Just because you don’t feel confident doesn’t mean you can’t play the part. Many people who speak with swagger may not be as confident as they appear. They simply do a few things well.
Playing the part pays off: Confident people get the plum assignments, the raises, the recognition, Trent Hamm says on the blog The Simple Dollar (www.thesimpledollar.com). He used to struggle with presenting to and interacting with groups.
Now he follows these tricks for appearing confident:
1. Find a spot to focus on, as soon as you walk into a room filled with people. Choose something at eye level that you find visually interesting. Whenever you’re nervous, sweep your eyes to that spot.
Why? It allows you to break the nervous habit of looking down or away from someone when you speak, which is a visual cue that you’re nervous. As long as you keep your eyes level, you’ll appear to be keeping your gaze on others.
2. Straighten y...(register to read more)