How To Be Confident
What sometimes distinguishes fulfilled from unfulfilled lives is an ingredient that’s not part of the educational curriculum, and which can sound vague or somewhat silly: confidence.
We spend vast amounts of time acquiring technical skills in narrow professional fields, but so little time practising the one virtue that will make those skills effective in the world. We overlook the primordial need to acquire a more wide-ranging variety of confidence which can serve us across a range of tasks in our professional and personal lives.
Often, we lack confidence because we implicitly regard its possession as a matter of slightly freakish good luck. We believe we are stuck with the confidence levels we were born with, but as this class shows, the opposite is true. Confidence is not a gift from the gods, but a skill that can be learned. It is a skill founded on a set of ideas we have about the world and our natural place within it.
How to Be Confident teaches us:
- How to overcome the impostor syndrome
- How to master shyness about advancing our plans
- How to outgrow the legacy of childhood timidity
- How to remain confident that we can change things through our own agency
We leave the class equipped with a range of confidence-inducing ideas to allow us to escape the shackles of excessive hesitancy and compliance.
'Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.'
– E.E. Cummings
Vashti Whitfield is a speaker, documentary maker, author (Spartacus and me - life, love and everything in between) and mindset and resilience expert. She is recognised for turning her own personal grief and loss into a 2017 award winning feature film documentary Be Here Now which chronicles her late husband and actor Andy Whitfield and his family’s journey with cancer and the battle to overcome fear, loss and letting go. Whilst the majority of her time is spent as a performance coach, creative leadership mentor and international speaker, Vashti also works intimately as an educator, speaker and facilitator in dealing with loss, with grief and the preparation required when facing death.
Rob O'Donnell is a Culture and People professional with extensive Learning and Organisational Development, Culture Change, and Coaching experience. His business, OD3 Consulting, looks to leverage this experience to supply tailored L&OD solutions and coaching to businesses. His passion is developing sustainable high-performing people and teams. Rob is an accredited practitioner of Human Synergistics LSI and Leadership Impact tools. Rob has a passion for coaching, and has completed a Professional Development Certificate in Executive Coaching with Dr. Tony Grant’s Institute of Coaching and Consulting Psychology (ICCP). His facilitation career spans 20 years across diverse industries, including; Internet, Telecommunications, Optical Retail, Audiology, Banking and Finance, and Retail.