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Confidence and Self Expression

Claire SchraderClaire Schrader
Lecturer at Making Moves Confidence and Self Expression Courses

Claire Schrader is a specialist in confidence and self expression and has developed one of the fastest ways for quiet, reserved and inhibited people to break out of their shell and develop an effortless self-confidence. She started out in life as a shy violet until she discovered the way out through drama, theatre and improvisation and has been...more


Making Moves specialises in building confidence in quiet, reserved and introverted people, enabling them to communicate effectively in their personal and professional lives through a unique process - the Sunflower Effect.

Say goodbye to inhibitions, self consciousness and develop an unshakeable self-confidence and you will discover that it is not just the outgoing, go-getting, socialites that get along in this world.

The Sunflower Effect is based on an adapted form of drama combined with the most effective personal development tools available, enabling participants to break out of their shell and develop a natural self confidence - the fast, fun and easy way.

It doesn't matter how inhibited you think you are. Even extremely shy and self-conscious people have, in time, been able to say goodbye to their reticence, and uncovered the natural self confidence that lies buried within them. The Sunflower Effect is probably one of the most effective ways of overcoming shyness.

It works on the principle that the very thing that poses the deepest challenge for most quiet and reserved people - doing drama, being in the spotlight - is the thing that will liberate you from the internal restrictions that are holding you back. Making Moves courses provide a very safe environment in which you can gradually expand your comfort zone bit by bit, so that you will find yourself easily accomplishing the things that used to be challenging for you. This could be speaking up in front of groups,  socialising with your peers, networking, holding your own with dominant personalities, delivering presentations and reports or advancing your career prospects.

Making Moves was founded in 1997 by confidence specialist Claire Schrader who started out in life as the proverbial wallflower and is living proof that an introvert need not live on the sidelines. Claire has been helping people come out of their shell the fast, fun and easy way  - express themselves with confidence and authority - and achieve powerful breakthroughs in their lives.

You will feel at home in these courses if your learn better in a friendly and supportive group (8-12 participants) rather than an anonymous class. These courses will also suit you if your are interested in personal development or are highly motivated to improve your prospects.

Learn more about the kind of people Making Moves courses has helped, see testimonials from past participants or learn more about Claire's story and how she went from wallflower to award-winning playwright, author,  drama school trainer and to developing the Sunflower Effect.

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Who is it for?

Making Moves Confidence courses are designed for you if you:

  • want to improve your career prospects
  • want to communicate better at work
  • want to feel more comfortable in the spotlight and in making presentations
  • want to be more of a social success
  • want to overcome shyness
  • have lost your creative spark
  • want to get out of negative mindsets
  • want to overcome setbacks to your confidence
  • know you've got some serious emotional blockages to sort out

It is specifically designed for quiet, reserved, shy or introverted people who feel sidelined by the highly competitive world we live in which rewards extraverted skills and personalities.

One of the reasons that many confidence building methods don't work is because their is a complex psychological process that is keeping you locked behind powerful internal walls. The Sunflower Effect enables you to dissolve those internal walls and get right to the root of the issue that is holding you back. At the same time you will be developing the expressive skills that lie buried within you - you won't even know it is happening and for many people this is also great fun.


The Breakthrough Group  - a  really safe environment to break out of your shell, liberate yourself from shyness, reserve and self consciousness, release the emotional blocks that are holding you back and make powerful breakthroughs in your personal and professional life. We recommend this course if you still have shyness on your radar in some form or other or feel inhibited in many situations.

Finding Your Voice Group - if you are wanting to make more of a “noise” in the world, have difficulty being heard or have anxiety when speaking in groups. Unlike most presentation courses which throw you up onto a platform, this course helps you to overcome your fears of speaking in front of groups through a gradual, interactive process that enables you to find your authentic voice and build a natural self-confidence. It will also help you identify your "true voice". This is designed for people who have reached a certain level of confidence but who find being in the spotlight very challenging.

