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Build Your Confidence, Self-Esteem and Resilience: Tools from Positive Psychology

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Eleanor Shakiba
Eleanor Shakiba is an expert in ‘people skills’. She has trained over 49,000 people in the skills of breakthrough communication. She has been teaching at the Centre for Continuing Education for over ten years.

Eleanor 's qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Anthropology, Graduate Certificate in Applied Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, Master Practitioner and Trainer certifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming, accreditation to administer MBTI and DISC psychometric instruments and LEADR training in mediation. She writes and teaches in the areas of applied psychology, communication and conflict resolution.

Do you want to feel at ease with yourself and be confident in your abilities? Would you like to bounce back from challenges or misfortune more quickly? Do you want to be more confident and experience emotional balance? Positive psychology can help you do it. Learn how to build optimistic mindsets, capitalise on your strengths, develop stronger self-esteem and improve your resilience during tough times. Try out a range of activities for powering up confidence levels and adopting resilient mindsets. Change limiting thinking patterns and make your internal dialogue more resourceful. Test the impact of mindfulness techniques on your physical and emotional states.

Aims

Do you want to feel at ease with yourself and be confident in your abilities? Would you like to bounce back from challenges or misfortune more quickly? Do you want to be more confident and experience emotional balance? Positive psychology can help you do it. Learn how to build optimistic mindsets, capitalise on your strengths, develop stronger self-esteem and improve your resilience during tough times. Try out a range of activities for powering up confidence levels and adopting resilient mindsets. Change limiting thinking patterns and make your internal dialogue more resourceful. Test the impact of mindfulness techniques on your physical and emotional states.

Outcomes

What will you learn?

This is an introductory level. It presents a range of robust, evidence-based techniques from positive psychology in an accessible, experiential way. The presenter will introduce you to theory, principles and processes using mini-lectures and video examples. You will also participate in written exercises, group discussions and small group activities. The aim of this approach is to give you practical experience in using positive psychology techniques. You will gain the most from this class if you are prepared to participate, ask questions and learn from you classmates.

You’ll walk away from your classes with practical tools for boosting your confidence and resilience levels. See how to increase your self-belief, boost your well-being and feel more resilient. Hear tips and advice from an expert in applied psychology. Learn to:

  • Be clear about what confidence and resilience are – and how they can improve your life satisfaction
  • Understand positive psychology and how it can be used to increase your confidence and resilience
  • Take a strengths based approach to raising your confidence levels
  • Apply principles of ‘learned optimism’ in your daily life
  • Make your self-talk (internal dialogue) more supportive and positive
  • Use mindfulness techniques to enhance your sense of well-being and get through tough situations with resilience.

What topics will you cover?

This is a non-assessable, introductory level. You’ll be introduced to basic coaching models and tools in an accessible format. This will include group activities and written exercises. Topics you will cover are outlined below.

Content

What is positive psychology?

The practical focus means that you can use what you learn immediately.

Find out what positive psychology is, how it developed and how you can use it to increase confidence and resilience. Hear how positive psychology is different to ‘positive thinking’. Get a quick overview of key principles from positive psychology. These include strengths-focus, purpose and motivation, mindfulness, hopefulness, mood regulation and learned optimism.

What are confidence and resilience?

Confidence and resilience are emotional states. If you want to experience these states more often, you can do it by shifting your focus and attention. In this module, you’ll explore the ways ‘naturally’ confident and resilient people do this. Then you’ll try out positive psychology tools for directing your attention in similar ways. These include purpose interviews, a strengths questionnaire and curiosity and gratitude exercises.

Increasing your self-esteem

Confidence and self-esteem go hand-in-hand. What, exactly, is self-esteem? How does it develop? What can you do to increase it? Examine these questions using a range of tools from cognitive and positive psychology. Hear how your self-concept evolved during key stages of your development. See how children unconsciously take in (or ‘introject’) others' beliefs and attitudes. Identify key beliefs which are impacting on your confidence levels as an adult. Use Socratic questions to examine and challenge any limiting beliefs you hold.

Living with purpose

People with a clear sense of purpose tend to be happier and healthier. Talk through the emotional and physical benefits of finding your core purpose. Use ‘laddering’ questions to explore what really matters to you. Develop a plan for including purposeful activity in your daily life.

Thinking optimistically and resourcefully

Your thinking patterns have a direct impact on your confidence, self-esteem and resilience levels. If you think pessimistically, your mood will drop. So how do you develop appropriate levels of optimism? Use principles of ‘learned optimism’ to do this. Change your ‘explanatory style’ to challenge pessimistic thoughts. Shift your ‘locus of control’ in order to feel more in charge of your own destiny.

Adopting a resilient mindset

Unfortunately, challenges and adversity can be a part of life. Some people seem naturally better equipped to bounce back from challenging or traumatic events. What do they do differently? And how can you do it, too? Find out as we explore the psychology of resilience. Learn to use mindfulness to move through, rather than resist problems. Use solution focused thinking to direct your attention in ways which help you flourish. Reframe your interpretation of situations and events, in order to become more resilient.

Maintaining your equilibrium

Are you a worrier? Do you suffer from stress or feel overwhelmed? Do your emotions sometime seem out of control? It is possible to feel more resourceful. In the final module, you’ll learn how to use mindfulness techniques to do this. Mindful awareness is a way of relating to all experience – whether it is positive or negative – in an open, relaxed way. Try a range of mindful awareness exercises. Discuss the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal.

Who teaches this?

Eleanor Shakiba is a leading NLP trainer, based in Sydney. She has taught over 48,000 people – like you- to use breakthrough thinking and communication tools. She has written over ninety training courses and produced 12 audio programs to help you excel at work. She is accredited to train in NLP by the International NLP Trainers' Association (INLPTA).

Eleanor is also qualified in Social Anthropology, Adult Education, Applied Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Mediation. She writes and teaches in the areas of applied psychology, communication and conflict resolution. Her passion is helping professionals learn skills for success in the real world.

Intended Audience

Suitable for all managers, team leaders, supervisors and individuals wishing to buid their confidence.

Delivery Style

Suitable for all managers, team leaders, supervisors and individuals wishing to buid their confidence. Participants will get the most from this if they are:

  • Willing to contribute to group discussions
  • Confident communicating verbally in English
  • Comfortable participating in role play style activities

You’ll learn through a variety of methods including:

  • Mini lectures
  • Video presentations
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Demonstrations by the trainer
  • Practical group activities
  • Individual planning activities

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Loved the course. I feel more confident, focused and energetic.

$526 Limited inc GST
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