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Confidence Building AHML 2015

Everyone needs confidence in their day to day life, but especially in career transition. Identify the need for building self-confidence and learn actions steps to improve it.

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Confidence Building AHML 2015

  1. 1. Confidence Building brought to you by Bruce A. Bennett Career Coach Corner
  2. 2. 2 Introduction & Overview for session My Background Media & Marketing Research Career Networking Groups – JPL, CLPL, NTS, Harper College McHenry County Workforce Network Volunteer LinkedIn Workshop Presenter at Harper College WorkNet Center Overview Defined Recognizing the need Concepts Actions Vision and Optimism Building career transition confidence
  3. 3. 3 Notes & Goals for session General Notes for Today eCopy of deck is available upon request or SlideShare My contact info is on last page Workshop is interactive Goals You are not alone Mind set Action steps Suggested readings
  4. 4. 4 Confidence - What is it? A feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something A feeling or belief that someone or something is good or has the ability to succeed at something The feeling of being certain that something will happen or that something is true
  5. 5. 5 Identifying the Need for Confidence Low self-confidence behavior Dismissing compliments off handedly, “it was easy to do, anyone could have done it.” Working hard to cover up mistakes Fearing failure & avoiding taking risks Modifying your behavior based on what others think (Mind Tools, n.d.)
  6. 6. 6 Identifying the Need for Confidence High self-confidence behavior Accepting compliments graciously, “thanks, I really worked hard on that proposal” Admitting your mistakes and learning from them Taking risks and going the extra mile to achieve more Doing what you believe is right, even if mocked or criticized for it (Mind Tools, n.d.)
  7. 7. 7 Confidence
  8. 8. 8 Building Confidence in 3 Stages Self analysis  SWOT and positive thinking Set goals  Measure success in small steps Start Stretching  Increase goals as confidence builds (Mind Tools, 2011)
  9. 9. 9 Confidence Building Concepts Stop comparing yourself to others. Keep your thoughts positive Accept all compliments with thank you Find positive input Associate with positive people List your past success Celebrate your qualities Do good deeds for others Find your passion Be yourself and be proud of it
  10. 10. 10 Confidence Building Actions Personal Hygiene Monday best Revisualize yourself Self analysis Be generous Positive actions PMA – Positive Mental Attitude Eliminate negative thinking (Babauta, L. , 2007)
  11. 11. 11 Confidence Building Actions Smile Set standards Posture Competence building Speak confidently – slow it down Goal setting & achievement Do away with a bad habit Solutions – issues not problems Boys scouts motto – be prepared (Babauta, L. , 2007)
  12. 12. 12 Confidence Building Actions Give of your time Be grateful Exercise Knowledge building Stop procrastinating Active lifestyle Start small Clear off your desk (Babauta, L. , 2007)
  13. 13. 13 Confidence Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. Norman Vincent Peale
  14. 14. 14 Vision
  15. 15. 15 Vision Visualize your self in a positive light Prepare mentally for situations Muscle memory & mind memory Laugh Smile How to be more confident
  16. 16. 16 Optimism Glass half full or empty? Silver lining behind dark cloud When opportunity knocks, open the door Failures provide learning opportunities
  17. 17. 17 Confidence in a Portfolio Resume Examples of your work, e.g. Spreadsheets, Memos, Proposals, Presentations List of accomplishments Letters of recommendation Military service Certificates, Degrees or Licenses Transcripts and/or continuing education classes Volunteer activities Thank you notes from vendors/clients Recognition photos or completed team projects
  18. 18. 18 Confidence in an Interview Research the company and position  Company website, news, management team, etc.  Position key words, duties,, etc. Prepare story examples that illustrate skills and capabilities Interview practice with family, friends, etc. Have work history and reference details Take several copies of resume Dress for interview  Over dress rather than under dress  Appropriate for position, e.g. Ad Agency
  19. 19. 19 References Babauta, L. (2007, December 9). 25 killer actions to boost your self-confidence. Retrieved from actions-to-boost-your-self-confidence/ Cuddy, A. (2012, October 1). Your body language shapes who you are | Amy Cuddy | TED Talks. Retrieved from Halpern, D. (2013, May 30). How to be more confident (use this technique). Retrieved from Mind Tools. (n.d.). Building self-confidence: Preparing yourself for success! Retrieved from Mind Tools. (2011, April 1). Building self-confidence: Learn how to boost your confidence with these three steps. Retrieved from
  20. 20. Questions? Feel free to follow up later or connect with me on LinkedIn Contact Info: Bruce A. Bennett Mobile: 815-302-9552 Email: LinkedIn: Career Coach Corner Blog: