4 phrases that will make you sound like a confident high achiever (instead of a narcissist)
Being confident is one of the key ways to succeed at work (and in life). But sometimes, we tend to tow the line towards narcissism when we show off our skills. Here are four phrases that will prove you're a successful high achiever — without making you sound like you're immodest.
1. I believe this will work because....
Confident achievers not only stand up for their ideas, but they also back them up with evidence.
2. Let's walk through what you're thinking.
Instead of resulting to the "why not me?" or "why not my way?", confident people ask for reasoning first, then agree or disagree when they know more information.
3. Thank you for the feedback. Let's work on how to implement this for the future.
When you think you're above feedback, you won't internalize what others have to say and improve your work. High achievers know that they're not always perfect on the first try, and actively work to incorporate feedback they're given.
4. Can you help me? Here's what I'm having trouble with.
We all need help sometimes. While we might just want to complain or wallow in our frustration, asking someone for help — with clear questions about what we don't know — will get the job done better, and make us more of a team player.
What other phrases do you use to sound confident at work? What phrases do you think make others sound narcissistic?