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Confidence is important. When a person is confident, he can succeed in his career and in life. How can you become more confident?

One way is to smile. Smiling makes you approachable. When you smile, people will seek you out--perhaps to be friends, or perhaps because they need help. If you are not smiling, you are nonverbally telling people to stay away.

Another way to be more confident is to look up--not down at the ground. Looking down at the ground can be very useful in treasure hunting, but not in building your confidence. Always look up. That way, you can make eye contact with those you are speaking with. Looking up will also allow you to see who is approaching from a distance, so that you have time to react. You may have been away from school for two weeks because of an illness, for example. Your friends were worried and were thinking about you. The day you finally returned to school would be a day to look up. That way, you could see your friends as they approached. Looking up would, of course, help you to avoid literally running into each other and would allow you to see the reaction on a friend's face when he saw you--the memorable mix of happiness, surprise, and relief. Looking up is also important for your safety. By looking up, you can see oncoming traffic, for example. You look up, move out of the way, and avoid getting hurt.

A third way to improve your confidence is to work on eye contact. Eye contact is very important in fields such as business. If you are with a customer, he is looking at your products, and considering making a purchase, making eye contact with him will let him know that you are being honest. If you look down or away, on the other hand, he might wonder if you are lying. You might miss out on a sale if you do not make eye contact. If you make eye contact, a customer might buy something. He might even refer you to his friends or family. If they also decide to buy something, your business will grow. Making eye contact with others is important in fields other than sales, of course. In education and public speaking, you can look at the faces of the people in your audience and see how they are reacting to your information. Smiles will tell you that they agree with you and that they are enjoying your presentation. Frowns will tell you that they disagree or that they are confused. You may then need to clarify a point that you just made.

Finally, if you wish to become more confident, speak up. When you speak up, people will be able to hear you. When others can hear you, you avoid misunderstandings, and you get what you want. Work on your confidence. You will be taking a step toward success and a great life.


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AJ  

Great advice, Hollie!

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks! :)

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  about 9 years ago

All good points Hollie

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  about 9 years ago

Confident - be positive, they go hand in hand.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for reading! :)

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  about 9 years ago
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