Confidence for Creatives
This toolkit will help you build your confidence in many ways - getting over your fear or aversion to selling yourself - finding and building relationships with customers and clients, understanding how to tell the story that will help them get to know, like and trust you, and finding your authentic voice and deciding exactly where you can use it to really shine through. It'll also help you to be more effective - you'll get better results by doing fewer things to a higher standard.
Confidence is a mercurial quality which ebbs and flows for most of us throughout our lives. We have it one minute, then it's gone, then it returns in a different form. We all need to create our own brand of confidence - we all need to find the places in life where we can truly shine.
This resource is a blend of video, audio, things to read, things to reflect on and things to do. You don't have to start at the beginning and work towards the end. You can dip in and out of the content in any order you choose. Material will be added on regular basis.
OFFER: Use code FIRST100 at checkout to get the toolkit for just £32.40 during the launch period. (40% discount, inclusive of VAT)
Who is it for?
Freelancers. creative people. Self-employed people who work alone. Coaches, therapists or change makers - we all struggle with the same issues. As far as I'm concerned anyone with an idea that they have turned into an income earning proposition is highly creative.
The toolkit will build your confidence in:
- Understanding your values, and how to use them to attract and keep customers.
- Your 'people' skills.
- Selling your stuff - whatever that is.
- Valuing what you do - and pricing your work properly.
- Speaking and writing about the things you make or do.
- Coming across as credible and authentic.
- Talking to customers both on and offline
- Asking for quotes, testimonials and feedback.
- Getting noticed by influential people.
- Getting publicity in newspapers and magazines.
- Building repeat custom rather than one-off sales.
- Asking for help - from the right people - when you need it.
- How to get paid - in full and on time! (this section alone will justify your investment in the course).
You'll also get occasional emails whenever I add any new confidence boosting tips and exercises.
Scroll down the page to see all 36 modules - you can preview some of them free of charge. Read the testimonials from folk that are already using the course.
Grow your confidence and everything gets easier.
“Who doesn’t need to work on their confidence? This is a really practical online course, covering more than 30 topics related to confidence – from selling yourself and speaking about yourself to asking for help and charging properly and getting paid. Loads of really practical tips on how to better prepare yourself, and to make you feel more confident. Easy layout so you can just scroll down to a specific challenge and read the solutions, or watch any of the 6 videos. Pete’s lovely Scottish voice, manner and experience will calm you down straight away!"
Patricia Van Den Akker - The Design Trust
"I have just started the Confidence for Creatives course. It is already proving useful, lots to think about and reflect on, with great tips. Great learning resource and excellent value for money."
Kass Molle - Queen of recycled fabrics - @MolleCollection
Pete has worked with creative freelancers all his life. He was originally trained as a mentor by Arts Council, has taught and mentored on Craft Council's prestigious Hothouse scheme, was Business Editor for Craft and Design magazine for many years, and is well known for his writing, training and 1-1 coaching with creatives, coaches, therapists and changemakers.
He's trained to Postgraduate level in Business & Personal coaching, and has a Professional Certified Coach credential with the International Coaching Federation.
Find out more here
PreviewNEW! Hello, Welcome & News
PreviewVideo: Confidence - what is it and how can we grow it? (7:50)
PreviewThe Challenge of a Creative Lifestyle
StartCoping with critical voices
PreviewTip for difficult days - How to find confidence in moments of uncertainty
StartVideo: Portfolio Working - how most freelancers survive (7:06)
StartWhat to do when confidence is low
StartYour ambitions - a thought experiment
StartHow to find the places you can really shine
StartSaying Boo! to Geese (confidence building tips)
StartHow to find courage by setting the greater goal
StartBuild your Evidence Wall!
StartVisualisation and Mental Rehearsal
StartDon't try to rush all this - here's why!
StartHow to write/talk about yourself more easily
StartHow to write if you think you can't
StartVideo: Building confidence, trust and loyalty (5:39)
StartWhy your values matter
PreviewHow to get noticed by influential people
StartHow to sell without feeling sleazy
StartStorytelling and Social Capital
StartIt's ALL about relationships, Folks!
StartSetting out your stall - Shows and Events
StartVideo: Thinking about your About Me/Profile pages (4:38)
StartVideo: Why you should make and use (short) Videos. (4:51)
StartHow to get noticed in a noisy world - a thought experiment
An excellent combination of video, audio and exercises designed to help creative people become more confident within themselves and subsequently in their creative life/practice.
Pete has provided a valuable set of tools using tried and tested approaches. Personalise this toolkit, construct your own metaphorical box and carry it with you. Alongside your own abilities and skills use the tools to boost confidence in times of uncertainty – they will support you. Ann Bates - Ceramics