by Mary Cantando, Founder of The Woman’s Advantage, Guest Contributor

It takes serious confidence to lead a business.  And some days you may be more confident than others.  But not to worry.  You can learn to be confident just as you can learn any other skill.

Here are 5 ways to increase your confidence in business.

5 Ways to Gain Confidence in Business

1. Be in the know.

Keep up-to-date in your industry; understand both the surface news as well as the undercurrents.

2. Be prepared.

Prepare and practice for presentations and meetings that you expect to be challenging. Practice builds confidence.

3. Look the part.

Your posture, dress and overall appearance affect both how you feel and how you are perceived by others.  Pay attention to them.

4. Focus on others.

Ask employees, clients, and colleagues questions about themselves.  Look for opportunities to compliment them on their actions or achievements.

5. Don’t procrastinate, act.

Action enables confidence.  You build your confidence by taking action.