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Confidence For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-31467-8
292 pages
July 2012
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Build up your confidence levels and become more effective in all areas of your life

Self-confidence is more than just a feeling inside – it's an indispensable ingredient for success in life. Written by two of the most sought-after executive coaches in the world, Confidence For Dummies, 2nd Edition arms you with proven tools and techniques for overcoming insecurity and social inhibitions, and for learning how to think and behave with more confidence at work, socially, and even in love.

  • Know where you stand – gauge your confidence level, identify which aspects of your life need confidence-building, and find out what's keeping you stuck in place

  • Get on track – tailor a personal programme for creating the new super-confident you that you want to present to the world

  • Find your focus – find out how to let go of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations

  • Project self-confidence – broadcast your new-found confidence to the world and connect more easily with others

Open the book and find:

  • What confidence is and where it comes from

  • How to connect confidently through social media

  • Top tips to prepare you for a presentation or job interview

  • Advice for approaching romantic relationships with confidence

  • How to say 'No' with confidence

  • Ways to recover quickly from any setback

Learn to:

  • Recognise your strengths and believe in your ability

  • Develop your confidence both personally and professionally

  • Get the results you want, whatever the situation

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Introduction 1

Part I: Considering the Basics 7

Chapter 1: Assessing Your Confidence 9

Chapter 2: Identifying Your Sticking Points 29

Chapter 3: Charting Your Course Ahead 43

Part II: Gathering the Elements 55

Chapter 4: Finding Your Motivation 57

Chapter 5: Sticking to Your Principles 71

Chapter 6: Making Friends with Your Emotions 87

Chapter 7: Unleashing Your Passion 101

Part III: Building Your Confident Self 117

Chapter 8: Moving Beyond Perfection 119

Chapter 9: Stretching Yourself Mentally 137

Chapter 10: Developing Your Physical Confidence 153

Chapter 11: Raising Your Voice 163

Chapter 12: Getting the Result You Want 175

Part IV: Engaging Other People 191

Chapter 13: Demonstrating Confidence in the Workplace 193

Chapter 14: Approaching Romantic Relationships with Confidence 219

Chapter 15: Connecting Confidently via Social Media 233

Part V: The Part of Tens 249

Chapter 16: Ten Great Questions to Spur You into Action 251

Chapter 17: Ten Daily Habits to Raise Your Confidence 257

Index 263

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Kate Burton is a leading international executive coach with a background in corporate communication in IT, and works with clients such as HP, KPMG and Microsoft. Brinley Platts is a leading authority on the development of senior executives.

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