Inner Confidence

Last week, I attended several networking events with current college students.  Each student’s level of confidence varied.  I believe that some of them could be more confident based on their accomplishments to date.  Others– just a few– were a little more confident than their resumes could support.

Confidence as a professional often comes with experience (i.e., years on the job).  At Career-ology, we believe that you can acquire, practice and develop most of the critical professional skills in a proactive way.  Very simply, instead of simply waiting for the passage of time, adopt a mindset or way of thinking about inner confidence.

John Keyser, a highly accomplished leadership coach in Washington, D.C., has a great blog post today.  John writes, “When we have inner confidence, we:

  • Realize that asking for help is a sign of strength
  • Allow ourselves to help others learn, grow and succeed
  • Want our colleagues to do great work
  • Are comfortable sharing credit for success
  • Shine the spotlight on others

Read John’s post, “Inner Confidence Coupled with Humility,” to learn how to become a more effective leader, a more successful professional and a better person.

 

Imitation and Your Professional Development

IMG_0977 IMG_0978When it comes to your professional development, you can practice and acquire many skills that you need to be successful.  Some of these skills include public speaking, networking and business writing.  These skills along with the resources and methods for acquiring them are the subject of my book, Career-ology 101 which will be published later this fall.

You can acquire many other skills by observing other professionals and practice those skills using imitation. These skills are often referred to as “soft-skills” and some examples include: teamwork, conflict resolution, decision making and time management.    Read more