while you listen.”

The paradox of listening is that by temporarily relinquishing the power of speaking, we become more powerful in the end.

And when it’s time to speak, you need to consciously s-l-o-w your speech down.

Why? Because speaking slowly can boost your self-confidence.

In a study at Stanford University, students were instructed to read a collection of sentences aloud at various speeds and then answer questions about how confident or powerful they felt.

As the students read at slower speeds they felt more confident, self-assured and powerful.[/text_block]

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2. Expand Your Body


[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]We all know that our body language affects how people view us but what’s really interesting is that it also affects how we think and feel about ourselves.

By adopting “power poses” where we take up space or sit or stand up straight we can actually change our body chemistry.

When we make ourselves bigger, we feel more powerful.

One study found that lab participants who spent two minutes doing power poses, increased testosterone levels by about 20% and lowered their stress hormone (cortisol) by about 25%.[/text_block]

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3. Practice Self-Affirmation


[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Taking a minute or two to remind ourselves what matters most to us prior to a crucial event can have a dramatic impact on our performance.

It’s not about reciting how great we are, it’s about reminding ourselves about our core values.

So, for example, if you’re a young comedian preparing for a headline gig, you wouldn’t say to yourself: “I’m a great comic, I’m a great comic.” Instead, you might say to yourself: “I love performing and making others laugh. It brings me joy.”

Self-affirmation doesn’t replace the things you’d normally do to prepare for a big event but it does give you a mental edge and boosts your confidence.



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Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges

By Amy Cuddy[/text_block]

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left” top_padding=”20″]Amy Cuddy teaches us simple techniques to liberate ourselves from fear, become more confident, and perform at our best in high-pressure situations.

“A captivating, charming read on harnessing confidence and poise. Demystifying a century of science, Amy Cuddy shows how we can achieve greater success and sincerity by changing the way we carry ourselves.” – Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take[/text_block]

[text_block style=”style_1.png” align=”left”]Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin — Pages: 288 — ISBN: 978-1250061539

Purchase the Book[/text_block]

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