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John Kline, PhD, inspirational and motivational keynote and after-dinner speaker and corporate trainer.

June 2006

Motivating Others: Inspire Confidence

I often speak on how to motivate others. The first step is to inspire confidence.

Others are more easily motivated when they see our confidence. More specifically we should:

  • Look Confident. Some people just look more confident than others. A smile (see last month’s column) and a look of self assurance and confidence motivates those around us.
  • Act Confident. Others are also motivated by those who act confident. Don’t mistake confidence with braggadocio or a lack of humility. In fact these behaviors often reveal just the opposite in a person.
  • Feel Confident. The person who feels confident sees opportunities rather than obstacles and motivates others and causes them to also feel confident.
  • Think Strategically. Show that you see how the task at hand fits into the bigger picture. People are more motivated when they see a smaller task as part of a bigger concern.
  • Handle Adversity. Perhaps nothing inspires or motivates others more than a person who triumphs over adversity—the one who doesn’t quit, but perseveres until the task is finished.

Next month we will look at another step to motivating others.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama
jkline@klinespeak.com

June 2006 - Motivating Others: Inspire Confidence
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