Self-confidence has long been the concern of human beings. The association of success with being self-confident dates back to Greek philosophers. In his book Rhetoric, Aristotle lists confidence as one of the keys to being a persuasive orator, which in modern times equals to being an influencer. He describes confidence as the “expectation associated with a mental picture of the nearness of what keeps us safe and the absence or remoteness of what is terrible” and adds that “there are two reasons why human beings face danger calmly: they may have no experience of it, or they may have means to deal with it.” – Aristotle, Rhetoric Book II, Chapter VWhilst this source is clearly old, it is far from being outdated as it identifies two of the core aspects of self-confidence:
- the expectation of a successful outcome: this results from previous experience with the same or with a similar situation, the memory of which is so strong that we can picture success.
- the means to deal with a given situation: these are the skills needed to carry out a task or of face a situation.
What will yo learn in this course?
- An operational definition of self-confidence: There would be no point in pursuing something without knowing exactly what it is and without being able to measure your progress in this respect.
- Little boosts along the way: This course provides you with a number of quotes on self-confidence which can serve as motivators or reminders. Like with any other training, self-confidence needs to be exercised regularly.
- The connection between beliefs and self-confidence: as Aristotle had rightly identified, the expectation that you have of the outcome of an event or situation is associated with a mental picture. To illustrate this point, if you expect to give a poor presentation at work you might associate a picture of your colleagues being bored or disapproving. In this course, you will learn that by changing your beliefs, you will be able to modify the mental picture that goes with them. Healthy beliefs about your abilities and your potential will lead to greater self-confidence and will result in better performance. You will also learn how to assess your abilities more objectively without falling into the trap of overestimating or underestimating yourself.
- The connection between self-confidence and fears: We all have fears, some of which are greater than others. The emphasis in this course is laid upon facing our fears so that we can eventually overcome them, thus building our self-confidence.
- The connection between self-esteem and self-confidence: Since self-esteem is closely related to self-confidence, this course includes 5 exercises to build self-esteem.
- Specific skills: This course covers in detail how to be confident in conversations, negotiations and romance. Whether it’s work or private life, you will be able to rely on a range of useful and practical skills.
- Generic skills: You will be introduced to an array of practical ways in which you can bolster your self-confidence.
- Body language skills for self-confidence: It’s not only what you say and how you say it. Self-confidence is all-encompassing and therefore involves also your facial expressions, your gestures and your posture. You will learn how to convey confidence with these aspects of your demeanour too.
- Emergency kit: What if you find yourself in a situation and are not sure how to deal with it? Not to worry! This course provides some very effective emergency coping strategies.