How to teach an old dog

Dog Learning…old tricks

Last night, my husband and I went to the Village Hall to learn to dance. And boy did we have a hoot! It is so fantastic to learn new skills; it leaves you feeling invigorated and ten years younger!

On Saturday a friend came to visit with her little boy. It was wonderful, and just amazing to watch him learning and growing every single day. As a child, that’s inevitable, but as an adult it can be all too easy to sit back and think with a know-it-all attitude. Not for me! I feel like I’m learning new things every day (though admittedly they’re not all as challenging as the Quick Step!). We were talking about confidence, and my friend said that she believed you’re either born with or without it. Of course, I disagree.

Confidence isn’t in your genes; it’s a mindset and a skill. If you grow up with a great role model, you may learn the art of confidence earlier. However if you don’t have such a great role model, but instead perhaps one who exhibits aggressive or shy behavior, you may not learn how to be confident. It’s never too late!

A large part of confidence is a wholly learnable skill. Running my Confidence Workshops, I regularly get to watch people growing and learning from me and from each other over the course of just a few hours. It’s incredible what progress can be made in such a short time! Part of the workshop focuses on tips that will allow you to practice confidence every day, so it continues building and growing. If you want to be more confident approaching social situations, then you have to get out there and practice, then reflect on what you did well and how you could improve. After all, practice makes perfect!

When was the last time you invested in yourself and learnt a new skill? It’s never too late! From confidence… to dancing… choose something you want to improve in your life and make it happen.

‘Thank you Lindsey for an absolutely fantastic day at your Confidence workshop.   I was amazed at how much you managed to pack into one day and how much I learned from the mix of information, strategies, discussion and of course the exercises, which were thought provoking and such fun.  I had already taken steps towards improving my confidence – after just one coaching session with you, where you helped me to identify how to break down the barriers and obstacles preventing me from achieving my goals.  The workshop has further boosted my confidence levels and I will practice the techniques and strategies to continue the journey to my new confident self.’ JR Spalding

Lindsey Reed is an experienced NLP coach and trainer – getting the brilliant you to shine through. To see how you can improve your personal and working life contact Lindsey either by emailing her on or call 01832 280168 for a chat to see if she is the right coach for you.

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