Confidence

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Confidence

Dakota Bear,
Vancouver, British Columbia

Tips & Tricks

Practise

When doing a presentation for classmates, or even talking about your own life experience, remember you are the expert in this. No one else really knows what you are talking about, they are learning from you.
If you have to do a presentation, practise. Practise in front of a mirror, or for family on video chat, or for roommates. The more you practise, the better you know the information and the more confident you will be.



Ask Questions

At first it might seem scary, but if you are confused or do not understand something, there are most likely a lot of other people who are also confused, even if they pretend they are not. Remember, you are paying to be taught and learn, not just talked at. 

How to Be More Confident

Everyone can work to gain more confidence. Here are a few tips to try:

  • Build a confident mindset. When your inner voice says "I can't," retrain it to say "I can." Or you could also say, "I know I can learn (or do) this if I put my mind to it."
  • Compare yourself kindly. It's natural to compare ourselves with other people. It's a way to understand ourselves and develop the qualities we admire. But if comparisons often leave you feeling bad about yourself, it's a sign to work on your confidence and self-esteem.

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How to Be More Confident

Everyone can work to gain more confidence. Here are a few tips to try:

  • Shake off self-doubt. When we doubt our abilities, we feel inferior, unworthy, or unprepared. That can make us avoid people and situations we might enjoy and grow from.
  • Take a safe risk. Sign up for a school committee, volunteer to help with a project or bake sale, or try out for a team or talent show. Raise your hand in class more often. Talk to that cute kid in your class.

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How to Be More Confident

Everyone can work to gain more confidence. Here are a few tips to try:

  • Challenge yourself to do something that's just beyond your normal comfort zone. Pick something you'd like to do if only you had more confidence. Give yourself a little push and do it. Now that you've done that, pick something else to try — and keep repeating this same process. Confidence grows with every step forward.
  • Know your talents and help them shine. We're taught to work hard to improve our weaknesses. Sometimes that's important, like bringing up a bad grade. But don't let working on a weakness prevent you from getting even better at the things you're good at.

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How to Be More Confident

Everyone can work to gain more confidence. Here are a few tips to try:

  • Do your homework. Study. Do assignments. Prepare for class, tests, and quizzes. Why? If you've been keeping on top of class work all along, you'll feel more confident in tests and finals. The best defense against test anxiety and school stress is to keep up and do the work steadily.
  • Dare to be the real you. Let others see you for who you are — mistakes, insecurities, and all. Insecurities are easier to move past when we don't feel like we have to hide them. Embrace your quirks instead of trying to be like someone else or acting in a way that's not true to you.

    It takes courage and confidence to be real. But the more real we are, the more self-confident we become. Confidence builds self-esteem.

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Tools & Resources

Building Confidence Exercises

Do you believe in yourself? Or do you sometimes fall into thinking that you'll never be good at things? You can build confidence, just like you can build any other positive emotion.
These exercises can be done at any age.

Building Confidence Exercises




Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses to Build Confidence

If you have difficulty maintaining confidence because of things you feel you can't do, it makes sense to improve your skills. Carry out a Personal SWOT Analysis  to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Then draw up an action plan to work on the areas where you're not so strong.
Personal SWOT Analysis Website
Personal SWOT Analysis Worksheet

Toastmasters

Joining a Toastmasters club can help you build self-confidence and self awareness, improve your public speaking skills, build leadership skills and a great way to make new friends. 

Check your school for a club or search for a local club at:

Toastmasters International -Home