Growing confidence when you're feeling socially anxious, shy or not good enough so you can live a happier life, the way you want...
...because no one should feel alone, broken and ashamed,
like we did.
Bringing like-minded people together, we're creating a community of understanding and a safe place for you to learn, grow, make friends and practice your social abilities.
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The best bit is that there’s no pressure to be anyone but yourself. Other people can relate to how hard and stressful it can be. It’s really good; a chilled atmosphere and you can choose to participate when you’re ready.
I went out last night with the girls and felt so confident! I was involving myself in all conversations and didn’t find myself analysing all situations. I felt free from my mind and I really enjoyed the catch up with them all. I noticed I was bringing them in to talk to me because I was acting confident. I also used the technique you showed me and it worked. I actually really felt confident. Thank you you’re really helping me.
I really enjoyed our sessions; I had someone to talk to who was mature and reasonable. Your support enabled me to not feel overwhelmed. I didn’t feel so alone at university or like I had to face all these troubles on my own. I remember you being really warm and kind and how you gave me a hug and it felt like you gave a shit. It was like having an older sister or friend who had gone through similar stuff. It was a huge help to me and I honestly couldn’t have done it without you.
My thoughts and feelings completely changed as I was able to see things in a different perspective that I haven’t been able to do in a while. I now know I am a better person than I see myself and that others see the good in me and do not see the ‘negative’ person I felt before.
Thank you for believing in me and supporting me to do this. I couldn’t do it without having you and QC behind me.
I felt that the group at Speaking Connections put my mind at rest when thinking about speaking out loud. Being around like minded people made me feel less isolated and boosted my confidence.
The biggest thing that I took away with me that evening was that I needed to refocus (what was left of) my energy onto myself again. Using 2 out of the 3 exercises we went over at the workshop, I finally allowed my mind to rest. I was able to maintain and manage a lower level of anxiety and feel more confident in myself. I got some of my fight and motivation back! Woohoo!
I’m so glad I found you. It’s so nice to know that others are going through similar things. What I like most is being able to talk to others who have similar issues, learning how to overcome those using different techniques to control anxiety. It’s been a great way of making new friends with similar stories. You are an inspiration.
You’re very supportive, understanding, full of ideas and knowledge and also very down to earth and easy to get along with. I am now a less anxious and not afraid to go out of my comfort zone. I still use the ‘toolkit’, and swipe away that silly devil off my shoulder when it’s being too noisy!
The workshop was really well delivered and I liked that you both brought personal experiences into the teaching (and also mentioning the anxiety you were currently feeling) – it made it more relatable. I’m currently suffering with a relapse in my confidence and now I know I can start making small changes to help 🙂
You’re amazing. You helped me through so much emotional stuff when I was away from home feeling awful. I still think what you might say to me now when I’m in a crisis.
Great to know I’m not alone! 🙂 I felt relaxed and I really enjoyed sharing my ideas with others and hearing others talking their experiences. I’ll definitely continue using the techniques shared!
"Let go of who you think you're supposed to be... embrace who you are"
We all feel like we’re not good enough at times; like we’re an imposter, we’re not worthy and don’t belong. So often, we keep our feelings hidden because we don’t want to draw attention to where we believe we’re ‘lacking’. We think we’re the only one and others won’t understand.
Some of us will hide ourselves away, afraid of being seen and judged; socially anxious and avoiding all of the good things in life. Keeping quiet and staying small. Others can put on a persona; being seen as confident and outgoing whilst hiding fear and self-doubt. Participating through anxiety until their bodies say ‘stop’.
Everyone in our team has experienced this (click below to learn more about us). We’ve grown our confidence through connecting with others, opening up and feeling understood; gradually putting ourselves out there and stretching our comfort zones; and learning about how we operate, as human beings and individuals, so we can adjust the way we approach our lives, growing in knowledge, awareness and abilities. Now we want to help you grow your confidence through connecting, stretching and growing too. You really are enough.
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