Improvisation for self expression and confidence - a very powerful and effective course for building verbal confidence, releasing inhibitions, over coming limiting mind sets and learning how to be witty and humorous in social situations. We recommend this for people who have reached a certain level confidence but find they feel tongue tied or  "dry up" when under pressure. It is also a good followup from the Breakthrough Group or the Finding Your Voice Group.

The best way to get started is to subscribe to The Self-Confidence Myth, the free ebook  which will provide valuable information and help you on your path to emerging from your shell. This will also help you to get more out of the courses.

 The free e-courses are no longer available.

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How it works?

The reason that Making Moves Courses are so effective at improving confidence levels is because it combines these four elements:

  • safety
  • self-expression
  • fun and laughter
  • the transformation of unconscious blocks


All Making Moves courses provide a very safe space for your to come out of your shell with a group of people you can really trust – who won’t judge you, criticise you, and who are 100% in support of you breaking out of your shell. This helps to counteract the effects of having your confidence undermined in the past.

Claire create an informal, relaxed, non- judgmental atmosphere that will quickly put you at your ease, and free you of the internal pressures that normally inhibit you from expressing yourself.  Too much stretch and you will clam up – as you know only too well.

Claire works with an adapted form of drama, the Sunflower Effect,  because this is the most effective way of achieving this but this is very different from the kind of drama that you might experience at a drama class.  It has been carefully combined with some of the most effective personal development tools that will enable you to make a profound shift in the way you express yourself in your life.


There are few outlets for self expression in our world. And in the course of withdrawing into your shell, you will have repressed many things. As a result you will have shut down many parts of yourself which will have a knock on effect of shutting down aspects of your power – which may show up as a lowered confidence, self esteem issues, depression and feeling stuck. (This will also sap you energy and you as a result may also experience minor and sometimes major health issues.)

Making Moves Courses provide a healthy outlet for this emotion through experiential exercises in which you will have an opportunity to play out powerful characters from mythology enabling you to shift out habitual modes of being and play out the many aspects of yourself. And gradually over time the walls that have kept you locked away will simply melt away.

Fun and laughter are a very important part of the process. You will have an opportunity to discovering the innocence and freedom of being a child at play (even if this sounds very challenging for you) – and this is particularly important if you are someone who gets caught up in the serious things of life or doesn’t even think that you can play.

Play too can shift energy and debilitating emotional states very quickly. One client has described this as “profound play”.  It is light-hearted and yet also deeply meaningful revealing important insights and discoveries.

Getting to the source of unconscious blocks

But the real beauty of this approach is that it works directly with the unconscious patterns deeply buried within you. This is what makes the Sunflower Effect is distinctive and sets it apart from other courses. It is these unconscious patterns that have kept you stuck, locked away in your shell, or unable to change however much you want to.

Making Moves Courses, workshops and sessions work through the language the unconscious operates in, story, the language too of your dreams, enabling you to shift these patterns at a very deep level.

In enacting these carefully chosen stories you will be able to bring about transformation to buried aspects of yourself through engaging with innocent play – without realising what’s actually happening.

It is as powerfully therapeutic and transforming as any therapy without the needing to delve into painful past experiences. And at the same time it is very liberating and great fun.

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Sky TV interview

How to stop shyness from ruining your life

Claire Schrader (director of Making Moves) was interviewed on the Chrissy B Show for a programme, “How to stop shyness from ruining your life” – SKY TV (channel 203).

Claire was interviewed along with two very brave Making Moves participants by Chrissy B and shared their story of their painful battle with shyness. Above is the 12 minute edited version of the programme.

The Chrissy B show is an upbeat, positive show that explores a very wide range to topics around mental health – in the widest meaning of the word – and addresses topics that are rarely aired on TV.

You can see the full broadcast here.


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How to book

To apply or to join one of the courses, please send an email giving me some information about yourself e.g. your interest in the course, why you think it might help you, any previous experience you've had, etc.

Please also leave a phone number, email address and best times to reach you - as entry is through a short interview usually on the phone - to be sure that the course is right for you. Some times people choose to come to an individual session first, if they are not feeling quite ready to join a course.

