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Self-Confidence

Feedback: Two-Way Empowerment

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Why Is Giving Feedback Important?

Giving honest feedback, in a non-judgmental way, is also an important part of learning. In an academic setting, teachers are encouraged to spend as long as possible giving good feedback to their students. That is because:

Feedback can improve a student's confidence, self-awareness and enthusiasm for learning.
Taken from the University of Reading information pages on Feedback

Although this quote is taken from the perspective of the teacher giving feedback to the student, the opposite is at times more valuable. That is because giving feedback:

  • Asks you to take control of your learning
  • Allows you to influence the way you receive information so that it is more relevant to you
  • Forces you to connect with the part of you that "has your best interest at heart", and therefore helps to build confidence.

From our perspective, it allows us to create the best learning environment for you, which is what matters most to us.

Survival Guide - Self-Confidence

Welcome to the resources to the Workshop on self-confidence.

 

Self-confidence is one of the cornerstones of this series of workshops. We will refer to it time and again throughout the series.

Having self-confidence will help you build the skills and tools you need to survive in this "emotive world". As we saw in the YouTube video at the start of the workshop, finding your mask (whether a hairstyle, a scarf, a particular item of clothing ... to name a few) of self-confidence, can be a good starting point.

 

The emphasis of this second workshop, was both to introduce you to what self-confidence is made up of, including body language, and to remind you that you are not expected to make giant leaps in one go. Polly quoted the first verse of The Mountain during the workshop, for that very reason. The important thing is to set goals for yourself and work towards them. If you do not manage one day, ask yourself whether the goal was too high. As yourself "what got in my way?" (as the Life Goal Triangle Worksheet reminds you) as you can often learn more about yourself and what is attainable, by answering this question, than in succeeding with the goal the first time around - it will make the goal, more sustainable in the future.

 

Once again, we return to the theme of the Introductory Workshop. Your capacity to know yourself - to be able to honestly and fairly look at yourself without judgment or criticism - is an essential part of building the courage to move forward.

Workshop Resources and Materials

Useful Links

For this Workshop, we only have one suggested link (on top of those used in the workshop and also mentioned above). It is a link to Mind Tools, a website that provides useful resources for personal growth and development. The page we have selected, takes you through a step-by-step guide to increasing self-confidence.

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