Warning! Be conscious of your word choice. Women are likely to dent themselves by using softer wording, such as "I think" or "maybe” or even apologizing for interrupting. You don't have to interpose or be impolite, but use more confident words that make a statement – not a gentle suggestion.
It may sound a lot like trickery but pretend you're confident. We don't all feel like Oprah, even on our best days, but the rest of the office doesn't have to know that. Understand that how you walk, shake hands and make or avoid eye contact each tells someone whether or not you are self-assured. Therefore stand up tall, square those shoulders, walk with purpose and look everyone in the eye. You'll soon discover that even if you don't feel confident at first, you will soon. Fake it until you believe it!
Dress the part. You do not have to attire in pantsuits to prove you've got grit. Always dress suitably, however own your style. If you're more bohemian than shoulder pads, you can still wear what you love and radiate personality. You'll come off surer of yourself if you like what you wear; instead of if you dress like you think others expect you to.
Speak up. You were hired for the reason that you have smart ideas, so it's time to share them! Never be a wallflower in meetings and over-assert yourself, neither. Find the balance between holding back what you're thinking and controlling the conversation.
Play to people's preferences. Everyone's got a different button, and knowing what makes them light up can win you points around the office. It is not talking brown-nosing but just paying attention to people can help you shape relationships.
Go in a different direction. It's sometimes enticing to do what the successful people in your firm are doing, but understand you will stand out if you go in the opposite direction. If you're the lone person who thinks the proposed logo is terrible, do not be afraid to say so.
Leverage that performance review. Don’t be shy when it's time to sit down with your boss and assess the past year. Come equipped with a list of accomplishments, as well as goals for the coming year. He'll appreciate your frankness, and that bonus will be all but in the bag.