Most of us experience moments in life when a less talented colleague receives credit for work that should have been yours.

Our value in the workplace is partially perceived not by what we do but how we do it. There are a few simple tricks to give others the impression you’re in control.

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Your new outlook can begin before you even leave your apartment. Dressing well has been shown to have a direct effect on our sense of confidence, so lay out something smart that fits you well. Power poses can also trick your mind into believing you’re confident so you arrive bold and assured.

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Related: REASON WHY YOU SHOULD PRACTICE POWER POSE

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Body language has long been noted for its high importance to what is actually said and the body language of confidence has its own gestural dialect. Studies support the idea that using your hands to reinforce what you’re saying will give a firmer impression of your competence. Keep your hands together while listening to avoid unconscious fidgeting. Maintaining eye contact while talking and listening can influence your confidence and makes you appear both trustworthy and conclusive.

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Of course speech itself is also very important. Go slowly and stay in control rather than bombarding the listener with nervous babble. You can warm up beforehand by repeating positive phrases I will be confident”, and listen to the sound of your voice and set a tone of confidence.

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For a closer look, have a look at this info-graphic, which describes seven of the best techniques to reprogram your confidence, or at least FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT!

 

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