I read a recent article about the art of confidence and how one is to garner it. Take a look at the post on The Career Encouragement blog. I noticed as I was reading the post that places together a quick list of ways to gain self confidence
that something was missing. The list of ways to gain self confidence did not cover what I think is the number 1 reason and method for building your internal power when heading to an interview. Preparation.
Preparation is the number one way people feel confident in their approach to a meeting, an interview, pretty much anything. You can walk fast, speak loud and dress for the black tie event. If you are not prepared mentally with a knowledge of the subject matter, of the audience, of the purpose of your meeting - you are doomed for failure. The people that are prepared are not only the most confident, they typically do not have to lather on some of the surface mannerisms that try to masquerade as confidence allowing people to quickly realize their expertise thus immediately taking them in as a trusted resource.
The great thing about preparation. It is the easiest and cheapest method as well. With the web, the limitless resources available for one to read and become aware of a subject make for a sea of opportunity when prepping for that big meeting. So instead of running out to purchase that 1000 suit, running to the gym one more time, or sitting in the front row yelling your head off - do the simplest thing. Sit tight, take time off and spend it in front of the research instrument most all of us have available. You will find it is time well spent.
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Written by Jason Monastra