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A Must Buy for Shy Folk!
on 28 January 2012
The boys in school used to call me Orville due to my shyness. The teasing was kindly meant and I did see the compliment of being compared to the worlds cutest and most beloved duckling, but shyness has always been something that I struggle with, even now in my 30's. However, I am open to the idea that one can boost one's confidence and that shyness does not have to be a disability so it was with great interest that I bought a copy of Caroline Goyder's The Star Qualities.
The Star Qualities is basically a text book which gives the everyday Jane Doe the very same tools which celebrities use, thereby enabling you to shine like a star in your own life. It includes top tips from high profile celebrities such as Sophia Myles, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker and Ewan McGregor, so its like having a team of mentors to hand who really do know what they are talking about. The author Caroline Goyder is an acting coach, but she has also trained politicians and broadcasters and her advice works in the real world - in her book, she passes on her knowledge and experience, giving readers the tools celebrities use to shine in areas of public speaking, interviews, parties, social events; as well as detailing how your appearance and ambitions can help boost your personal confidence. It really is an invaluable tome to have on hand and I often dip into this book for a quick boost and pep talk. I found the section on Impostor Syndrome very useful as I have experienced this several times in my career and it is nice to have the tools to deal with it. The whole book is easy to relate to and more importantly, to learn from.
While I will never enjoy being the center of attention, my confidence has increased since reading The Star Qualities and its great to have on my bookshelf for instant mentoring whenever I need it. This book will always give you a boost, a pep talk, a tool kit and a plan of action... for whatever your personal ambitions might be, confidence in yourself is always the key. Every shy person should read it.