Tanya Paterson is a strong, confident woman in business. But as she recounts, self-assurance can soon give way to self-doubt if we let it – it’s all a question of attitude.

Perhaps you’ve been in a similar situation: you’re part of an important meeting, and you’re well-prepared. You know your stuff, and you’re excited to present both the material and yourself. You stride into the room. You firmly shake hands with others. When you reach your boss, you make eye contact and nod, silently sending him a message: I’ve got this.

Your boss narrows his eyes ever so slightly and holds your gaze a bit too long. Is it a challenge? A threat (don’t you dare upstage me)?

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