2014 has ended and now it’s the season of New Year’s resolutions. Lose 5 kilograms. Be nicer to mom-in-law. Go back to school. The list is endless. This is the time when we analyse what worked for us in the past year and what didn’t. Which habits and which people do we want to bring with us into this New Year?
A New Year gives us a fresh start and an opportunity to assess where we are and where we want to be. Here are some top tips you can use to ensure your 2015 is the best year ever.
Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you are going.
When implementing these tips remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character change. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behaviour and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. Take small steps toward your success and finding your greatness.
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~ Oprah Winfrey
Practicing beforehand is essential to the positive outcome of any business situation you find yourself in. And if you add a reasonable amount of confidence as a base, you are well on your way to getting the deal to go your way – If your client sees your confidence, they’ll like you, try you then buy into your business.
Here are the secrets to a confident you:
Lean forward Show the other person you’re listening and that they have your undivided attention.
Shake hands firmly This sets the tone for a professional conversation, open and close the meeting with a firm handshake.
Walk with confidence When entering a room or walking with a colleague, use long strides, keep your head high and shoulders square. It will help you feel confident and make a lasting impression.
Maintain eye contact When speaking, make eye contact but don’t stare. Lack of eye contact can mean you lack confidence and even – a person not to be trusted. If you are talking to several people, make sure you give them all some eye-contact. This creates a connection and ensures people are listening to you.
Nod when others are talking Show others you’re listening and understanding what they’re saying.
Lastly, Smile! This is, without doubt, a universal language If you smile at 10 people, nine will smile back – use it well and naturally. Smile and laugh when it’s appropriate. People will be more inclined to listen to you if they think you are a positive person. Remember to make sure it’s genuine.