5 ways to completely FAKE confidence at work (even if you really don’t feel it)

Suffering from that back-to-work nervousness? Worried if you’ve forgotten how to do your job after that long holiday off? Well confidence is one of the most important aspects of being successful, but it can be easily shaken by anything from a setback at work to a bad breakup.

Luckily, there are ways to appear more confident until you feel on top of the world again.

As Davina says: “fake it until you make it!”. That’s what we’re all doing anyway, right?!

1. Dress for success

This is an age-old tip, but still one of the most effective. Not only does dressing in clothes that make you feel good make a good impression on others, it will actually boost your mood. So wear what makes you feel most powerful, whether that’s bright red lippy, a new tie you bought, or some slick cuff links.

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2. Smile

Did you know that smiling can actually lower your heart rate and make you feel more self-assured? If it feels fake to force yourself, find some funny videos on YouTube and you’ll be smiling for real in no time.

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3. Stretch it out

We all know about the healthy mind-body connection that makes exercise such a mood booster, but if you don’t have time to hit the gym, just a few stretches are enough to loosen you up. You’ll appear and feel more relaxed, and be better prepared to take on the day.

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4. Maintain eye contact

We asked an expert how to actually do eye contact right. You need to know! Find out here.

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5. Spend your downtime studying the habits of successful people

By knowing what others do to make it in their careers, you’ll feel like you have the tools to achieve your goals as well. It will give you an air of preparedness, like you know exactly what you’re doing (even if you don’t!).

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