Quick Tips for Effective Emails & Meetings

I can cover a lot of territory in 10 minutes. Ask Shalom Klein. He’s the host of a weekly radio show on AM560 in Chicago called Get Down to Business. Shalom asked me to share some of my most helpful tips for public speaking, effective emails and productive meetings in a 10 minute segment of…

What’s on Your “Look What I Did” List?

Stop for a moment and think about what you’ve accomplished. The simple act of reflecting on your achievements has a direct impact on your level of self-confidence. Too often, we focus on our “to do” list rather than our “look what I did” list. The emotions and feelings that emerge from focusing on successful experiences…

Listen for the Good Stuff

Think about the people who’ve had the biggest impact on your life. What did they say that encouraged you? Encouraging comments have a direct impact on your self-confidence – as long as they come from someone you trust and consider competent. If those encouraging words come from someone you don’t respect, they are empty words….

Recipe for Building Your Self-Confidence

I recently created this recipe for developing self-confidence for our company newsletter. It’s easier to make than you think. Try it for yourself… Ingredients: 1 cup of readiness to take action 2 cups of commitment to hard work 1 ½ cups of determined persistence 1 cup of willingness to leave your comfort zone 1 ½…

Build Your Confidence Vicariously

You don’t have to do all the heavy lifting yourself. The second most effective way to build self-confidence is by watching others try, succeed and fail or Vicarious Life Experiences, according to Dr. Albert Bandura. Through vicarious life experiences or social modeling, you absorb and internalize the experiences of others. Witnessing other people’s experiences gives…

Confidence is Not an Accessory

I saw this poster on the ceiling of a train last week. It’s a cute saying but confidence is not an accessory that you can throw on or a quality that you can suddenly turn on with a smile. Confidence is your perception of what you can do. That perception changes over your lifetime. Building…