It helped if they knew what they were talking about, but I’ve seen them plunge into situations for which they had no preparation and come out with the upper hand. While that may seem an ethical and transparent approach to business, it made for a lousy living. My mistake was in leaving out the key ingredient that came so naturally to my cohorts: confidence. The next week, I was sent in to do a follow-up meeting—really, a meet-and-greet with the head honchos.
It took a handful of wonderful mentors and some time before I finally found the confidence I needed. Recently, professors Gavin Kilduff and Adam Galinsky released the results of their experiment on social dynamics. They assembled a random collection of college students, divided them into three groups, and gave each a writing assignment. Prior to the experiment, these team leaders did not possess any more confidence than their peers. But that’s all it took for their peers to vote them as more competent than themselves. If you want more confidence (and who doesn’t?), here are three easy things you can do to begin your journey to mastery.
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As the level of confidence decreases, the size of the corresponding interval will decrease.
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He could enter a conversation with people vehemently opposed to his political views, but by the end of the discussion they would usually be nodding their heads as they reconsidered their stance. Occasionally, they would have to poke me to make me hide my astonishment, lest I let the cat out of the bag.
The strength of their magic did not come from their competence of the subject matter—it came from their conviction that, whatever the issue, they were right. My instinctive approach to selling, communication, and influencing used to be to present the facts in logical order, and then allow the other person to draw their own conclusions. By the end of the big meeting, the client showed all the signs of having made their choice.
I undercharged and undersold my services (a deadly combination) because I didn’t believe I was worth more.
One group wrote about their dreams and ambitions; the idea was to prime them to be confident.
These leaders didn’t enter their respective projects and immediately begin trying to assert themselves, like Dan and Craig naturally do.
Like leadership and the ability to communicate, confidence is not something we are innately born with or not. The more you are aware of these times, the more you can understand the strengths you can build on and the circumstances that make you feel vulnerable.


Also, some of the links in the post above may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Sign up to receive my blog posts via e-mail and I’ll send you my servant leadership e-book FREE. It would mean hiring more people, learning some new tools, and significantly changing how we operated. The second group wrote about their duties or about a time when they felt powerless; the goal was to put them in a deferential mindset. All three groups of students were randomly selected, both for the experiment and for the writing assignments. They live with the haunting feeling that they are frauds and that they will soon be discovered.
Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. But most of the time, my two charismatic friends simply persuaded and influenced their listeners. The third group was the control, writing about their commute to campus or a trip to the grocery store.
But when it comes to working, selling, and communicating—that is, compelling other people to act—competence and such have never been enough to bring real success.



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