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30 Powerful Advertisements You Won’t Be Able to Forget

30 Powerful Advertisements You Won’t Be Able to Forget

The field of advertising is becoming increasingly diverse as a growing number of firms across multiple industries move into the online space. Social media marketing budgets are expected to double in the next five years, for example, with LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook the three most popular platforms.

Online advertising is just one of many accessible marketing platforms in 2014, however, and the majority of innovative marketers launch their products or services across an integrated range of both online and offline mediums. This not only boosts the likelihood that an advert or brand message will reach as large an audience as possible, but it also enables businesses to combine images and text that have a powerful impact on viewers.

With this in mind, let’s consider some of the most powerful and impactful advertisements of recent times, and look at how they have influenced and inspired viewers. We give you…

Social Issue Advertising Campaigns

1. Stop the Violence: Don’t Drink and Drive

Drunk driving has inspired numerous bold and cutting-edge advertising campaigns in the modern age, but none have been as visually striking as the one commissioned by the Terremoto Propaganda agency in Brazil. The imagery, which depicts a graphic scene where one man is striking another, utilises painted vehicles on the hand and face to replicate the impact of two cars colliding. Its use of the slogan “Stop the Violence, Don’t Drink and Drive” underlines the message, while drawing a direct parallel between reckless driving and pure acts of aggression.

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    2. Don’t Talk While Driving

    On the subject or responsible driving, the Bangalore Traffic Police took the unique step of commissioning this advert from the Mudra Advertising Group in India. By also incorporating concise but impactful text alongside vivid and shocking imagery, it looks to highlight the damage that can be caused by using mobile devices while driving.

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      3. Distracted Driving: Think of Both Sides

      This advertisement follows a similar theme, although it was designed to reinforce the importance of road safety during the school holidays. Created by the Russian advertising agency Red Pepper, its subtle visual and engaging tagline certainly highlight the dangers that distracted drivers pose while out on the road. By imploring motorists to “Think of Both Sides,” it also challenges behaviour and encourages drivers to remain focused at all times.

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        4. When You See a Tuna, Think Panda

        Cruel treatment of animals is always an emotive theme. This topic has been tackled head-on by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Ogilvy & Mather agency in Singapore, who use this distressing and graphic imagery to educate viewers on the realities of tuna fishing. The tagline also creates a simple association between tuna and the treatment of pandas, which may have a more long-lasting impact in the minds of consumers.

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          5. Animal Abuse and Shelters: Same Pet, Different Owner

          While the TBWA-Santiago Mangada agency may have used less graphic imagery to underpin their “Same Pet, Different Owner” campaign, they have created a simple and visually concise concept to drive home the message. The campaign simply utilises before and after photographs of the same pet, highlighting how neglect and abuse can impact their physical condition. It certainly reinforces the responsibility of pet owners and encourages a higher standard of care.

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            6. Don’t Buy Exotic Animal Souvenirs

            Mopving from the simplistic to the complex, this conceptual advert by the Lowe GGK Advertising Agency in Warsaw, Poland, manages to be extremely artistic without compromising its messaging. Featuring a colourfully dressed tourist who leaves a trail of blood as she drags along her suitcase, the image captivates the viewers’ attention before the strong tagline “Don’t Buy Exotic Animal Souvenirs” drives home the key message. Published on behalf of the WWF, it discusses an extremely topical social issue and encourages curiosity about the treatment of exotic animals.

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              7. Torture Victims Are People Just Like You a

              The issues of modern slavery and human trafficking have gained significant media attention in recent times, which has triggered a number of advertising campaigns aimed at educating citizens. This effort, which was created by the renowned Advico Y & R Agency in Zurich, Switzerland, features a creative use of imagery and space to capture a target audience on various types of transport.

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                8. For the Homeless, Every Day Is a Struggle

                In terms of creativity, the Clemenger Advertising Agency in Melbourne followed a similar thought process when developing a campaign to raise awareness about homelessness in Australia. By utilising public bins and incorporating a design that featured a knife and fork on either side of the disposal port, the group were able to make people consider the plight of the homeless during their everyday interactions. The tagline is also emotive, as it encourages us to place our own issues into perspective when considering others.

