episode #47: how to build confidence

how to build confidence

In today's episode, I answer a question from a listener about how to build confidence. Checkout the question below, or click play to start streaming and hear about it on the podcast.

ask db // question:

"Hey Dean, recently my boss at work asked me to give a presentation to our whole office (which consists of a tad bit more than 100 people) and I am incredibly nervous. How can I build the confidence to talk to these people? ...It’s not that I don’t know WHAT to say. I’m just so nervous about it that I feel like I might come off as less knowledgeable than my boss thinks I am. How do I deal with this and build the confidence to give good presentations in the future?"

show notes:

  • Confidence and fear go together.
  • Negative feedback mechanism: every human being comes standard with an internal "negative feedback mechanism" (term coined by author Maxwell Maltz) ... which basically means this: the more you do, the more you learn. The key is to just aim and fire — and then when you miss (not if you miss) the target — just adjust your approach and fire again.
  • Most guys know the nerve-wracking feeling that comes with approaching a girl you don’t know and asking for her number… it's a scary experience for sure, but the more you do it, the better you get at it. Everything in life is exactly the same way. 

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