Cultivating Confidence


I received this email from a parent this week and simply had to share.

Do you get Tim Elmore‘s emails?  He sent one about building confidence this week that had 5 ways we can cultivate confidence in students. They are all EXACTLY what Brookstone does and why I’m glad my children are there.  🙂

With that, I simply had to look up the email myself and see to what she was referring. And it’s true – Brookstone works each and every day in a variety of ways to develop these skills in our children. I couldn’t have written a better description myself.


Five Ways We Can Cultivate Confidence in Students
There are five fundamentals we can teach students that consistently raise their level of confidence. Let me remind you of these steps below:
1. Equip them in public speaking skills.Communication and public speaking continue to loom as the largest fears Americans have in life. The contrary is true as well. When we build good public speaking skills, we tend to become more confident. Why not enroll them in a course?
2. Enable them to identify personal strengths.My own self-confidence grew, as a middle school and high school student, when I found out I had a talent in art. My confidence rose as I cultivated this gift, eventually designing our school mascot. Teens need milestone accomplishments like this.
3. Teach them social etiquette.The students I know who learn social graces and protocol tend to be more confident and self-assured. From learning manners and courtesy to knowing social codes in public places gives them an advantage they can actually feel.
4. Help them to focus and achieve in one category.One big reason students lack confidence today is they feel overwhelmed. I’ve found if I can help a student narrow their focus, simplify their goals and achieve in one significant area, it tends to increase their confidence levels.
5. Empower them to serve.It’s an irony of life. We become less assured when we are focused on ourselves. We become more self-assured as we learn to focus on serving others. Self-consciousness decreases self-confidence. Finding places to serve actually serves the server.Here’s to taking off the mask and putting on a genuine confident demeanor.


Not surprisingly, we love Tim Elmore. He has been to campus multiple times to teach our parents and work with our students. (You can read about some of the past experiences even on this blog!)

But these are not new things that Brookstone is doing. We have been doing them for decades. In fact, a couple of years ago, our faculty collaborated together to develop what we call the “Portrait of a Graduate” – what we believe the students who graduate from Brookstone look like. The number one adjective our faculty used to describe our graduates was “confident.” The second most popular description of our graduates by our faculty? “Servant leaders.” That’s a combination powerful enough to change the world.

Thank you, Brookstone, for all the ways you pour into our children. For the countless ways you cultivate and reinforce confidence in our children, the opportunities you give them to push themselves out of their comfort zones, to serve, to lead and to achieve. It is the endless numbers of skills you teach them outside of the classroom that maximize what is being taught within them. As parents, we are forever grateful.



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