Is confidence a skill?

Self-confidence is defined as a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgement. Being able to tackle something no matter the odds, difficulty or diversity is definitely a skill to strive for. 

Confidence is an invaluable business skill

Some people have confidence by the bucket load, they probably have been confident all their lives. While some of us may struggle with confidence and have good and bad moments depending on the situation. Confidence is a fragile and complex quality that can be very challenging to attain and hold onto – but it is also recognised as a major component of most business models of superior performance.

The good news is we can improve our self-confidence, as it’s a completely learnable skill. And like any other skill we can all become more confident with a little bit of repetition and encouraging self-talk.

Here are some tips if working on your self-confidence is high on your list of skills to improve.

Confidence is not a personality trait

If you think being unconfident is just part of who you are, you might like to think again. How do you behave with friends and family in familiar social situations? Maybe you act differently in a more challenging work meeting? How confident you are, completely changes depending on the context and situation. It’s not set in stone, and how you react in less comfortable situations can be adapted and developed over time.

Practice makes confidence perfect

Confidence takes practice, the more familiar you are with behaving confidently the easier it will become to be it. The more you practice being confident in areas you would usually find difficult, the less fearful and more relaxed you’ll be the next time.  

You can be confident and quiet

Confidence doesn’t have to be loud, brash and bombastic. You don’t have to force your point on others to be heard, but you do have to believe in yourself. If you’re a quiet person, be confident in your own way. 

Baby steps and small confidence changes

Just over half of our communication is non-verbal. Our body language goes a long way in signaling how we’re feeling in certain situations. Think about your posture, whether you’re smiling, eye contact, where you position your arms and hands. All these tiny gestures all play their part in portraying how confident you are, and how confident you feel.

Embody confidence and positivity

If any of your team could benefit from some help with developing confidence then our module ‘Embody Confidence and Positivity’ will really help. 

This module is derived from the techniques actors use to exude confidence even the pressure of live performance. Discover simple, replicable skills that enable participants to instantly project confidence and positivity, feel more empowered in any challenging business situation and increase success and happiness at work.