HOW TO BECOME A CONFIDENT CREATIVE WORKSHOP LEADER (EVEN IF YOU'RE AN INTROVERT LIKE ME)
How many times have you heard yourself say, if I was more confident, less of an introvert, more experienced..blah blah blah then I would…
How many times have you heard yourself say, if I was more confident, less of an introvert, more experienced..blah blah blah then I would be leading creative workshops and a more successful creative entrepreneur?
As a pretty introverted and timid kid, growing up I believed that confidence Was something people were born with. Now I know that its not something we just have, its something we create. Here I am sharing my three tips for portraying confidence as a creative workshop leader.
Confidence is a mindset, a feeling of certainty and self trust.
Confidence is the trust in yourself that you will be able to handle a particular situation, even if its not going quite right, its knowing that you’re not perfect, that you haven’t got it all figured out yet, its acknowledging and embracing your flaws and a commitment to learning and self development.
WHY CONFIDENCE MATTERS
As a creative entrepreneur and a leader of workshops you are putting yourself in a position where (perceived) confidence is key. How can you build a tribe and have people follow you as a leader if you are unsure of yourself? How can you expect people to learn from you if you are not confident in your ability to teach them?
A lack of confidence can seriously impact your ability to grow your business to where you want it to be. Low confidence that developed early on in life can lead to limiting and self sabotaging beliefs that only serve to reinforce the idea that you do not have what it takes to succeed.
I used to be the ‘quiet little mouse’, who didn’t speak up for myself, and my ideas,I was the one who took up as little space as possible in the room, people called me shy...and this stuck with me as an adult, but I didn’t feel shy, I had big ideas going on inside my head, I wanted to impact the world with creativity, but how could a quiet little mouse do that?
That’s when I realised that there was a disconnect between what I thought and felt and what others saw of me. Could I fake confidence? Could I fake it until I felt it?
I believe that I have. I still feel nervous talking to new people, I still question my ability from time to time, but the students in my workshops have never picked up on that. They see me in control of the room, clearly leading them through the activities, enjoying answering the questions and thriving in that environment. To them I am a confident creative workshop leader.
3 WAYS TO PORTRAY CONFIDENCE IN WORKSHOPS
Notice Your Body Language:
This was one of the biggest switches for me. I used to physically shrink into walls, hunch over, trying to hide. Think about confident people, how do they carry themselves? How strong is their eye contact? How do they move around the room?
How does this differ from your body language? How can you feel strong in your body so you can feel strong in your mind too?
Focus on the Outcome:
Where focus goes energy flows, you’ve heard that one before right? If you’re stuck focusing on forgetting what you’re going to say in your workshop, you’re going to forget what you’re going to say. Change your focus to change your state, instead focus on how amazing you’re going to feel at the end of your successful workshop when everyone is saying what a brilliant time they had.
Visualisation is a powerful tool, use it.
Challenge your core beliefs:
Our biggest fears and the way we view and understand the world are rooted in our core beliefs, most of us aren’t really aware of our own core beliefs, because they develop slowly over our younger years and we just accept that that’s who we are and what we believe.
But if these core beliefs are not serving you any longer, challenge them, change them. What does confidence mean to you? Where does confidence come from? Are you current beliefs around this actually true? Are they supporting you and your bigger goals right now?
I hope you find some of these confidence tips useful and can implement them in your next workshop, remember it’s a long game and not an overnight change so be patient with yourself. Building confidence and ridding yourself of self doubt is really going to set you on the path to success.