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Tune Up Your Confidence

Whether it was my team's pre-game pump up music, the melodious notes (most of the time, that is) of my sister's clarinet in the adjacent bedroom, or the birds signing outside my window, I was constantly surrounded by music. 

If you looked at my environment as a kid and teen, it was no surprise. I grew up an athlete, the daughter of a professional singer, a family member of musicians and dancers, and the sister of siblings who were regularly performing in musicals. The noise was constant, and it was wonderful.

From a young age, I learned that music was not only beautiful, but it was also powerful. Music can be an effective tool to boost your confidence and get your mind in the right place.

So, pump up those jams before teaching your next workshop. I do it regularly. It really helps. Fill your head with positive lyrics and upbeat melodies that improve your confidence.


My business pump up playlist is always evolving. Right now, these are my top 3 tunes:

  1. Rule the World by Walk Off the Earth

  2. Good to Be Alive by Andy Grammer

  3. Brand New Day by Joshua Radin


At the recent NTA Conference workshop, I asked the attendees of my talk to share their favorite inspirational songs. Here's the compiled list of songs to keep you on the right track throughout this upcoming week and beyond.

  • Day 1: 

    • Happy - Pharrell Williams

    • Brave - Sara Bareilles

    • Unstoppable - Sia

    • This is Not a Test - Tobymac

    • Adventure of a Lifetime- Coldplay

  • Day 2: 

    • We Are the Champions - Queen

    • I Will Survive - Aretha Franklin

    • It's My Life - Bon Jovi

    • I'm Coming Out - Dianna Ross

    • Beautiful Day - U2

  • Day 3: 

    • Fight Song - Rachel Patten

    • I Lived - One Republic

    • Don't Worry. Be Happy! - Bobby McFerrin

    • Feeling Good - Nina Simone/ Michael Buble

    • Faster - Matt Nathanson

  • Day 4: 

    • Keep on Singing My Song - Christina Aguilera

    • It's the Climb - Miley Cyrus

    • Chandelier - Sia

    • Fireworks - Katy Perry

    • Young Blood - The Naked and Famous

  • Day 5: 

    • Shout - Beatles

    • I Feel Good - James Brown

    • Bad - Michael Jackson

    • Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

    • I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

  • Day 6: 

    • We Will Rock You - Queen

    • Don't Stop Believing - Journey

    • Thunderstruck - AC/DC

    • Pump Up the Jam - Technotronic

    • The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson

  • Day 7: 

    • Overcomer - Mandisa

    • Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson

    • Barbeque - Alo

    • Get Happy! - Rosemary Clooney

    • Fame - Irene Cara

  • Bonus Playlist: Girl Power (Sorry guys, but the audience didn't submit any man power songs ;) )

    • Stronger - Kelly Clarkson

    • Man! I Feel Like a Woman - Shania Twain

    • I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan

  • Bonus Playlist: Inspiring Theme Songs

    • Chariots of Fire Theme Song

    • I Have Confidence - Sound of Music

    • Rocky Theme Song

    • Cheers Theme Song

    • The A-Team Theme Song

Add your favorite song(s) in the comments below!