Author(s): Gill Hasson
The Confidence Pocketbook is your take-everywhere guide to confidence and self-esteem. Packed with over 100 simple tips, techniques, ideas and suggestions, this book is your ultimate companion for facing life head-on — even during the most awkward or nerve-wracking moments. Whether you flounder in social situations, second-guess your every decision or doubt your own abilities, author Gill Hasson can help you live your life with confidence. Each page in this book presents a specific scenario in which confidence is key, and shows you the little ways in which you can act — and feel — more confident every day. Keep this guide with you as a constant reminder to believe in yourself; dip in for a quick bit of advice in tricky situations, or read and re-read the pages that hit closest to home. By making tiny yet impactful changes to your outlook, your habits and your attitude, you'll develop the confidence to cope with challenges and the optimism to say everything will turn out fine.
Public speaking, job interviews, first dates, big projects, new opportunities — confidence is key to them all. This book shows you how to develop the confidence you need to succeed in all areas of life and feel good about yourself every single day.
Low self-esteem can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, so don't let it fester. If you can't see how capable you are, how can anyone else? Don't miss out on life — put the Confidence Pocketbook to work for you, and start taking on the world.
Introduction 1 Part 1: The Foundation Stones of Confidence 3 Understanding confidence 4 Understanding self-esteem 6 Avoiding the comparison trap 8 Being with positive people 10 Doing things you enjoy 12 Having goals to aim for 14 Having realistic expectations 16 Taking steps to build confidence 18 Having the courage to be confident 20 Knowing your values 22 Identifying and acknowledging your strengths 24 Managing failings and foibles 26 Thinking positively and having hope 28 Speaking with confidence 30 Having confident body language 32 Part 2: Personal Confidence 35 Stepping out of your comfort zone 36 Letting go and moving on 38 Taking risks 40 Tuning in to your intuition 42 Having a confident body image 44 Changing your job or career 46 Calming confidence 48 Making confident decisions 50 Changing your mind 52 Returning to learn 54 Making mistakes 56 Coping with change 58 Coping with setbacks to your confidence 60 Travelling with confidence 62 Returning to work 64 Part 3: Social Confidence 67 Making small talk 68 Giving and taking compliments 70 Networking with confidence 72 Speaking up 74 Speaking out 76 Asking for what you want 78 Saying no 80 Letting someone down 82 Dealing with criticism 84 Giving constructive criticism 86 Preparing for a job interview 88 Speaking in public 90 Helping other people 92 Asking for help 94 Dealing with bullies 96 Getting respect 98 Making new friends 100 About the Author 102 More Quotes 103 Useful Websites 109