How to Build Self-Confidence

Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Emotions, Work
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration of an American English Lesson Plan: How to Build Self-Confidence.

Lesson Description

Vote of confidence! In this lesson, students will discuss the topic of self-confidence in the workplace. This lesson features a video about advice on how to build and have confidence in yourself. Students will learn and practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of self-confidence

  • To learn and use new vocabulary in practice


Do you have self-confidence? Or are you unsure of your skills, knowledge, and abilities? Watch this video to learn some advice on how to build confidence.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

self-confidence [noun]: an attitude about your skills and abilities
vote of confidence [idiom]: a statement or action that shows continuing support and approval for someone
assertive [adjective]: having or showing a confident and forceful personality
authentic [adjective]: not fake; genuine
flaw [noun]: a weakness or fault
build one’s confidence [idiom]: to increase one’s attitude gradually
capable [adjective]: having the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do or achieve a specified thing
groom [verb]: prepare or train (someone) for a particular purpose or activity
show one’s value [idiom]: to show that you understand the importance of something/someone by not doing anything against it
hold one’s head up [idiom]: to be proud; to not feel ashamed
security blanket [noun]: something that provides someone with a feeling of safety and comfort when they are in a situation that worries them or makes them feel nervous
shot in the arm [idiom]: an encouraging thing; a boost
people pleaser [noun]: someone everyone considers helpful and kind
know one’s own mind [idiom]: to be sure of what one wants, likes, thinks, etc.
self-assured [adjective]: self-confident; sure of oneself
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