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                  9. Causing Cancer by Yourself

                  When highlighting prominent social or health issues, the key is undoubtedly to create eye-catching, three-dimensional advertisements that engage people during their everyday activities. The “Causing Cancer by Yourself” campaign managed to be breathtakingly simple and innovative in equal measure, as it placed a public ashtray inside a sparse image of a human lung and rib cage. Created by the Dentsu Advertising Agency in China, the visual effect was instantaneous and extremely thought-provoking for smokers.

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                    10. Deforestation and the Air We Breathe: Before It’s Too Late

                    As the recent discussion on implementing climate controls proves, governments throughout the world need to create a healthier natural environment for global citizens. This was also the motivation behind a recent campaign conducted by the TBWA Agency in Paris, where the imagery of devastated forest regions in the shape of human lungs draws a direct parallel between deforestation and subsequent respiratory problems.

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                      The Most Impactful Print Advertisements

                      11. Moms Demand Action: Choose One

                      In a world of advanced graphics and digital technology, it’s easy to lose sight of how impactful single, still images can be. One of the most emotive and memorable print campaigns was commissioned by the Moms Demand Action Group, who used images of children holding a innocent childhood obejcts (a Kinder Surprise egg, the fable Little Red Riding Hood, a dodgeball ball) alongside youngsters holding automatic weapons. The tagline “Choose One” drew on the fact that the former three items had all been banned from U.S. school in the interests of child safety, while guns were still legalised. Thought-provoking and simple in equal measure, it certainly triggered a great deal of debate nationwide.

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                        12. Some Toys Never Die

                        More often than not, print advertisements must be extremely creative as they cannot rely on gimmickry or audio-visual features. This terrifying and extremely innovative campaign provides a relevant case in point, as Singapore-based agency Grey used sinister imagery and a compelling tagline to promote Duracell’s new longer-lasting batteries. The use of lighting certainly engages viewers, while the level of creativity demands further attention.

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                          13. SANCCOB Saves Seabirds

                          As a species in decline, the African Penguin has garnered a significant amount of attention in recent times. With African Penguin Awareness weekend having finished on 13th October, South African agencies SANCCOB and Bittersuite have collaborated to create this artistic print advertisement that highlights the plight of the species. While the first two tiers of designs include optical illusions that draw the viewer in, the third draws inspiration from optometrist’s eye charts and illustrates the timeline of evolution. This leaves you with a thought-provoking message, and succeeds in raising considerable levels of awareness.

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                            14. Holes

                            In terms of sheer simplicity and instantaneous visual impact, the “Holes” campaign to prevent gun violence in the U.S. stands out. Created by the Grey marketing agency in New York, the advertisement uses the trace outline of three human targets within a single space to highlight the devastating impact that gun crime can have on families. The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness about outdated gun laws in the U.S., and the tagline “Bullets leave bigger holes than you think” certainly underlines the impact of the visuals.

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                              15. B & B Hotels: Bacon

                              On occasion, advertisements are impactful solely due to a creative visual concept and a stunning execution. This is certainly the case with this advert, which was designed artistically by German agency Publicis for a prominent B & B chain. Simply by engaging the reader with a literal interpretation of the bed and breakfast concept, it uses colour and clever imagery to charm consumers and make a distinct mark. This is a simple and yet effective way of influencing consumer decision, especially in a crowded and often stale marketplace.

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                                16. Panasonic: Ideas for Life

                                On a similar note, Panasonic’s unique “Ideas for Life” campaign also used outstanding graphics to sell individual products and promote advanced technology. This advertisement certainly showcases the benefits of 3D television, while using colour, tone and artistic visuals to highlight the full potential of the associated technology. The attention to detail on the advert and the treatment of shadow and lighting is particularly impressive, and it really challenges viewers to understand the immersive nature of three-dimensional technology.

