Throughout the years as a consultant, trainer, and workshop facilitator, most people ask if there is a recipe for projecting confidence through their image, both professionally and personally. The following are three keys to achieving this purpose.
Convey confidence in your image
Believing in your knowledge, skills, projects, services, and products is the best tool to transmit confidence and security from the inside out.
Verbal resources and body language
Working on personal security is a deep process that is worth recognizing and nurturing because from it, and with the help of some external resources (clothing, posture, eye contact, and communication) you can modify your perceptions and behaviors.
The way you dress is a reflection of your thoughts. Dark-colored clothes, monochromatic combinations, and formal clothing communicate authority, not confidence.
The body does not lie and body language sends positive or negative messages about mood, security, and confidence. Assess your posture, whether you are shuffling your feet, looking at the ground, or avoiding eye contact with others.
Don't sit or stand with your arms crossed; on the contrary, open channels of communication by maintaining eye contact and greeting others correctly.
A person who greets you without looking you in the eye is not confident enough to be with you. Express yourself fluently, without hesitation or crutches; by doing so you not only show how much you believe in yourself, but also that you are reliable and prepared for the occasion.
Argument or topic to be discussed
Be informed, be clear about what you are going to talk about, and use impactful phrases to support your points of view and captivate your audience. Don't forget that for these tips to increase your security and confidence you must be congruent with what you feel, think and communicate. I hope you find these tips useful in connecting with others and conveying what you want to convey.
By Eduardo López Tamayo
Professional Image Consultant