Are you feeling a lack of confidence at work, resulting in you not speaking up or putting yourself forward?
Do you worry that you don’t know enough to contribute effectively?
Are you concerned that you’ve been put into a box and so won’t be considered when opportunities arise?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t despair, A great way to develop your confidence is to showcase what you know; you’ll feel better about yourself and others perceptions of you will change for the better.
Becoming an in-the-know employee can be as easy and incorporating a few new habits, grounded in building a solid new reading routine – into your daily schedule.
Award Winning Coach and Author, Jenny Garrett has five steps to do just that:
1. Read the news daily
Online or in hard copy, national and local. Twitter is great for trending headlines, and The Financial Times is perfect for business news.
2. Up Your Industry Knowledge
Read your trade newsletter, or if you work in a large sector you may have your own publication. If you don’t know what it is ask a co-worker, by doing so you will demonstrate your interest and currency in the workplace.
3. Subscribe to free email newsletters
Most news sources have free email newsletters, subscribe even if you don’t have time to read them and scan them once a week to make sure that you haven’t missed any important developments that could impact what you are working on.
4. Bookmark that rumour filled blog
Does your industry have a rumour filled blog, or forum? If so, it will provide you with the latest rumours circulating. Of course you can’t believe everything you read, but people in your office may be talking about the latest posts, especially if they hit close to home.
5. Showcase your smarts daily
Never go to the office without having something smart to say about your industry that week. Consider your opinion about one or two news items before you enter any meeting. Knowledge is power, go out there and showcase it.
Jenny’s mission is to transform the world for everyone, one empowered woman at a time. She uses her years of experience in coaching and leadership to inspire and motivate people, working with them to deliver career and life changing results beyond expectation. Find our more at jennygarrett.global