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                                  17. Maximidia Seminars: Vintage Twitter

                                  The subtle use of contrast is a renowned print marketing technique, especially when it creates juxtaposition between the old and the new. The Maximidia Seminars print campaign provides a relevant case in point, as it used a series of plays on Facebook, Skype and YouTube to highlight the obsessional nature of social media and the rapid pace of change within the technology sector. Educational and quirky in equal measure, its Twitter piece is especially memorable and uses an old-fashioned print advert as a backdrop for the technology and Maximidia’s own, colourful branding.

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                                    18. Tooth Avenue Dental Care: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

                                    The best adverts, print or otherwise, change perceptions. Take the recent campaign by the DM9JaymeSyfu agency, for example, which sought to change the typical perception of dentists while encouraging parents and children to visit their local practitioner regularly. Featuring an extremely creative execution, beautifully presented clay models and a clever twist on the concept of the Big Bad Wolf, the advertisement is warm and comforting and successfully challenges the stereotypes and misconceptions that surround dentistry in 2014.

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                                      19. Don’t Drive Sleepy

                                      We have already discussed some powerful and emotive advertisements that aim to create awareness about reckless driving. This print advert deserves to be recognised for its brilliant simplicity and efficiency, however, as it manages to convey a strong message with the use of basic illustrations and excellent photography. The ‘Don’t’ Drive Sleepy’ campaign, which was created by the BBDO agency in Bangkok, underlines the precise impact of driving when lethargic in a graphic and thought-provoking manner.

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                                        20. Sanzer: What you really touch?

                                        In the wake of recent viral outbreaks throughout the world, people are increasingly aware of the need for sanitisation. This advertisement certainly makes the point graphically, by using outstanding Photoshop techniques to present dirty fingers emerging from a public payphone keypad. Boasting shocking visuals and the thought-provoking tagline ‘What you really touch’, Sanzer’s advertisement certainly delivers a powerful message and encourages viewers to wash their hands regularly.

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                                          High Budget Audio-Visual Advertisements

                                          21. The Need for Speed: The Ford Mustang

                                          The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic and historical vehicles in the history of automobiles, having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. It commemorated this landmark in style thanks primarily to a video adaption of the popular video game ‘Need for Speed’ that featured Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. This adaptation was essentially a large-scale advertisement for the brand-new Shelby GT500 Mustang, and the collaboration between Ford and DreamWorks certainly produced an engaging spectacle that created significant awareness about the release of the vehicle.

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                                            22. CaesarCasino.com: The Snooker Shootout

                                            Playing blackjack online in NJ has emerged as a highly lucrative business, driven by innovative promotions and high advertising spends. Sometimes the best campaigns in this sector are led by creating an immersive experience rather than the publication of on- and offline materials, and the New Jersey-based CaesarsCasino.com Snooker Shootout event underlined this perfectly. By hosting a high-octane event that transcended the online gambling industry, Caesars were able to promote their brand and newly-launched online platform while also challenging existing perceptions surrounding the sector.

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                                              23. Australian Post: If You Want to Touch Someone, Send Them a Letter

                                              If we have learned one thing from this list so far, it is clear that the best advertisements evoke some form of emotion from viewers. Whether this takes the form of shock, joy, or sadness, the key is to engage individuals and immerse them in a brand or social cause. This was certainly the primary goal of Australian Post’s recent brand awareness campaign, which sought to challenge the impact of technological advancements and reinforce the emotive nature of sending a loved one a letter. The imagery certainly captures the unique nature of the written word, while creating a sense of warmth and happiness among viewers.

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                                                24. Beck’s: Art in Progress

                                                Leading beer brand Beck’s operate in what is arguably the single most competitive market imaginable, and it has therefore take drastic artistic measures to emerge from the crowd. In partnering with British based design studio Vault49, Beck’s has commissioned a flowing, production line inspired visual that explores the various elements that create the beverage in a conceptual manner. This artistic advert demands further attention, and helped to distinguish the brand from a swathe of similar competitors.

