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Building Self-esteem and Confidence


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Graduate Skills Academy 2011 - Building Self-esteem and Confidence

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Building Self-esteem and Confidence

  1. 1. Building Self-esteem and Confidence Jayne Bakewell
  2. 2. Objectives <ul><li>To consider the factors which contribute to self esteem and confidence </li></ul><ul><li>To enhance awareness of personal strengths and build confidence </li></ul><ul><li>To practise presenting a positive image </li></ul>
  3. 3. Self –confidence exercise <ul><li>Individually, fill in the sheet giving examples of 2 situations in which you feel confident and 2 situations in which you would like to feel more self-confident. </li></ul><ul><li>Working in pairs, reveal one of each to each other. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Chain Reaction <ul><li>High self esteem  self confidence  </li></ul><ul><li>personal effectiveness  employability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Self esteem/inner confidence <ul><li>Self love </li></ul><ul><li>- be your own cheerleader </li></ul><ul><li>- reverse negative thoughts e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am weak”  ”I can be strong if I try” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am powerless”  “ I can take control” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt </li></ul>
  6. 6. Self esteem/inner confidence <ul><li>Self awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Clear goals </li></ul><ul><li>Positive thinking </li></ul>
  7. 7. Outer Confidence <ul><li>Effective communication </li></ul><ul><li>Assertiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Positive (and realistic) self presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Sound emotional control </li></ul>
  8. 8. Practical tips for building self confidence <ul><li>Learn to take compliments graciously </li></ul><ul><li>Give up “toxic worrying” } </li></ul><ul><li>} SUMO </li></ul><ul><li>Let any guilt go } </li></ul><ul><li>Never go to “if only……..” land </li></ul>
  9. 9. Practical tips for building self confidence <ul><li>Always ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Find a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Set your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Do something outside your comfort zone </li></ul>
  10. 10. Practical tips for building self confidence <ul><li>Convince yourself that it’s OK to make mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Take responsibility for your own successes and failures </li></ul><ul><li>Be determined </li></ul>
  11. 11. Practical tips for building self confidence <ul><li>Be self-reflective </li></ul><ul><li>Be relaxed </li></ul>
  12. 12. Confidence in skills <ul><li>Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is important </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing your skills is also important </li></ul>
  13. 13. Skills rating exercise <ul><li>Individually, rate yourself on each skill listed in the sheet </li></ul><ul><li>Working in pairs(3s) choose one skill area that you have identified as a high rating </li></ul><ul><li>Working with your partner “BOAST” about your high-rated skill to your partner, giving an example to evidence the skill. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Skill rating exercise <ul><li>Whole group – present this skill to the whole group </li></ul>
  15. 15. Presenting a positive image <ul><li>Dress – appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Body language </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuality </li></ul>
  16. 16. First impressions are created by: <ul><li>What people see 55% </li></ul><ul><li>What people hear 38% </li></ul><ul><li>The words they use 7% </li></ul>
  17. 17. Summary <ul><li>We can build our self confidence by making sure we: </li></ul><ul><li>- know and value our strengths </li></ul><ul><li>- are “comfortable in our own skins” </li></ul><ul><li>- know where we’re going </li></ul><ul><li>- recognise failure as a learning opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>- practise using positive language </li></ul>
  18. 18. Summary <ul><li>Positive language is important in all professional situations – writing applications, presenting in meetings, being interviewed for a job, pitching for business. </li></ul><ul><li>Using dynamic and positive vocabulary contributes to the image of a confident, competent and professional individual </li></ul>