Tips for Getting Comfortable Outside Your Career Comfort Zone

In this post let’s cover some tips for comfortably stepping out of your comfort zone in three career areas: Interviews, business pitches, and promotions. Enjoy! And don’t forget to check out the cool infographic at the bottom of the page!

The Interview

Preparing for an interview can be extremely nerve-wracking, but there are many techniques to help you prepare questions, make a great first impression, and land your dream job.

1. Do your research.

You’ll want to spend a few hours researching and familiarizing yourself with “who” the company is. Make sure you search outside the company website and social media channels, a lot of times you’ll find great articles on the company that were published by outside sources.

Another great place to check out is the company blog, this will help you get a better idea of the type of people who work there, what the company culture is like, and how you will fit in.

2. Dress to impress.

Plan your interview outfit ahead of time. Make sure your outfit is free of wrinkles, stains, and loose hems. We suggest dressing professional but comfortable, and if you are worried about nervous sweating, do some research to figure out what products exist to combat this.

Tommy John, a comfort and lifestyle brand, has a wide assortment of effective and comfortable boxer briefs and undershirts designed to help keep you cool and confident all day. You won’t have to worry about bunching or your shirt coming untucked, leaving you with one less thing to worry about.

Small details matter, so make sure your fingernails are manicured and your shoes are shined. After all, when you look your best, you feel your best!

3. Practice interview questions ahead of time.

Preparing answers to common and tough questions ahead of time will help you avoid dry mouth, fast-talking, and stumbling over your words. It will also help you articulate why you are a great fit for the job. Strong communication skills are very important, especially since highly skilled communicators make more money!

Another way to prepare is to ask friends or family members to do mock interviews with you. That way, you can get honest feedback about what you need to work on and you’ll be much more comfortable during the actual interview since you’ve practiced.

The Business Pitch

You scored a new job and things are going great, but now you are freaking out over giving a compelling presentation for an upcoming pitch.

Don’t worry, we all want to excel in our careers and push ourselves to be the best we can be, but sometimes that comes with anxiety and discomfort. Stay calm-there are plenty of ways to challenge yourself and turn up amazing results without nervous pressure getting in the way!

1. Go visual.

First, visualize success. Believing in yourself will help alleviate butterflies and nausea, and allow you to focus on nailing your pitch. Second, visualize your story. You’ll want to grab the attention of the room with your personality and passion for the topic, but also with compelling visuals.

Make your pitch pop with interesting images and avoid a lot of cluttered text. You will need to stand out from the competition, so incorporate eye-catching graphs and charts to make your data easily digestible and fun!

2. Practice meditation and light stretching to avoid restlessness and tense muscles.

If your body is relaxed you will be able to speak effectively and deliver a pitch with confidence.

3. Command the room.

Breathing exercises will help you to establish a presence in the room while speaking and will allow your voice to compliment your message. It’s so important to practice diaphragmatic breathing so you avoid feeling panicked and are able to focus on fostering positive thoughts.

The Promotion

You nailed your interview, landed clients left and right with excellent pitches, and now you are competing with a close colleague for a promotion. Uh oh! This can quickly become uncomfortable for anyone involved, especially when you are good friends, but we’ve provided tips for handling this situation while maintaining a positive relationship.

1. Be open.

There’s no reason to hide that you are applying for the same position. You don’t want to create an awkward situation down the road where you get the promotion and your co-worker is in the dark about the fact that you were even a candidate. This can make them feel deceived and hurt, and it may even cost you a friendship.

2. Focus on your strengths.

Relax, stay positive, and don’t undercut your competition. This is likely to backfire and make you look bad, especially because you are applying for a leadership position and that behavior can be perceived as immature. Even if you don’t get the promotion, at least you tried your best and remained positive, which can go a long way down the line when it comes to future promotions.

3. Celebrate the competition.

Your attitude says a lot about you and people take notice, so make sure you congratulate your co-worker on the promotion and let them know you think they will do a great job. You can even get them a cute congratulatory gift to show your support. You want to create a positive environment, especially if it’s someone you are very close to in the workplace. Plus, nobody appreciates a sore loser!

Don’t allow nervous pressure or the physical effects of anxiety to get in the way of excelling in and enjoying your career. There are plenty of ways to overcome the uncomfortable and become more confident and secure in the workplace.

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About Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is a retired psychotherapist, Master NLP trainer, and practicing life coach. He and his wife, Hope, co-founded iNLP Center in 2011.

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