Being an entrepreneur for the very first time is an exciting prospect. You’re able to stand on your own two feet with a business idea you’ve had spinning around for a while, but now you can actually make it a reality!
However, thinking about diving in head first as a new entrepreneur can be intimidating. Chances are, you’re not sure if you’re really quite right for the entrepreneurial lifestyle. And we’re here to tell you that you absolutely are! You just need to build a bit of confidence; check out the tips below for some ideas.
Focus on Your Body Language
The way you hold yourself, the way you dress, and the amount of eye contact you give are all indicators of confidence. You need to perfect all three areas for moments when you need to attend meetings and/or impress potential clients and investors. What your body transmits says a lot about how professional you are, so don’t let anyone get the wrong idea here. You’re serious about your business, you want support with your idea, and you’re here to get it.
Verify Your Skills
If you ever feel like an imposter and like you don’t belong when you stand in front of someone, it’s best to take a moment to verify your skills. If an official external source reminds you that you’re someone with expertise and a highly rated resume on your side, you’re much more likely to believe it yourself! And if you’ve been through a training course like a 200 hour teacher training yoga, the fact that you passed in the first place is a little way to remind yourself that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be.
Learn How to Ask
The ability to ask for financial help or a contact is the best way to put yourself forward. If you know how to ask, a.k.a., how to be polite and friendly and even a little bit funny, as well as offer something in return, you’ll receive far more positive airtime wherever you go. It’s why an elevator pitch is so important to have ready; you won’t stammer over your words when they’re short, sharp, and well-rehearsed.
Embrace the Knockbacks
Even with all the above tips, you can still be knocked back and told no every now and again. You may even be downright insulted at some points. But being able to handle these harsh words is key, as whoever says them reveals more about themselves than you. And a knockback isn’t a disaster; there are plenty more fish in the sea. The person or company in question doesn’t know you – how could they possibly offer some constructive criticism? Take the knock, embrace the feeling, and move on.
If you’ve decided to take the entrepreneurial path, you’re going to need plenty of confidence to carry you through! You’ll make mistakes along the way, naturally, but it’s your confidence that’ll ensure you always come back for more.