Member Advice: Confidence
"Say yes and then figure it out after. I’m much better now about pursuing opportunities I don’t feel ready for and being comfortable that it will work out."
Caroline Ceniza-Levine, Founding partner, SixFigureStart
"I knew I had made it when I saw that my natural talents, strengths, values, and skills were aligned. This sounds simple, but it took many years for me to become aware of how these things acted in synergy and to give me strong confidence."
Carolann Wolfgang, Owner/Director, Uluru Mediation, Inc. and Orion Sustainable Performance Solutions, Inc.
"Learning to let go of a fear of failure or fear of being judged is incredibly liberating, and helps you think of ways to fly rather than focusing on not falling."
Amita Gupta, Stylist, Keaton Row
"Keep doing what you are doing and never forget that when something makes you nervous – go at it full force! And If you don’t know the answer – research it until you know it so well you can teach it to others."
Jennifer Merschdorf, CEO, Young Survival Coalition
"Forgive yourself for not being perfect at everything."
Jeanne Bliss, President, Customer Bliss
"I study hard so I can take calculated risks or, when I don’t have time to calculate, educated risks."
Kari Mar, Experience Design Lead, Avanade Inc.
"Have confidence in your ideas and the ability to create whatever you wish in your life."
Ayla Annac, CEO, President, Co-Founder, InvivoSciences® Inc.
"Even if you do everything right, at some point you will encounter the bullies of the work world and will be treated unfairly. Regardless of any such obstacle, if you always work hard, and keep your integrity intact, you will make your own future."
Barbara Lewnowski,CEO, Vertose Company Limited
"Don't judge yourself or anyone else too harshly. Any mistakes will shape you and create the serendipity of the path that's about to unfold for you."
Courtney Feider, Founder, Adrian + Sabine
"Being different is O.K... Differences matter and they are even an asset to leverage."
Karyn Twaronite, Partner and EY Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer
"Soak it all in. Have confidence in yourself, and always have trust in your preparation. Most importantly, keep imagining."
Michelle Selesky Giuda, Former UCLA Gymnastics Team Captain and Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications for Weber Shandwick
"Don’t be afraid or embarrassed by what you don’t know – own it. Find the experts, ask questions, be transparent in your curiosity and your need for more knowledge."
Mary Murrin, Social Investment Team Lead, Appalachia Partnership Initiative, Chevron U.S.A., North America Exploration and Production Company
"Move forward in spite of the fears and inner doubt."
Kim Ann Curtin, Founder and CEO of The Wall Street Coach
"Be more confident. Self-efficacy impacts so many things that make us who we are today: our first impressions, our body language, and our verbal communication."
Maurya Couvares, Co-Founder and Executive Director, ScriptEd, Inc.
"There is no need to compete with anyone else... Keep raising the bar for yourself and don't pay attention to everyone else."
Bridget Williams, Sales Executive, AmeriHome Mortgage Company, LLC
“Learn to ignore that annoying voice inside all of us that says ‘you can't do this.’”
Coco Meers, CEO and Founder, PrettyQuick
"When you believe in yourself and have erased all the critical voices, you can get what you want."
Emily Filloramo, Be More Extraordinary Academy
"Do everything you can to drill down and identify the fears driving not only your actions but also the fears that affect other’s actions as well. Exposing and defining these fears is the only way to empower oneself."
Wendy Merrill, Chief Rainmaker, StrategyHorse Consulting Group
"If there’s something you want to do, just do it. Don't make excuses and don't let yourself get discouraged."
Vivian Rabin, co-founder of iRelaunch
"You can't worry about whether or not every idea will succeed. You must pursue your ideas with passion and conviction."
Ann Pollina, Head of School, Westover School
"Get more comfortable in taking calculated risks, though not all risks are created equal. Great, otherwise unforeseen, opportunities often come from risk-taking."
Nava Yeshoalul, Staffing Business Partner, Google
"Be assertive, confident and secure in what you bring in talent, and skill experience."
Leticia Martinez, Senior Manager, Grant- Thornton, Public Sector, Texas
"Get over your discomfort about sales and public speaking fast - every business has to get good at sales."
Elizabeth Sullivan, CEO, Love Mentor
"Do not pay attention to the naysayers because most of them have no clue what it’s like to take risks. Dream big and trust your instinct."
Kedma Ough, Business Director, AVITA
"When you’re on stage you need to be bigger than life - so confidence is key. Wear what makes you feel like you can conquer the world."
Lee Heyward, CEO, Style With Lee
"Be open. Don’t be afraid—risk/reward isn’t just a financial concept. Trust your instincts; you’ll learn from your mistakes."
Ellen Kinlin, Founder & President, The Kinlin Company
"For presentations and meetings, practice. The greater comfort you have with your content, the more relaxed you will be when it is time to present. You’ll also make it easier to focus on your audience."
Meghan Dotter, Principal, Portico, LLC
"Know your material well enough so you can present anytime and anywhere."
Scarlett DeBease, President, Scarlett Image
"Even if you do everything right leading up to an interview, when it comes to the actual interview, there are things you might do that can sabotage yourself and cause interviewers to form negative opinions, which can potentially take you out of the consideration set for the position you’re seeking – even if you are a perfect candidate."
Alyssa Gelbard, Founder and President, Resume Strategiests Inc.
"With job security being a thing of the past and a low likelihood of breaking through the corporate glass ceiling, controlling their own destiny is alluring for many [women]."
Geri Stengel, President, Ventureneer
"Approach your next negotiation with skill and confidence by setting goals, preparing and practicing. Not all negotiations may work in your favor, but creating a habit of asking can increase your earnings significantly."
Belma McCaffrey, Senior Business Development Consultant, Associated Press
"I came to understand that fear, that flip in my stomach, was – and still is – a signal to take action, show up, speak up, stand up!"
Charlotte Beyer, President, Principle Quest Foundation
"Don’t be so afraid to ask. I could have been achieved more if I had known my questions wouldn’t necessarily be a burden but actually received as a compliment."
Stacy Kim, Founder, Life Junctions, LLC
"Start your own business much earlier on. Failure doesn't really exist, it's just a matter of perspective."
Sumeera Rasul, Founder/ CEO of Madesmith
"Go for new experiences and take risks. If you don’t stumble on the way, you aren’t stretching yourself enough."
Diem Nguyen, General Manager, Biosimilars and US Brands for Global Established Products, Pfizer
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