Being confident – believing realistically in yourself and in your business venture – are essential factors, which can help you to achieve more than what you have wished for. The way you feel about yourself and the work you do are the key ingredients, which shape the way other people see you.
You should be confident, but also you should be realistic. Never forget that the line between confidence and arrogance is very thin and sometimes you can cross it without even realizing it. Something that small yet that important can cost you much more than one bad meeting or one lost chance of winning an investment – it may cost you your reputation.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minuted to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett
Boosting your confidence is not an easy task. This can be very challenging, especially for first-time entrepreneurs, who have no experience in building business relationships. They have to be careful not to look to conceited and must concentrate on how to be more professional.
Here you can find three great tips (which work as magic!), that will help you to look and feel more confident in every conversation even when you are doubting your business or your abilities to run it.
Stay focused on what matters
Many entrepreneurs lose their confidence when they attend full of skilled, talented and successful entrepreneurs networking events, when they need to give presentation or when they are about to pitch in front of investors. Now is the time to lose your spirits! Now is time to stay focused, to keep your concentration on your key values, on the mission of your company and to forget about all possible distractions.
When you feel insecure, you should remind yourself why you have started your business in the first place and focus on the things that really matter. There will always be people who are better than you, who have more experience, more money or more customers and clients. Do not concentrate on the rest, and remember that you should compete with yourself. Try to be the best version of yourself every single day, try to be better today that you had been tomorrow and you will once again believe in your strengths and abilities.
Just be yourself
Many entrepreneurs are afraid to share their different ideas with the investors or to embrace different business model, just because they are not sure how their business approaches will be accepted. On the other hand, many entrepreneurs want to believe that their businesses are very different from the rest, which can lead to the false underestimating of the competition. Both ways are not highly appreciated from the investors or other fellow entrepreneurs, even from the customers. Be realistic, be confident, but don’t forget be yourself and to do what you believe is the right thing.
Mind the body language and try to develop friendly tone of voice
We all know that first impressions really matter! Don’t forget that a conversation does not start and finish just with the spoken words – the way you behave also affects the way people accept you. If you want to feel confident, you should look confident and you should radiate confidence. Dress the way you wish people to remember you, mind your body language and posture, develop friendly voice tone.
Tip: Expand your horizon
It is important for many entrepreneurs to expand their startups to the international business scene. This is why, if you are one of these ambitious entrepreneurs, you should network with people from all over the world. Educate yourself on the culture and customs of the people you are about to meet. Remember that some things and certain topics or subjects are not the most suitable thing to discuss in a business conversation. If you want to be successful entrepreneur and leader of an international company, you should expand your horizon and be broad-minded.