For a young consultant to succeed in their career, they must quickly learn to perform at the maximum of their ability. But to consistently perform at this level, they must first understand the root of confidence and build their own self-belief.
At a recent event, hosted by Deloitte, the Young MCA were joined by Peak Performance and Public Speaking Expert Elaine Powell. Elaine came to share her tips on how to become a peak performer and increase your own confidence.
Elaine started the session with the story of her own journey. In 2008, after travelling around the world, she was still unsure what her passion was. Her friend took her to a seminar about personal development, from which Elaine believed she found her calling; Presenting and Public Speaking. Despite the excitement to venture into a new career, Elaine struggled to connect with her audience. She decided to enrol into a weekly amateur public speaking class called ‘Toastmasters’ in order to develop her confidence. Six months after joining Toastmasters, Elaine found herself winning local competitions and delivering public speaking workshops in secondary schools. Fast forward to today, she has trained over 20,000 people and delivered over 500 workshops. She had managed to tap into her confidence and became a peak performer.
Elaine took the Young MCA through the ‘5 Keys to Peak Performance and Confidence’ - Attitude, Awareness, Assignment, Actions and Accountability. Peak performance is a state in which a person performs to the maximum of their ability regardless of your thoughts, feelings, reasons and excuses with total concentration.
Everyone who is considered as a peak performer, from top business leaders to international sports stars, have used these keys either directly or indirectly:
During the event, Elaine ran breakout sessions on each Key to Peak Performance and Confidence to give the audience practical experience.
Confidence is knowing what you're good at, the value you provide, and acting in a way that conveys that to others. Confidence is a critical attribute that can be developed with the right mind set and exposure. The tips above will support you in the journey of developing your confidence which is imperative to gaining more out of your consulting career and delivery of quality solutions to clients.
Written by Ade Tokan, as part of the Young MCA Update