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Free eBook: How to be Confident – 5 Confidence Building Exercises

Written by Heather Buckley – Fri 17 Jan 2014

We've drawn on the experience of our Assertiveness trainers and the content of our life-changing Assertiveness & Confidence Building Course to put together our free Confidence Building Exercises eBook.

Download the eBook for free and begin the journey to a more confident attitude at work and at home.

Confidence Building Exercises

Continue your self-improvement with our 2-day Assertivness Course and start taking action.

Whether it’s at an interview, the first day of a new job, after receiving criticism or when given additional responsibility - sometimes you just need to take a bit of time to address your confidence levels and take ownership of improving them.

In this free Assertiveness eBook you can learn 5 exercises to get an instant boost of confidence and take control of situations.

Even if you don’t want to try all these exercises at once, you can pick and choose depending on the situation. The main thing is that you do take action. Knowing that you’re taking responsibility for improving your confidence will – guess what – start improving it.

Exercises covered in the eBook:

  • Exercise 1: List your strengths
  • Exercise 2: Practice confident body language
  • Exercise 3: Record your achievements
  • Exercise 4: Challenge yourself to compliment others regularly
  • Exercise 5: Practice speaking up

​For more help with self-improvement at work, see the Personal Development category on our blog.

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Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts - Desktop Background & Poster

Written by Heather Buckley – Tue 10 Dec 2013

Photoshop, InDesign & Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

Nothing speeds up your workflow using Adobe products more than learning the keyboard shortcuts for the main tools.

To help you learn the most common keyboard shortcuts off by heart we've created a graphic showing you how to quickly select the right tool.

Adobe Keyboard ShortcutsClick to download as a 1920 x 1080 background

If you're struggling to get to grips with Adobe software then our Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator courses come highly recommended. There's no better way to gain confidence and start working more productively.

You can download our graphic as a desktop background or print it off and stick it on the wall to refer to.

Once you start learning your favourite tool commands you will be surprised how much faster you work.

Download our Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts Background

Download our Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts Poster

Just use one program? Get the individual shortcuts below...

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Train The Trainer: Teaching Quotes

Written by Heather Buckley – Fri 25 Oct 2013

There is an art to being a great trainer or teacher; something our Train the Trainer facilitators know very well!  

If you look at the quotes below by some of the world's most respected scholars you can begin to understand what makes a great teacher or trainer so special. Note the reoccuring themes: 

  • People learn by doing
  • Great teachers can empathise with their audience
  • It's not what you teach but how you teach it
  • You cannot make people learn, you must help them discover
  • Learners should be encouraged to feel emotion (you can make them laugh, surprise them, pull them in with a story)
  • The teacher and learner is a two way relationship; engagement is key

Galileo Galilei

So let's take a look at what some of the greatest ever minds have to say about teaching.

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20 Non-Blogging Quotes That Will Make You a Better Blogger

Written by Heather Buckley – Fri 26 Jul 2013

dog-bloggingThe famous and fabled are always reeling off catchy one-liners.

Some of them mean nothing, some are just funny and some are life-altering.

Most of these quotes were concocted prior to the existence of the internet, let alone blogging, but in many ways they’re appropriate as guidelines for online writers in the modern age.

None are steadfast rules but all contain something insightful.

Of course, to become a great blogger, you should come on our Blogging and Content Marketing Training which is ideal for both businesses and individuals.

So without further ado, here are 20 famous (or almost-famous) quotes that have nothing to do with blogging but which every blogger should remember.

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Is Adobe Creative Cloud Worth it?

Written by Heather Buckley – Wed 19 Jun 2013

Why I Think You Should Stop Moaning About Creative Cloud

Adobe's move away from the traditional licencing model of its Creative Suite software towards the subscription-based Creative Cloud has caused a veritable outcry from users the world over.

Claims that it's more expensive, that it's exploitative and that Adobe are trying to lock their customers into The Matrix of design software can be heard echoing round the empty and not so empty corridors of the internet.

The thing is, if you're one of those people who have spent the last month griping about how unfair it all is, I reckon it's probably time to stop.


Here at Silicon Beach, we've been using Creative Cloud, both personally and on our Adobe Courses for a while now and we're yet to explode in a ball of flames. Okay, so that's not exactly its best selling point, but from the way some people are talking about it, you'd think that's what was going to happen.

To be fair, there are plenty of decent arguments on both sides as to whether the move is a good or bad thing, but my point is, even if you think it's the worst thing since Rebecca Black, moaning about it isn't going to help in any way.

Here's why.

Creative Cloud isn't More Expensive

I'll add a caveat to that point - yes, it can be more expensive, but for the average user it won't be. Check out this chart from CNET who delved right into the nitty-gritty details of pricing -


Now the only existing plan that is cheaper in real terms (i.e. with one upgrade in the cycle) is the CS6 Design Standard package, and although Creative Cloud may be $152 more over the course 3 years, with it you get Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash Pro, Edge Animate, Dreamweaver, Audition, Muse, and certain extra online services that you'd otherwise not receive with Design Standard, to go along with your classics like PhotoshopInDesign and Illustrator.

Now, if you currently work with CS3 or CS4 and planned to upgrade to the now non-existent CS7, it won't be cheaper, no. But then realistically, if you haven't upgraded for three iterations then you're not exactly Adobe's target market. You may think you're a loyal customer, but in a business sense, you're just a dead weight.

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