Even if you've got the skills, showing your strengths confidently — or even showing them at all! — can be stressful and difficult. Yet starting to be confident at work can be as easy as using a few simple phrases.
1. I don't know, but I'll find out.
Knowing your stuff also means admitting what you don't know. Confident people take ownership, admit where there's gaps in their knowledge, and take action to find out.
2. What if we try this?
Your opinions deserve to be heard! Confident people offer their expertise by suggesting new ideas and new ways to try things. It's okay if it's not the final answer.
3. Tell me more about that.
While these people are eager to get their voice heard, they also want to encourage others to speak up too. Just make sure you really listen.
4. I'm sorry. How should we move forward?
Taking ownership of your mistakes is one stroke of confidence — deciding how to move forward is another. Everyone messes up at work. Be confident, admit your error, and then move on.
5. Can you please help me?
Just as confident people admit what they don't know, they also admit when they're stuck and need a hand.
This is the simplest, yet perhaps the most important thing confident people say at work. They know when they've taken on too much and spread themselves thin. It ensures they get what they already have on their plate done, and done well.
What are some sure-fire signs of confidence at work? What phrases do you use to show you feel confident?