Managing Director of successful sales and marketing company, Mac Collective based in Elmhurst, Paul Macnamara has offered entrepreneurs some valuable advice on how to be a more confident leader.
Mac Collective, who specialize in outsourced sales and marketing know exactly what it takes to be confident. And that is because Managing Director, Paul has three key pieces of advices that he offers leaders, and what he builds his business with. He said, “As an entrepreneur and leader, confidence isn’t a choice. It’s necessary for growing success. It isn’t a tactical thing. It’s an emotion. Just like any emotion, happiness, anger, sadness, etc. So in order to achieve that high level of confidence to push through the challenges and growing pains of running a business and being a leader, I have provided three tips that I use for confidence building in myself, and others.”
1. Listen before you speak.
The key to building confidence lies in building your conversational skills. How it works is simple: ask open-ended questions. After all, the point of conversation is to relate to someone. But the important part is listening to the answers. It is important to remember: If you’re not listening, you’re not connecting.
2. Pay attention to appearance.
Just because you may not be meeting with a VIP doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to look like a mess. You never know who you’ll meet at any given moment and it’s crucial for your confidence to know that you’re looking good.
3. Make sure to smile… A lot!
It is simple, but it is important. Your body language can not only change how others see you but also how you see yourself. The easiest thing you can do to feel confident is smile, especially when your self-esteem is low. Even in the most difficult of circumstances, smiling can put everyone around you (and even you) at ease. Then, you’re in a position of influence to make decisions people will trust.
Managing Director of Mac Collective, Paul Macnamara concludes, “When you boost your confidence in yourself and your leaders, you are also boosting your business to success.”
Mac Collective, based in Elmhurst, specialize in quality client representation and building brand awareness. A source from the direct marketing firm commented, “I go by a quote of Marcus Garvey, ‘If you have no confidence in yourself, you are twice defeated in the race of life.’ I believe this quote speaks volumes when it comes to confidence, and shows the importance of it.”