How to improve your confidence

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Name: Gurpreet Singh Garcha

Studied at: Aston University

Degree: BSc (Hons) Computer Science & Multimedia

Name of the organisation where you work: Capgemini

Job title: Graduate Test Consultant

Confidence is largely defined as a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation from one’s own abilities and qualities. Confidence levels, however, can vary from person to person. Some may radiate confidence, others may struggle. But the truth is that confidence can simply be improved and developed over time.

Train Yourself

Some people (like myself) have certain fears in life – mine being the fear of heights. Step out your comfort zone and test your mind and body, put yourself in situations you normally wouldn’t even consider. Not only is this tackling your fears head-on, but will drastically improve your self-confidence and self-belief!

Role Models

This is an important factor when it comes to building your confidence. Seek help from someone that inspires you – whether this is a module lecturer, a family member or friend, or someone you can contact on social media. Ask for guidance, and allow yourself to recognise both your strengths and your weaknesses. Allow your role model to help you identify potential vulnerabilities in your psyche and learn how to recognise and tolerate failure; allowing you to become more confident as an individual.

Stage Fright

Your self-confidence needs to be tried and tested several times for it to grow. You will always be faced with a situation where you will have to communicate to an audience – whether that be senior colleagues or just generally a large group of people. These types of interactions can often come with a lot of challenges, such as interruptions, technical difficulties and resistance to the message you are delivering. In such given moments, our nerves and emotions have a direct impact on the way we communicate. As a presenter, your ability to stay cool under pressure links directly to your performance so it is important to rehearse and step out your comfort zone by practising your speeches with fellow colleagues and senior members.

Taking on more responsibility

Often, a willingness to take charge and make difficult decisions in a group environment can work wonders on your confidence. Albeit daunting, in becoming an effective leader, you are able to push yourself beyond the scope of what you thought was possible; being far more rewarding than simply participating.

Positive Thinking

The biggest factor in radiating confidence is your own mindset. In setting a goal and assuring yourself that it is not only feasible, but you are more than capable of succeeding, will largely contribute to achieving that goal. Likewise, in engaging with negative thoughts, the goal will be unclear and so increases the chances of failure. As humans, we must convince ourselves that we are able to accomplish anything with the right support, network and knowledge. It is very important to recognise your key strengths and work on the weaknesses you encounter.