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                                                  25. AXE: Unleash the Chaos

                                                  The deodorant brand AXE has earned a great deal of attention in recent times, thanks primarily due to its innovative print and television campaign aimed at launching a brand new fragrance. Entitled ‘Unleash the Chaos’ it promotes the new Anarchy products for him and her, relying on simple but stunning graphics in its print materials and spectacular cinematography for its television advert. The agency BBH have developed a reputation from creating innovative campaigns around simple themes, and this is certainly one of the most visually impactful.

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                                                    26. Nike Fuelband

                                                    If there is one brand that epitomizes innovation in advertising, it is sportswear brand Nike. It is particularly adept at storytelling, and more specifically evolving an already global brand with new products and advertising campaigns. The launch of Nike Fuelband offers a relevant case in point, as it created a seamless fusion of product and marketing while also adding a new chapter to its narrative. Not only is this advertising campaign visually engaging in the extreme, but it is also a premier example of creative and holistic marketing at its finest.

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                                                      27. Harvey Nichols: Sorry, I Spent It on Myself

                                                      At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have a more simplistic and cleaner campaign aimed at the launch of a brand new range. This humorous and iconic advertising campaign, entitled ‘Sorry, I Spent it on Myself’, reveals a range of affordable products that enabled consumers to save their money and spend it on indulging themselves. While these products were only designed for novelty value, these adverts also underlined the importance of rewarding yourself for all of your hard work throughout the tyear.

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                                                        28. A Piece of Freedom

                                                        This haunting advertising campaign manages to be both shocking and emotive while also remaining within the boundaries of good taste. Thanks to collaboration between PHD Bikes Harley Davidson and advertising agency Y & R in Prague managed to achieve this feat, however, by creating a campaign that tapped into a unique aspect of Czech history during the Second World War. More specifically, it narrated the story that Czech riders would dismantle their bikes during the Nazi occupation to prevent them from using parts to power Hitler’s war machine. These hidden components became symbols of hope and freedom, and this is encapsulated perfectly by the visuals and copy used in the advert.

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                                                          29. Leave your Morning Mood Behind

                                                          We are all prone to morning moods, and fast food giants McDonald’s embodied this perfectly when marketing its new range of breakfast products. Entitled ‘Leave your Morning Mood Behind’, this DDB Tribal campaign ran in Austria and relied primarily on unique visual effects to share the brands message. By translating a range of moods into imagery, the campaign reached a wider number of consumers and communicated with them on an individual basis.

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                                                            30. Signs Are There for a Reason

                                                            It seems fitting to finish on an advertisement that combines the very finest in creative thinking, visual effects and emotive imagery. The ‘Signs are there for a Reason’ campaign is therefore a suitable departure point, as it uses real victims of motoring accidents and depicts them stood in a street holding the precise. Not only is this imagery sparse and brooding, but this collaboration between the Shanghai General Motors Company and the Lowe advertising agency draws a tangible parallel between the acts of reckless drivers and the individuals who they injure.

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                                                              What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                                                              What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

                                                              Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

                                                              You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

                                                              This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

                                                              What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

                                                              According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

                                                              Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

                                                              There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

                                                              How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

                                                              When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

                                                              Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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                                                              1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

                                                              One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

                                                              The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

                                                              Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

                                                              2. Be Honest

                                                              A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

                                                              If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

                                                              On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

                                                              Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

                                                              3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

                                                              Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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                                                              If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

                                                              4. Succeed at Something

                                                              When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

                                                              Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

                                                              5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

                                                              Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

                                                              Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

                                                              If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

                                                              If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

                                                              Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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                                                              6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

                                                              Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

                                                              You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

                                                              On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

                                                              You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

                                                              7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

                                                              Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

                                                              Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

                                                              Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

                                                              When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

                                                              Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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                                                              In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

                                                              Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

                                                              It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

                                                              The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

                                                              Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

                                                              Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

                                                              Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
                                                              [2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
                                                              [3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
                                                              [4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
                                                              [5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
                                                              [6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
                                                              [7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
                                                              [8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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