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How do I get started to build my confidence?

The Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses are proven to be by far the fastest, most effective and definitely the most fun ways of building confidence.

However, if you’ve just landed on this website, you may feel just a little daunted about participating! Since participating is the one thing you find hard. Particularly when you discover it’s based on an adapted form of drama.

I understand how you feel. But, it was doing drama that made all the difference to my confidence levels and enabled me to make such rapid progress.

The courses are designed for quiet, shy and introverted people who would rather avoid doing anything involving drama. It is facing these challenges in a safe space with other people who are in the same boat as you, that is going to enable you to make a fundamental shift in how you express yourself.

Watch this video in which I offer some guidance on where you might start.

And then check out some of the information that you will find below.

Book a free telephone consultation

Everyone is individual and has slightly different needs, by setting up a 15-minute consultation with me, I can too get to know you, what you’re struggling with and which course is going to suit you best.

Our conversation will be completely confidential and will not be revealed to a third party for any reason.

Join a Taster Event

Intro Evening

I regularly run Introductory Evenings so you can get a taste of what to expect.

These evenings provide a very safe place for you to gently stretch out of your comfort zone with people who feel in the same boat as you.

I usually run 2 evenings in the run-up to the start of each round of courses. In January, April, May July, September  and December.

“The taster session yesterday was great! I came in feeling nervous and left feeling confident.”
Ram, IT professiona

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Express Yourself Workshop

I also run the one day Express Yourself Workshop. More intensive than the introductory evening, this one day workshop is a powerful day of self-expression.

It will provide a safe environment enabling you to shift out of habitual modes of being, release some of the blocks to your confidence and discover how to exude the kind of magic and passion for life that makes you look and feel good.

This workshop runs 3 times a year – usually in March, July and November.

I did the 1 day express yourself workshop and can happily say that it was one of the most fun and liberating experiences that I have ever come across.
Ben Chaplin, Librarian

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Introductory Courses

I offer a wide range of confidence courses which usually take place in London, designed for different needs and different confidence levels.

Most are twelve-week courses and this is where the most significant change can take place through the magical effects of The Sunflower Effect. You will learn too why it’s so different from other confidence building methods.

Some people start with Breakthrough and then progress through the other courses.

Others start with with either Finding Your Voice or “I Don’t Know What to Say” because of specific challenges they are facing, or because they have reached a certain level of confidence.

Breakthrough Course

Lack Confidence because you’re too quiet, shy, self-conscious or experience social anxiety?

The Breakthrough Confidence Course is the course that many people do first and is great for building confidence, breaking out of your shell, and becoming more of the “real” you.

The course is a good first step if shyness, social anxiety or self-consciousness is on your radar or if difficult life experiences have undermined your confidence.

I  had been suffering from social anxiety from a very young age. I had tried CBT, anger management therapy, hypnotherapy, past life regression therapy and went to see many psychologists but nothing really helped me.

The change and progress I made through the  Breakthrough Course was absolutely priceless.  This was the first-ever programme that actually managed to bring about a change in me, unlike every single other therapy programme that I had joined before.
Stefan Baumann, student

You may also find this information helpful to see if Breakthrough is right for you – particularly if you experience shyness, self-consciousness or feel you’re too quiet.

Confidence Course - fast, effective and proven to overcome shyness, social anxiety through the Sunflower Effect. Designed for quiet people

Finding Your Voice Course

Terrified of speaking in front of groups?

Or do you feel seriously challenged when communicating verbally with others, then I would recommend the Finding Your Voice – Speaking with Confidence Course.

This course is more geared towards spoken communication, and many people come join the course because of challenges around giving presentations. It is also great for overcoming verbal blockages and inhibitions or if you feel that you are unheard by others.

It is unique in that it works to dissolve the symptoms that cause so much discomfort when speaking in front of groups or in meetings.

Many people do this course too, as a follow-on after Breakthrough.

Excellent course to increase your confidence and manage nerves in any public speaking situation. When the course finished I didn’t slip back into old habits, I continued to move forward on my journey.  Since the course I have presented to groups of over 20 people, I have chaired meetings and have delivered an hours coaching session to a small group!   I would highly recommend this course 
Ann Williams, Project Manager, Local Government, London

You may find this information helpful when trying to decide  if Finding Your Voice is right for you, if you experience difficulties when speaking in groups.

Unique speaking with confidence course - fast, effective, fun and proven to improve public speaking through drama

"I Don't Know What to Say" for social confidence

Are you often stuck with knowing quite what to say in social situations?

The “I Don’t Know What to Say” Improvisation Course simply the best way I know for becoming more confident verbally.

This group is one of the most effective way of overcoming this issue as well as liberating you in so many other areas – and for most people it is also GREAT FUN.

A special group designed for quieter people to learn the basic tools and techniques of improvisation – that will make an enormous difference to how you communicate in a whole range of situations.

It’s six months since I did the “I don’t know what to say” course and I’m still seeing the benefits. I surprise myself sometimes as to where my confidence comes from in relating to people.
Peregrine Curran, healing practitioner

You may find this information helpful when trying to decide if “I Don’t Know What to Say”  is right for you – if you feel socially awkward.

