One of the most poignant points CWK guest, Selena Rezvani, made during our conversation was, “If you never hear no, you’re not asking for enough.” It reminded me of the need to be tenacious – in and out of the workplace. It’s no wonder NBC, The Huffington Post, the FAST Company, Forbes, and more, all look to her for advice on self-advocacy and confidence.
The LinkedIn Learning instructor also shared her expertise on networking and the art of giving and receiving no’s. I left our conversation ready to apply her knowledge and I’m sure you will too!
Selena has taught tens of thousands of people about confidence through her LinkedIn Learning courses and workshops, so I was surprised to hear it is still a personal struggle.
We agreed growing confidence is universal and ongoing even for the most accomplished. That being said, I was curious to know common confidence pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Self trash talk and waiting for perfection topped her list. Her tips to overcoming them include adopting a supportive voice to negate the negative and knowing you have something valuable to share. Committing to not playing small by applying these tips will be a confidence game changer!
For those of us taking baby steps toward confidence, especially in the workplace, Selena says a great entry point would be having clarity.
“It’s hard to be a good self-advocate if you aren’t clear on what is important to you. The work begins inside. Understand what you want so when you present your case you have clear requests and options on how they can be attained,” she shared.
“When you say yes to them, you say no to yourself. So, make a deal with yourself to not say yes in the moment. Instead say, ‘I need to look at my calendar, speak with my team, my family, etc’ and then get back to them.”
Selena’s take on how to say no is genius for recovering ‘yes men’ like myself. This technique buys you time to think before committing. Your sanity and energy will thank you next time someone has a spontaneous request.
On the flip side, here’s Selena’s advice on bouncing back when you hear a ‘no’.
Also remember, a no can mean ‘not right now’.
As we transition into a new normal in the workplace we’ll need strong support systems. Selena has an easy approach to networking we’d all appreciate. “Keep it simple,” she says, “Networking doesn’t have to be sophisticated. You should reach out often, have a point/reason for connecting/common ground, follow the 70/30 rule where you listen 70% and only talk 30%, and be generous. If you practice this you’ll be able to sustain the relationship.”
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Homework: Cross your arms, then cross them the other way. Think about how it felt the second time, probably awkward and vulnerable. Now, think about how you’ll support yourself through the weird, strange, and uncomfortable moments like that in life from now on.
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