Four big ways

Arch an aB hat ia shares her tips on how to bring out your most con­fi­dent self at work

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01 BUILDANETWORK

Put your flute of bubbly down – this is not about go­ing out af­ter work to ex­haus­tively min­gle. “Move around the of­fice and meet peo­ple out­side your depart­ment. Have lunch with new peo­ple for them to get to know you and your work. They can be help­ful re­sources as you start build­ing your rep­u­ta­tionup.”

02 FIND YOUR OTHER CALL­ING

Out­side of work, do some­thing that has noth­ing to do with what you do from 9am-5pm. When you’re good at some­thing out­side of work, it can be trans­ferred over. “I took up swim­ming (I was pet­ri­fied of wa­ter and never thought I could do it) and that chal­lenge gave me con­fi­dence in ev­ery as­pectofmylife.”

03 CLICKWITHCAN-DO­ERS

If you’ re con­stantly around peo­ple who are neg­a­tive and rid­dled with low self-es­teem, that can be very toxic and can un­wit­tingly bring you down in the dumps too. Peo­ple who as­pire to chal­lenge them­selves to do things that might seem im­pos­si­ble at first, cre­ate a very pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. “We’re known by the com­pany we keep .”

04 FIND YOUR BRAND AM­BAS­SADOR S

Talk­ing about your­self is toe-curl­ing at best. If you have a few friends or ‘fans’ of yours who be­lieve in you and root for what you do and can help in­tro­duce you to the right peo­ple, this is very val­i­dat­ing. You know it feels great when some­one toots your horn be­cause let’s face it, it’s dif­fi­cult to talk about your­self.

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