Beginners Improvisation Course for social confidence

NOTE: Both Finding Your Voice and “I Don’t Know What to Say” are suitable for newcomers and for people who have participated in my other courses and workshops. Many people do all three courses – as they work very well together.

People who participate in a series of courses/workshops over a period of time report significant changes in all aspects of their lives as a result – and truly able to move from Wallflower to Sunflower and achieve the kind of confidence they have dreamed of.

Breakthrough Plus

Are difficult life experiences undermining your confidence and self-esteem? 

Breakthrough Plus is a POWERFUL course that takes place over two weekends that will enable you to TRANSFORM those experiences through the most powerful aspects of The Sunflower Effect

Similar to Breakthrough and yet more intense. Breakthrough Plus goes a whole lot deeper, gets to the heart of the patterns that have kept you stuck in old roles and modes of behaviour.

The process which takes place on the second weekend has been life changing for so many people – in fact one participant said he made more progress in this one hour process than in 30 years of talking therapy.

The results from her courses are life transforming. Sounds gushy but it’s true.
Jane Roberts, writer

If you are new to working with drama, you may want to participate in the Express Yourself Workshop of one of the 12-week courses first.

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How to book

You can easily book onto any of my courses by visiting the course webpage you will be able to:

  • book online
  • set up a free 15 minute consultation with me on the phone
  • ask a question related to the course.

Scroll down to bottom of each course webpage for the course and booking details.

Or check out the calendar and find out when the next batch of courses is being offered.

Not quite ready to join a course?

If you don’t feel quite ready to join one of the courses then coming to an individual session first, can be a very helpful first step.

This is another way of me getting to know you, so I can advise the best course for you.

It can also help to get over any blocks that are getting in the way of you joining one of my courses.

If you’ve been dealing with some particularly difficult issues, a series of individual sessions can be very useful preparation for joining one of the courses.

Sign up for three chapters from my book

Or, many people start by subscribing to the Making Moves newsletter, before booking onto any of my courses.  You will be sent 3  free chapters from my book: From Wallflower to Sunflower (£14.99)

In these chapters you’ll discover:

  • Why you’re not alone, and why more people are identifying themselves as wallflowers
  • The biggest mistake that wallflowers make when they’re trying to build confidence.
  • Discover the magic power to break old habits and create new patterns of confident behaviour you’ve had the whole time – but you didn’t know it.
You’ll also receive regular free resources, tips and support for your journey to greater confidence, as well as information about the Sunflower Effect Confidence Courses.

Subscribe now to receive your free chapters emailed straight to your inbox, and join a community of people like you, who are ready to change their lives.

Many of my clients read these Chapters first before booking onto any of my courses. 

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Need to know more about the Sunflower Effect and the courses before you book

Another very good way of getting started is to buy the book: From Wallflower to Sunflower – the quiet person’s path to natural self-confidence

This is particularly relevant if you are someone that needs to understand more about how something works before you commit to it.

The book tells my story of how I moved from wallflower to confident person in a relatively short amount of time. It is highly practical, grounded in psychology and scientific research and offers a step-by-step guide with proven strategies, practical tips, exercises and free online resources.

I am finding, that participants who have read the book seem to get more out of my courses because they understand more about how the Sunflower Effect works.

When you buy the book, will also be able to download the free bonuses which will support you on your journey through the course and afterwards.

The book has been highly praised and received 5 star reviews on Amazon. You can unsubscribe anytime.

Get in Touch

Need any more help? Write to me here and tell me a little about your situation and what you’re looking for.

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Want to know what’s coming up soon?

My regular courses will return in mid September (with COVID 19 safeguards).

Find out what its like to attend a Sunflower Effect  Course by joining the next  Livestream Introductory Evening on 15th Sept 7.30-9.30.

A great way to get a taste of what to expect before joining one of my courses.

If you’re feeling ready to take the plunge and book for one of my courses – here’s a bit of useful info as to where to get started:

The Breakthrough Group is the first step for many people – particularly if you feel shy, self-conscious or experience social anxiety. I’ve seen some miraculous transformations in my 20 years of running this course.

My next courses next start:
Wed 23rd Sept @ 7.45pm  and Tues 29th Sept   @5.30pm

Or, if speaking up in groups, being heard, or any kind of public speaking is your challenge, then the  Finding Your Voice course is a good place to start. Particularly if anxiety or nerves are an issue. I’ve had people with very severe symptoms including panic attacks, overcome these issues with relative ease.

My next courses start:
Thurs 24th Sept@ 7.45pm  and 1st Oct @5.30pm

For people who can’t get to the London courses, I will be running a daytime course on Zoom. It starts Wednesday, 30th Sept @ 10am

“I don’t know what to say” improvisation for social confidencei s great for people with average confidence who experience some form of social anxiety or awkwardness but find themselves stumped with knowing what to say. Working through improvisation and will transform your verbal confidence and social skills.

Next course starts Tuesday 22nd Sept 7.45-9.45pm

See my Covid 19 Safeguards for all live courses.

You can book online for all my courses and events.

If you’re not sure which course is right for you, book a telephone appointment with me or get in touch by email

I look forward to hearing from you

Best, Claire