Last week I wrote how teachers should be confident. I also mentioned that confidence and cockiness are not one in the same. I think there’s a major way to tell the difference between the two:
Confidence is quiet and cockiness is loud.
It’s all about volume. I like the term “quiet confidence,” but I think it’s redundant. It’s almost like saying “cold ice.” Of course confidence is quiet. If it were loud, it wouldn’t be confidence (likewise, ice would be liquid).
Cockiness, by its nature, is loud. A cocky person isn’t quiet about what he knows or can do. If he were, he’d be confident.
Volume is always a good litmus test.