How To Be Confident

How To Be Confident

The difference between success and failure often hangs on an almost humiliatingly small and elusive concept that standard education never touches: confidence. Confidence is the capacity to trust ourselves, others and the world - despite uncertainty and the presence of challenge.

Importantly, our level of confidence is not impossible to shift, it is a skill that can be developed. We can all become more confident.

This class takes a close look at confidence and asks us to nurture it over time. Drawing on psychology, philosophy, music and anthropology, we learn to identify when and why we lack confidence, and how to overcome moments of paralysis and acute anxiety.

 We ask what the difference is between confidence and arrogance, we find ways of handling the transition to being a more confident person, and reflect on how making ourselves more confident can be an enormous gift to others around us.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


This class has been formally accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Continuing Professional Development accreditation means this course has reached the required standards and benchmarks, and that the learning value of the class has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD standards.


This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here


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A really positive and inspiring evening that definitely turns the self-help genre on its head and shows this isn’t a market aimed at so-say sad singletons, but at absolutely anyone who finds modern life a bit too much sometimes. Which is surely everyone?!

-  Participant

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