In January 2019 we returned to Barnes Dennig with the intention to build on our November workshop session, “The Power of No”. For this half-day session we dove deep into the idea of confidence– why it matters, how it affects our presence in the workplace, and how to communicate it. We began by exploring the idea of the “confidence gap”, or the difference in confidence levels between women and men in the workforce. This difference can be the difference between going for a promotion or holding yourself back, negotiating for more money or settling for the original offer. In order to build our confidence, we did an exercise with the participants (pictured above) focused on identifying individual strengths, and then communicating those strengths to others without apology– something we rarely allow ourselves to do. Finally, we worked through ways to communicate our confidence and ambitions to our managers and colleagues going forward.