Growing Our Self Awareness

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Growing Our Self-Awareness
Self-awareness is all about what it sounds like: growing wiser about who we are and the things that we like and do not like. When we become more self-aware, we can also consider other people and how they feel or sense things.
In this lesson, we will assess our self-awareness according to how skilled we are at communicating, and whether there is something holding us back. You will have an opportunity to think about some ways that you can boost your self-confidence.
 
Do You Question Your Competence?
Our confidence in our ability to express ourselves well and to keep our composure in difficult situations can be a crucial asset in the workplace. None of us wants to look foolish or spend a lot of time being anxious. If we are frequently anxious about making mistakes, or looking foolish, we limit our own strength.
 
Complete the following quiz to shed some light on your feelings.

Yes No
I’m concerned that I’m not effective enough when dealing with my supervisor or my co-workers.
After I’ve had a conversation with someone, I sometimes worry if I’ve said anything that could be construed as offensive.
I am frequently in a position of trying to counteract a bad impression I believe I’ve made.
I rarely worry about being considered by others as misinformed or ignorant on things.
When I’m in social situations, I’m not concerned about following rules of etiquette or being self-conscious.
I tend to fret that others may think I don’t know what I’m doing.
I fear that others may not see me as adequately disciplined.
I usually wonder whether my co-workers think that I’m not putting enough time and energy into my job.
I avoid criticizing someone else’s judgment for fear of appearing in the wrong.
I tend to worry that others will laugh at my ideas.

 
There are no right and wrong answers to this questionnaire. It is a tool to give you an idea about how you feel about your communication skills. Throughout the course, we will present techniques and tools to help you be a stronger communicator.
 
Developing Confidence
When it comes to communicating, we can be hampered by our own fears of failure or embarrassment not necessarily because we lack expertise in communication, but because we lack confidence in ourselves.
In order to get better at communicating, there are a few things that we can do to develop confidence.
Fake it until you make it.
Be confident, even if you aren’t. Don’t fabricate the truth to cover what you don’t know, but act braver than you feel. Your brain won’t know the difference, and after a while you will find yourself feeling braver.
Be well prepared.
If you are speaking to someone, fear of embarrassing yourself might make you stumble. Make sure you have all the facts, figures, and details that you need.
Learn how to relax.
Whether you are going into a conversation or presenting at a meeting, learn how to relax so that you can enjoy what you are doing. Visualization techniques, deep breathing, practicing your material, and a good brisk walk can all help us unwind.
Be consistent.
If you want to develop credibility among your peers, they must be able to trust you. Make sure that your non-verbal messages (your body language) support what you are saying, and that your face and voice match your messages. Saying, “It’s nice to meet you,” with your eyes downcast, a slumped body posture, and depressed vocal tone will not make anyone feel welcome.