Contact me through my website

Alternatively you can call us on 0208 838 0329.

You are also advised to sign up for the free ebook, The Self Confidence Myth which will help you on your path to expressing yourself with confidence and authority. The e-book includes powerful exercises and information that have had a significant impact on many people who have done them. This will also help you to get more out of the course if you should choose to participate.

You will also be added to my email list and receive articles about various aspects of self expression - which many people have found very helpful, as well as hear about other events.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Claire Schrader

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How to get started

It can feel like a very big leap to land on these pages and then suddenly start thinking of how you might participate.

Particularly if you’ve been in your shell.

Participating is the one thing you find hard – particularly with people you don’t know.

One of the best way of finding out about whether my courses will work for you is through attending an Introductory Evenings which I run in the lead up to each round of courses which cost £15.

You'll find yourself with a group of people who feel just as apprehensive as you, and at the end of the evening are surprised at discovering how much they enjoyed the evening, and how energised and postive they feel.

For details and booking visit our website.

Here's what one participant said about her experience:

"I was recommended by my friend (who had significant breakthrough as a result of going to Making Moves Courses) to go to the Express Yourself Introductory Evening.  He was so shy and reserved at university and was now super confident with a flashy job and had even moved out of his parents’ home! I had to try whatever was working for him.

During the session I took the plunge and let go of my inhibitions. I never really knew what confidence meant, but doing human sculptures really helped make this notion tangible. I also thought being confident was an outer manifestation like in Pygmalion or in Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts wears the right outfits and fits the bill. Claire helped me to activate my inner self and BE CONFIDENT!! I was King Arthur and Merlin and Queen Boudica and embodying these characters felt amazing. I emerged from the session feeling really great and that had really achieved something.

The next week I was at a job interview with a corporate law firm and I felt so confident – and I was amazed I got my dream job!! I also went on to do some 1-1 sessions with Claire and improvisation workshops to follow up the good work." Zahra Kaya, lawyer


Or you may want to download the free ebook The Self Confidence Myth which will give you a lot more idea of how the courses work and why The Sunflower Effect is so effective at building confidence.

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Student story

An account from a participant that includes her experience of the Performance Course - Performing, the Pathway to Freedom.

Brian Barber - Finding Your Voice, Individual Sessions

Brian is a teacher but because he was an introvert,  he held back from expressing himself in the way that he knew he could and needed to in his job. Therefore he found it hard to communicate with authority, for fear that other woulds dislike him. He was unaware of the natural authority that he already had and as he participated in the course, more of his natural qualities began to emerge.

"Claire is totally supportive. She doesn't help with plain theory only: the place we are in, she's been there before.

Claire won't tell you who you are, how to behave, where to go... Moreover, she's very clear from the beginning about the absence of "miracles" when it comes to overcome a problem.

Along the sessions (group and individual)these questions become more clarified, not because they're learnt or have immovable solutions but because you discover that you have the choice of how "to use" them within yourself.

With particular and simple exercises and some useful tips, she will guide you in order for you to find possible answers to your problems. It's like she's giving you a flashlight and basic tips about how to use it, but it's you at the end of the day the one who must decide where to point the light to.

Personally I think that the use of drama and different roles in these exercises is the best and most efficient way of understanding  how we function in life in conscious and unconsciously.

The advice  you get from her does not end at the end of the course or the session. It's a daily life self discovery that will last for years to come."

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Contact details

For more information about Making Moves Courses and to make contact please follow this link:

Making Contact

Alternatively you can call 0208 838 0329.

You can also visit any course page on my website and send us a confidential message, telling us a little more about your situation and what is drawing you to consider a Making Moves Course. We'll get back to you for a confidential chat where you can ask any questions that you.

You can also speak to Jane, who has participated in most Making Moves Courses on 07584 045539.  She usually answers but please leave a voicemail stating your number clearly and she’ll get back to you as soon as she can.

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