Jul 19, 2014

How to Gain Real Confidence at Work

Picture of smiling statue - Confidence - what is it?
If you're an introvert like me, how many times have you heard the following sentences repeated back to you by concerned friends or colleagues?

"Fake it till you make it!"
"Put on a brave face!"
"It's all about having charisma, you know.."

..and my personal favourite:

"You need more self confidence."

Is "confidence" a commodity that we can acquire, or make up ourselves as if it were some kind of magical energy? Based on the above statements, it would appear so.

Jul 8, 2014

When Being Agreeable Is Not Helpful: How to Embrace Your Introversion In Business

Do you habitually agree with what somebody is telling you, without really thinking about what you are being told? In our small talk-laden society, it is natural for us to expect that we will engage in several conversations at a superficial level, where the expectation on your part is to simply acknowledge what is being said, to allow the discussion to flow through unobstructed to the next topic. Although we might expect this to be a normal characteristic of small talk, when does this become risky behaviour?