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She Defined August 2022

Confidence is undoubtedly something we all strive for and want more of.

We know that confidence is something we need to lead a better life. And for a variety of reasons, confidence doesn’t come that easily to many people.

But there are simple changes you can make each day to build your confidence and see it grow over time, at which point you’ll start seeing positive changes.

Try these six confidence boosters which will help you improve your life.



We stand and walk a certain way when we’re confident and another way when we’re nervous.

Most people can tell in seconds if we’re apprehensive or outgoing, relaxed or aggressive simply by observing our body language.

So, avoid your hands in your pockets, don’t cross your arms, stand tall, lift your head up, walk in long strides, breathe from your diaphragm and shake people’s hands firmly. You’ll love the way you feel when you do all this in combination.


You want your hair, face and even your smell to work for you, not against you.

Style your hair to flatter your face, dress for your body shape, and use a fragrance that works for your body chemistry.

And remember, there’s nothing worse than a forest of hair in your nose and ears to make you look unkempt and unprofessional.

Being well-groomed says you’ve got a degree of self-respect, are disciplined and pay attention to detail. These are all qualities that are admired by employers and loved ones alike.


Have you ever tried to think negatively or act sad while smiling? You can’t. It’s impossible!

Smiling affects our emotions because of a brain-body connection. It triggers scientifically measurable activity in the left frontal cortex — the area of the brain where happiness is registered. The American comedian Phyllis Diller said: “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

So, smile often. You will feel more confident and you will look better too.


Keep reading here:


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© Michelle Bowden 2022.  Michelle Bowden is an authority on presentation & persuasion in business. Michelle is a CSP (the highest designation for speakers in the world), best-selling internationally published author (Wiley), and a regular commentator in print, radio and online media.

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