Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident

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Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident

Happy High Status: How to Be Effortlessly Confident

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This is, in fact, the fastest route to being annoying. If you take the focus away from yourself and put it onto others, this has two useful consequences.

You might choose to confide difficulties to a colleague. Photograph: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images 3. Be honest about your negativity She had a tip about using written notes or prompt cards. If you’re going to have anything written – or printed – on a piece of paper in front of you, then only use the top third of the paper.


If you have to speak in front of others, you could choose, for example, to be clear, concise and succinct. If you have to approach someone who intimidates you, you could be decisive, steadfast or (not for the faint of heart) optimistic. Ask if this is ‘internal’ or ‘external’ for you This class is for anyone who wants to improve their confidence, presence and public speaking, whether in formal contexts, such as a job interview or work presentation, or simply whilst talking to friends or speaking on screen during a Zoom call. This course is for … Drawing on research, practical tips and lessons from the worlds of comedy, film, television, politics and sport, Viv Groskop offers a masterclass in how you can access this new form of confidence at any time. All, crucially, with no risk of anyone thinking that you are your own biggest fan.

And in case you missed the picture of Margaret Atwood giving her blessing to the first manuscript copy of Happy High Status, here it is. If you are having a wobble in a meeting or in a stressful situation, recover focus and composure by actively pushing your feet into the floor. Imagine your brain or your mind dropping like a stone into the centre of your body. Imagine that you are breathing through the soles of your feet. If you really are hating your day-to-day, be clear with yourself about it, says Sarah Taylor, mental fitness and leadership coach at Magnify, which supports founders and startups. “The evidence from neuroscience reveals that the act of labelling an emotion plays a significant role in reducing its emotional punch. Just saying, ‘I feel dread’ will reduce the activation of the amygdala, the fear-centre of the brain.” Once you have named what you feel, you can make a plan, whether it’s confiding in a trusted former colleague, getting professional help or taking a holiday. (See also 10 below.) 4. Hoard evidence of your greatness Confidence gets a bad rap. We struggle to define what it really is. We envy it in others and want it for ourselves. And yet also we despise people – and even ridicule them – when they have “too much” of it. Not that we can agree on how much confidence is too much. One person’s version of smooth self-assurance can come across to someone else as the worst kind of smug. It’s something we’ve all heard contradictory messages about since we were children.How do you achieve and stay authentic? Viv talks to Angela Cretu, CEO of Avon, one of the biggest beauty brands in the world. This course has now passed, but you can be the first to know about the next one - and other workshops like this - by signing up to our newsletter here. This week I am really excited to finally unveil my new book…. HAPPY HIGH STATUS: HOW TO BE EFFORTLESSLY CONFIDENT! This book is coming out on June 29.

Don’t we all wish there were more of those around? We can all start by being one ourselves. May Oprah bless all our efforts. If you want to see me ahead of Happy HIgh Status, here are some events I have coming up: Hosting Killing Eve author Luke Jennings in Wanstead on Thursday 27 April. French Author Night at Beyond Words Festival, Institut Français, London, Tuesday 16 May. And I’ve just found out that I’m hosting Margaret Atwood at the Hay Festival on Thursday 1 June and Jojo Moyes on Friday 2 June . Come and say hi.It sounds counterintuitive but the biggest pitfall with confidence is thinking that it’s about presenting the best version of yourself and letting everyone see how amazing you are. We aim to make all Guardian Masterclasses fully accessible. If you require any adjustments to enable your participation in this course, please get in touch with us at [email protected]. Everyone wants to be able to face challenging situations without feeling daunted, intimidated or stressed. But no-one wants to be labelled over-confident, arrogant or smarmy, or to get caught up in their own hype. So how can you feel authentically confident - without the cringe, and without pretending to be something you're not?

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