In a world where everyone is self-promoting, you need to show that you are the best person for that job or contract. These are the proven methods:
1) Feel powerful
Take 10 minutes before a meeting or job interview to write about a time you felt powerful. People who did this went on to fare better in a mock business-school interview organised by psychologists at the University of Cologne, Germany.
2) Sit up straight
In a study led by Richard Petty of Ohio State University in Columbus, people who wrote down why they were qualified for a job while sitting up straight went on to believe more of these reasons than people who wrote while slumped over their desks.
3) Stand Tall
Amy Cuddy at Harvard University has shown the power of “power posing”. Volunteers who stood with their hands on their hips and shoulders back, or who sat with an open, expansive posture for just a few minutes before delivering a speech as part of a mock job interview performed better and were more likely to be selected.
4) Wear your lucky socks
People who brought in a “lucky charm” to help them in a memory test run by Lysann Damisch at the University of Cologne did better than those without charms. They also set higher goals for themselves. This was because they felt more confident, Damisch says.