Confidence Building

Cumbria Future Leaders Your Future.Here Event

Skills Saturday, 13th March 2021
Saturday morning, 11am.

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Let’s be honest, not a time most of us would expect young people to be up. Especially not a time you’d expect teenagers to be signing up for a personal-development session where they were going to learn to develop their confidence.

Think about it – a young person who needs more confidence is going to get up on Saturday morning, voluntarily, to meet some strangers via zoom and learn how to put themselves out there? Really?

Yes they did! We had nearly twenty young people sign up to do just that on the morning of Saturday 13th March where CforLP facilitator Bernie used some of his weird and wonderful techniques to explore our relationship to confidence and what we can each do to support ourselves in becoming braver and more confident in any situation.

Building from the Arthur Ashe quote “a key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation” the group explored how they can increase their preparedness – personal, academic, routines – and make some simple changes which will develop their ability to feel more controlled and organised… and therefore, in many instances, more confident.

Bernie also asked the participants to look at their body language and posture because just as someone might feel and ‘look down’, so the action of looking ‘down’ can often affect our mood in a negative way. Harnessing the force of body language and using the idea of our motion becoming emotion, the members of the group tried out different movements for size and found a great deal of correlation between their feelings of bodily power and their emotional strength.