Blog


Finding Hope & Learning Ubuntu in Rwanda

Posted by on 8:30 am in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

Finding Hope & Learning Ubuntu in Rwanda

Last month, I visited a refugee camp in Rwanda, a place I never imagined I would go. It’s called Gihembe. Rwanda is in East Africa. Geographically, it is smaller than the state of Maryland, but has 12-million people. It is notorious for its devastating Genocide in 1994, where one million people were killed in 100-days. After the killings, those who committed acts of genocide invaded the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, sending thousands of native Congolese fleeing across the boarder to Rwanda. And, 20 years later, with the DR Congo...

read more

How to Exit a Conversation on KATU’s Afternoon Live

Posted by on 8:50 am in In the News | 0 comments

How to Exit a Conversation on KATU’s Afternoon Live

Have you ever found yourself in a conversation that was difficult to get out of? Whether you feel trapped or feel like the conversation is dying down, you still don’t want to be impolite.   The Confidence Project‘s own Tracy Hooper recently visited KATU’s Afternoon Live, a television program about improving your overall lifestyle, to share some of her expert tips on how to gracefully exit any conversation you feel stuck in. Watch the KATU video to learn how to practice conversation exit strategies.   Some of the...

read more

Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders in Rwanda

Posted by on 9:05 am in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders in Rwanda

Greetings from Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. It is hot, humid, and spectacularly beautiful. I am fortunate to be on a Women’s Leadership Trip, presenting the Confidence Project to the next generation of African change-makers. This leadership trip was coordinated by These Numbers Have Faces staff. I’ve had a chance to work with this group previously and learn about the extraordinary work they are doing to empower young, talented students in Africa. Along with five other women with various life and work experiences and one high...

read more

Tracy Hooper Featured in Huffington Post

Posted by on 10:46 am in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

Tracy Hooper Featured in Huffington Post

Back in Septemeber, I shared a story about a recent experience I had with professional ghosting. The growing scope of this phenomenon is becoming an issue in our everyday lives.  Huffington Post took notice, and referenced my article and continued the conversation around this topic. Read more about the problem with professional ghosting and what you can do about...

read more

How Our Own Actions Teach People How to Treat Us

Posted by on 12:34 pm in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

How Our Own Actions Teach People How to Treat Us

When I started the Confidence Project almost four-years ago, I decided, “No working on weekends.” (The best business books promote setting boundaries.) That plan didn’t last. The Confidence Project was a start-up. I worked all the time. After a few months, I told myself, “OK, you can work on weekends, but don’t answer emails after 5pm on Fridays & Saturdays. And, no working on Sundays, including emailing.” That plan didn’t work either. Often, I work on Sunday afternoons, to get a jump-start on the week ahead....

read more

Tracy Hooper on KATU’s Afternoon Live

Posted by on 11:19 am in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

Tracy Hooper on KATU’s Afternoon Live

A few weeks ago, I was a guest on a new TV talk show in Portland called,“Afternoon Live.” My friend, Joey Jenkins from Intentional 360, was a guest and recommended me to the Producer, Kara Mack. She called to learn about the Confidence Project and we discussed what skills to feature during the 6-minute interview. Kara said, “For this segment, let’s focus on the Impact of First Impressions.”  We chose three simple skills to highlight, then she sent a confirmation email, “We’re set for next Tuesday. Here’s the address of KATU. The Show airs...

read more

An Anecdote about Professional Ghosting

Posted by on 7:35 am in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

An Anecdote about Professional Ghosting

Have you ever been “ghosted?” I have. Someone says they will return your call and they don’t. Or, they ask you to call or email them. You do and they don’t respond. Ever. Why? Several months ago, I met at the office of the Managing Partner of a Fortune 500 company to introduce the Confidence Project. After we talked about the skills people practice in our workshops, he was so enthusiastic about bringing it to his incoming class of new hires, that he asked his Director of People Development to join the meeting. She seemed equally...

read more

Look Up! An Anecdote about Posture & Building Confidence

Posted by on 7:29 am in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

Look Up! An Anecdote about Posture & Building Confidence

This week, my walking partner, Debi, was out of town, so instead of being engrossed in our conversation, I was engrossed in the early morning world. What did I notice? Many people were looking down. Others averted their gaze. Lots were talking on their phones, listening to something through their headsets or sending a text, tweet or email. One guy mastered the trifecta: riding his bike with headsets on and texting. A study published in Surgical Technology International found that bending your head at a 60-degree angle puts 60-pounds of...

read more

Dear Tracy: Try Introducing Yourself in Rwanda

Posted by on 11:19 am in Dear Tracy | 0 comments

Dear Tracy: Try Introducing Yourself in Rwanda

Recently, I received an e-mail from a client and her Rwandan scholars, who shared their experience about making first impressions and powerful introductions. Read more below. Dear Tracy… Last month, I met five scholars from Rwanda. They were bright, ambitious, courageous millennials open to learning communication skills through the Confidence Project. The Rwandan scholars are part of the Portland-based non- profit, These Numbers Have Faces. They are undergraduates who are at the top of their classes in Engineering and Business and are...

read more

How I Achieved Good Posture From My Visit to the Facebook Campus

Posted by on 7:07 am in Confidence Stories | 0 comments

How I Achieved Good Posture From My Visit to the Facebook Campus

In May, I was working on the Facebook campus. It’s huge and cool with an industrial feel. There’s lots of reclaimed wood, so the buildings look unfinished. On purpose. One of the Facebook slogans is “Done is better than perfect.” Around campus, you’ll also see, “Fortune Favors the Bold”, “Move Fast, Break Things”, and “Hack Early. Hack Often.” There’s a bike repair shop, laundry service, micro kitchens, pop-up shops, Philz Coffee (a Silicon Valley favorite), free valet parking, an enormous cafeteria with...

read more