Sometimes, we need to do things a little bit differently to be more successful than ever. Whether it’s a matter of changing the way you communicate with the employees at your indie studio, how you approach your morning regimen, or how you approach your daily workload, a small tweak can work wonders for your work life. As an indie developer, you have the power to change the way you work – and with the little tweaks listed below, you will find more success come your way.
What your employees remember most…
When you have a meeting with your employees or a private conversation with an employee, there is one thing they will remember most of all: how you made them feel. It doesn’t matter if you said something positive in your meeting with the employee; if you used a semi-negative tone with them, said something off-putting, etc., they are going to remember that more than anything else you said. Body language and tone matter. If you are going to say anything, do it in the right tone while using proper body language. From there, your words will speak for itself.
Appear confident by avoiding empty phrases
Distractify states avoiding empty phrases such as, “I believe,” and “I think” will make you feel more confident. I’m guilty of using the phrase, “I think,” a lot myself – and you probably do too. Without realizing it, we use these phrases as safety nets in the event that we’re wrong (“oh I was wrong? Well, that’s just what I thought.”), but it doesn’t do us any good. Appear confident to others at your indie studio by avoiding phrases that make you feel less confident, and people will think you know what you’re talking about (because you do).
Even if you don’t…
Fake it ‘till you make it
I’ve always thought this is wild advice that seems too crazy to work. Yet, we’ve heard stories of confident people pretending to know what they’re talking about when they didn’t, only to eventually learn what they were pretending to know about and trick everyone in the process. I had a high school teacher that put a realistic spin on this quote that I’ve always preferred more than the original:
“You can fake it ‘till you make it only for so long. After 10 minutes, you better have learned something.”
Thus, this advice is really saying, “be confident enough that people think you know what you’re talking about. If you don’t, your confidence will say that you do. As soon as possible, learn the thing you’re pretending to know, and become an expert before anyone becomes the wiser.”
This quote isn’t a con man’s personal mantra: it’s just another way of saying, “never tell people what you can’t do.” Treat what you don’t know/can’t do at the moment as an opportunity to learn new things. This will ensure that your indie studio constantly evolves into something, and eventually, your peers will be impressed with what you have accomplished.