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How to Appear More Confident

As young college students the ultimate goal is to graduate and head out into the real world. No matter what path you end up taking the one trait that will take you far is confidence. So here are some quick tips to help you improve it.

#1: Take the Time to Plan

Planning ahead can come in handy when you are going on a vacation or taking a trip to the supermarket, but planning for a job interview is different. Researching the company you are interviewing with is a must! Employers want to see that you are the right fit for their company. By knowing its history, its mission and how your skills will benefit the company shows true initiative. Build your confidence by having a plan, allowing others to see the organized and reliable person you are.

#2: Just Smile

It may sound simple, but smiling can change your whole mood. The contagious factor of sharing a smile spreads positivity, which can make others feel good. It not only makes you more approachable to others, it is also good for your health. So let your smile frame your day and the confidence others see in you.

# 3: Put a Little Effort into Your Outfit

As we all know, first impressions can shape someone’s image of you. Why not make it a good one by adding some color to your wardrobe or adding an accessory that accents your best feature. Not to mention the possibility of a compliment. This can be a confidence booster even on your worst days!

#4: Stride with Certainty

A powerful walk screams confidence! Shoulders back, head held high and command in your step, creates the notion that you are someone with a purpose. Your walk is a large part of the presence that you hold, strolling with pride makes people believe you are secure with who you are and where you are going.

#5: Remember Eye Contact

When holding a conversation, look people in the eyes! It may seem awkward at times but it says so much. Making eye contact shows that you are attentive and engaged in the conversation you are having. Allowing people to become drawn in, connecting to you and what you are saying. So remember to let your eyes lead the way!

#6: Speak with a Purpose

People respect those who know what they are talking about. No one likes to hear a speaker drag on about things that have nothing to do with the topic at hand. If at times you think you find yourself in a conversation on a topic you know nothing about, be honest and say so. People seek knowledge from those who are informed so educate yourself and speak with purpose!

Bryana Perkins is a Mass Communications Major at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA., but has been living in Florida for ten years. Perkins will soon graduate and hopes to use her writing skills to work for a non-profit organization. She enjoys sports, outdoor activities, arts and crafts, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite topics to write about are people and community. Perkins hopes her desire to write will impact people's lives in a positive.
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