I don’t know what it is but it seems like around this time of the year, I get swamped with so many invites to networking events. Not that I don’t get them any other time of the year, but it’s more invites sent between August through September. I love networking events more than ever now because I get to meet so many great people in the fashion and beauty industries. Can you believe when I first started blogging, I didn’t care too much for attending networking events? Growing up as a shy girl, I didn’t really have the confidence to mingle with others. I would be that quiet one listening to others talk about themselves to the world.
Over the years, I have learned how to practice faking confidence. So here’s the thing about faking confidence: Practice it for a while, and eventually you’ll be a pro at it that you might just become confident like second nature. Having confidence is key at any social event because you appear sure of yourself and you allow others to see how great you are. It also makes you appear more happier, smarter and attractive to everyone.
Here are some key tricks I’ve learned to increase my confidence in social situations:
- Body posture is everything when it comes to confidence so stand up straight with your shoulders back and head up.
- When engaging in conversation, speak clearly, as though you have something important to say, because you do. This is your time to shine bright like a diamond to others.
- Always smile and make eye to eye contact. Smiling and giving direct eye contact is like a warm friendly welcome.
- You don’t necessarily have to be a social butterfly, but interacting with others will force you to be more comfortable when you do. Also, don’t be afraid of having nothing at all to say. Truth of the matter is when engaging in conversation and asking questions may appear inane, but others will think that you’re the most intelligent, interesting individual they met.
- Always remember that so many other people feel just as uncomfortable as you do. Take all the tips I mentioned above and apply it. Believe me when I say that you’ll look more approachable in a good way.
Confidence comes with age and wisdom. I’m much more confident now than I was 10 years ago. Remember that you are your’re own biggest fan so instead of criticizing yourself for everything that is wrong with you, try to recognize the things that aren’t wrong. Admire what you love about yourself and what you do.