Do you struggle to put yourself out there and make your voice heard in a work environment?
If so, you're certainly not the only one with plenty of people finding it difficult to make their voices heard in the office.
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Here, relationship expert and psychologist Sam Owen shares her tips to help you increase your confidence in the workplace with purposeful planning, preparation and practice.
Step outside your comfort zone
This might sound scary but if you do it bit by bit, you'll find it a lot easier. Be sure to tell yourself you are capable of doing these things and your self belief will help you along the way.
It might mean increasing your workload but if you say yes to more things then you will quickly develop your skills.
Don't just communicate with people inside your direct team - network with everybody. You'll start to feel more at home in your workplace and you'll build up a bank of contacts who will be there to help you when you need them.
Set clear goals
Write down all your targets and goals along with dates you need to have them completed by. This way you'll know exactly what it is you need to do and you'll build your confidence with the sense of achievement you get from completing them on time.