Managing Your Inner Critic & Building Self-Confidence

Personal and Professional Growth Short Course

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Managing Your Inner Critic & Building Self-Confidence

 ‘Managing Your Inner Critic & Building Self-Confidence’  is an experiential group coaching course. By the end, you will be able to manage your inner critic and be equipped with the tools and strategies required to build confidence and support others in the same boat at the workplace and even in life. 


Most of us struggle with confidence, self-doubt, imposter syndrome or a loud inner critic at some point in our lives.

For some of us, this might even be a familiar and recurring challenge we haven’t yet found sustainable solutions for mitigating.. Being affected by negative self-talk can be tiring, since it is human nature to catastrophise and focus disproportionately on our failures and shortcomings.  

Even the most outwardly successful and self-assured public figures, such as Ryan Reynolds and Michelle Obama, are not immune to self-esteem issues, and have openly talked about working on them.

We are all in this together, and we don’t have to be trapped in this mental cage of self-doubt – there are tried and tested strategies which we can learn and apply to free ourselves. 

Our Managing your Inner Critic & Building Self-Confidence is an experiential group coaching course providing participants with the tools and strategies needed to effectively increase one’s confidence and manage their inner critic.

This course is relevant for anyone struggling with confidence issues in any or all areas of life – be it work or home. Our approach is intuitive and straightforward enough that anyone, even children, can be taught these techniques for managing limiting thoughts.

Because building confidence doesn’t happen overnight and requires revision and repetition, we have incorporated peer coaching and structured exercises both within and between workshops. Our programme also provides a step-by-step approach in a coaching setting, and even experienced coaches can take away a new set of tools for their coaching toolkit.

As this is an experiential programme, participants will work on their own real-life scenarios in a confidential setting, seeking to identify and sustain changes that will serve them in their lives afterwards.

The course includes:  

  • An in-depth exploration and application of the Bailey Balfour model of confidence
  • A step-by-step guide to building confidence


By the end of the course you will

    • The tools to support your growing confidence

    • Developed strategies to overcome negative self-talk and manage your inner critic
    • Learnt the neuroscience behind our struggle to be confident at all times and how to leverage this to increase your own resilience
    • Learnt a wide range of psychological approaches to building confidence
    • A toolkit to help you in your everyday life
    • Be confident to adopt a coaching mindset to support people to become more confident
    • Practised adopting a coaching mindset to support people in their own self-confidence journeys 

    • Be familiar with the ICF Core Competencies – a guide for using a coaching approach to confidence

Who is the Programme for?


Anyone who has ever struggled with confidence – even if only occasionally, can learn our practical approaches, and even go on to support others!


Many, many clients will talk about their own struggles with confidence. This programme will equip you with specific tools you can employ  to support your clients in overcoming limiting self-beliefs and to grow in confidence.

Educators and Teachers
Negative thinking and limiting self-belief can hold students back from being at their best. Learning how to help students create an empowering approach to their own thinking can make a difference to their educational outcomes.
Managers and Leaders

Research increasingly shows that leaders who coach help to reduce stress levels, increase retention, and are more effective overall. Learning to support individuals to manage self-doubt and unlock optimal performance supports their growth and organisational outcomes.

Parents and Care-Givers

Many parents don’t know how to react or respond when their children share their worries and thoughts that limit self-belief. Equipping our children with strategies which they can apply throughout their lives is a wonderful gift.  

Programme Content

This programme is run in 4 x 2-hour workshops. Each workshop focuses on specific topics.

Workshop 1 – An overview of our Confidence model 

    Workshop 3 – Learn approaches to understand the roots of low self-confidence and to manage our inner critic

      Workshop 2 – Applying the latest neuroscience and psychology to manage our minds

        Workshop 4 – Dealing with perfectionism and imposter syndrome. Practising self-compassion and mindfulness. 


          Why Train with Us?

          • We have been developing individuals, leaders and coaches for over 20 years.

          • Our programmes are all designed to run in Zoom and our bite-sized approach to learning enables you to both learn skills and apply them between sessions.
          • We believe in experiential learning. We believe in experiential learning. We teach you theories and models, but most importantly we provide you a safe and supportive learning environment to practice in.

          • We are based in Singapore, and our programmes suit people in the EMEA and Asia Pacific time zones.


          All our programmes are run 100% virtually using Zoom, and we require all participants to be on camera during live workshops. We encourage you to work from a computer and in a quiet setting.



          SGD 780 for 8 hours learning, programme materials in a digital format and access to our online classroom.


          June 2023 Programme

          Workshops run on Wednesdays, 18:00 – 20:00 (UTC+0800) Asia/Singapore time, starting June 28, 2023

          Workshop 1.1 – June 28, 2023
          Workshop 1.2 – July 5, 2023
          Workshop 1.3 – July 12, 2023
          Workshop 1.4 – July 19, 2023

          Our Facilitator

          Jean Balfour

          Jean Balfour

          The course is designed and facilitated by Jean Balfour. She brings to this programme over 30 years of working successfully on her own self-confidence and learning from psychology, neuroscience, psychotherapy and spirituality. Jean Balfour is Managing Director of Bailey Balfour and Programme Director of our ICF Accredited Coach Training Programmes. Jean is passionate about helping people to have good conversations both at work and at home. She believes that coaching is a life skill and that you never regret learning to coach.

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