Shy kids are not comfortable speaking up
They are often silent, underestimated, or overlooked.
They shy away from speaking up in class and contributing to groups. They find it hard to butt in, to big themselves up, to share their ideas, to say yes to opportunities; to get involved.
Their insights, ideas and solutions stay hidden.
When shy kids are silent everyone misses out.
We need to stop…
- Thinking shy kids are unfriendly or aloof
- Assuming shy kids have nothing to say or contribute
- Suggesting shy kids “stop being so shy”
- Forcing shy kids into situations that cause them anxiety
- Expecting shy kids to contribute in a noisy class when people have to fight to be heard
- Giving opportunities only to those who shout the loudest
- Ignoring kids who don’t blow their own trumpet
- Trying to change shy kids into something they are not, rather than appreciating what they are…
Shy kids have super powers
Shy kids are not broken. They don’t need fixing. Or to change who they are.
They are more considered. Quiet observers. Deeper thinkers. Good listeners.
This leads to observations, insights, ideas, different perspectives and solutions.
But, shy kids are quiet and they often find it hard to speak up.
The may find it hard to disagree, to stand up and share their ideas, to voice their opinions.
In a culture where the loudest voices are dominant, quieter kids are not able to voice their opinions.
They are often silenced. And their brilliant ideas and thoughts are lost.
Unless shy kids feel safe and supported, they will continue to hide.
And their silent potential will stay silenced.
Helping shy people to shine
I’m Nadia Finer, founder of Shy and Mighty. I’m a mindset coach, published author, podcaster and inspiring speaker – specialising in shyness. People call me the Shycologist.
I’m on a softly-spoken mission to help shy people overcome their fears and insecurities so that they can be braver and go bigger, without changing who they really are.
I know what it’s like to struggle with shyness. You see, all my life I’ve had a little voice. Really little. The kind of voice that makes random people tell me that I should be a cartoon voice-over actress. A voice so little that when strangers ring my house phone, they ask me to put my mum on the phone. It’s no wonder I’m often shy and self conscious!
I have spent the last 13 years helping people become braver and more confident so that they can achieve more in their work and life.
I’m the author of More to Life Than Shoes and Little Me Big Business. I’ve travelled the world, speaking at international conferences, and have appeared in the Guardian, Radio 4, Entrepreneur.com, The Telegraph, The Independent, HR Magazine and on BBC Radio London.
Helping young people understand and work with their shyness.
Our aim is to help young people step out of the shadows, and achieve their full potential, without changing who they really are.
Nadia shares strategies that students can implement right away so that they can start taking control of their shyness.
This one off session will also help raise awareness of shyness amongst children who do not consider themselves to be shy.
Helping young people understand and work with their shyness so that they can find their voice and achieve their full potential, without changing who they really are.
Students meet up weekly with Nadia, in a small group of 6-8 students, to discuss the challenges they are facing and work on becoming more mighty, little by little.
Each week students are set a new Mighty Mission – activities designed to build bravery muscles and help students find their voice.
Sessions are facilitated by Nadia Finer, a qualified coach and shyness expert.
Coaching programs run termly or for a full academic year, with 45 min sessions each week, during term time. Maximum of 8 students per group.
One to One Coaching
Some shy students, particularly those who are very shy, may prefer to work with a coach, on a one to one basis.
Students meet up weekly with Nadia, individually, to discuss the challenges they are facing and get the support they need to gradually step out of the shadows. We use a tailored approach, following the Shycology System, and taking into account the context and needs of the individual.
Sessions are facilitated by Nadia Finer, a qualified coach and shyness expert. Each session runs for 45 minutes.
Sessions can be pre-booked and allocated to specific students, plus and a certain number can be offered opened up and offered on a drop in basis.
How can I help my shy child? This online workshop will help parents understand shyness and support their shy children. Our aim is to help young people step out of the shadows, and achieve their full potential, without changing who they really are.
Learn strategies that parents can implement right away to support their shy children. Discover tips and techniques that shy young people can use to take control of their own shyness, making their lives happier now, and for the future.
60 min online webinar – from £300
This workshop will improve your team’s understanding of shyness, and the challenges shy people face. It will provide you all with practical tips and techniques to help you nurture shy students, so that they can step out of the shadows into their full potential.
- Increase awareness and understanding of shyness
- Discover strategies to help you better support your shy students
- Learn tools and techniques to help shy students understand and work with their shyness
60 mins online lunch and learn session: £300
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“Nadia visited our school and gave an emotional, relatable and well-crafted speech that really made us all consider what shyness was. Nadia made the importance of all voices being heard very clear and her message was especially powerful for some of the shy year 7 girls in the audience. She also answered our students’ questions brilliantly and really inspired them – we wish she could speak to all of our shy students and take away their fears!”
“You are such an inspiration. A little voice really can change the world.”
“Nadia Finer is a phenomenal inspiration for young people. I loved hearing her techniques for re-framing your fears and embracing the thing that makes you unique. Her talk was especially moving for those who struggle to find a space for their quiet voice to be heard.”
“We thought Nadia was very good. She met the students where they were and gave a really inspirational talk. The students responded really well to her as did the parents. We were very impressed. Thank you!”
“Thank you for the great session today. As someone who struggles to speak to people, (small groups and large ones) I found your talk really inspiring.”