Career

Upskill With These 10 Inspiring Masterclasses

By Isabel Croker
5th Jul 2021

Ever wanted to learn how to cook like Gordon Ramsey? Want to be as fabulously confident as RuPaul? We know every hand in the room is raised right now. Well, lucky for you—and thanks to the power of technology—you now can. Learn from the world’s best with Masterclass, a revolutionary online streaming platform that makes it possible for you to learn from talented leaders in their fields.

Whether you want to learn how to be more confident in your relationships, improve your writing or level up your style game, Masterclass has got you covered with over 100 classes covering everything from the weird to whacky (and loads in between). There’s no better time to learn practical skills, ignite new passions and gain everyday wisdom.

Upskill yourself with our list of the ten best Masterclasses which will inspire you to live your best life.

Self-Expression And Authenticity With RuPaul

If there was ever one queen born to teach self-expression, it’s the effervescent, fabulous RuPaul. The Emmy-winning host, performer and drag icon has overcome huge personal challenges on his personal journey to self-realisation and is giving you the inside scoop on how to become your best, authentic self. From finding your inner truth to owning the room and cultivating your tribe, RuPaul will teach you how to shine. YAS! It’s time to slay, queens. Up your confidence game with his authenticity class here.

The Art Of Negotiation With Chris Voss

You’ve only got time to dive into one Masterclass today? Make this the one. Negotiation is literally in every aspect of our lives, from your relationships to your workplace to your simple, everyday interactions. As an FBI hostage negotiator, Chris Voss persuaded terrorists, bank robbers and kidnappers to see things his way. Now, he’s teaching you his strategies to help you in everyday negotiations. In this epic masterclass, you’ll learn stronger communication skills, game-changing insights into human nature and how to get more of what you want out of life. Master this life hack here.

Creativity And Leadership With Anna Wintour

Perhaps no one knows the ins and outs of fashion better than Anna Wintour, longtime Editor-In-Chief of Vogue, but this fashion and media icon proves she also knows a load about creativity and leadership in this inspirational Masterclass. Leadership is one of life’s most valuable skills and we could all take a page from Wintours’s book. Taking off her signature sunglasses, Wintour gives you unprecedented access to her world, where you will learn how she nurtures talent, makes bold decisions and has created one of the world’s largest brands. Learn how to lead with impact here.

Home Cooking With Gordon Ramsey

We’ve all seen Gordon Ramsey’s show-stopping outbursts, but don’t fear, you won’t be subjected to any of those in this class. He’s quite charming, hilarious and, well, a great teacher. The seven-star Michelin chef takes you into his kitchen to learn everything from kitchen setup to buying the freshest ingredients to constructing drool-worthy dishes. We’re talking lobster ravioli, beef wellington and salmon with shellfish minestrone. You’re not just learning recipes, you’re learning how to take your cooking to the next level. Ditch the instant noodles and level up your cooking game here.

How To Write Well With James Patterson

Of course, you know how to write. But do you know how to write well? Writing is an incredibly valuable skill that we use in almost every part of our lives, but unfortunately, many of us are not great at it. And no, we’re not talking about those poorly worded 3am texts, we’re talking about crafting your message and communicating ideas. Whether it’s just an email to your boss, a letter to someone special or as part of your career, writing well is a powerful valuable skill and is key to levelling up your career. Learn from highly acclaimed author James Patterson, about how to write clearly and cohesively, communicate your message and influence your audience. Harness the power of the pen here.

Style For Everyone With Tan France

You don’t know Tan France? Stop. Google him right now and prepare to fall in love with this hilariously sassy human. Beloved style icon and Queer Eye co-host, Tan France, has styled people from all walks of life for over 20 years and he certainly knows his stuff. You may not be able to get your own personal Queer Eye-style makeover, but this Masterclass is the next best thing. Tan will teach you his transformational approach to developing your own personal style and how to select colours, shapes and patterns that work for your body and your personality. You’ll discover the confidence to look and feel your best every day, so get ready to own it.

The Science Of A Better Sleep With Matthew Walker

We’ve all been there—that extra shot of coffee isn’t helping, you can’t stop yawning and the headache is setting in. We’re all guilty of not getting enough sleep, but it can become a serious issue with huge detrimental health and lifestyle effects. Matthew Walker is a qualified sleep expert (yes, it’s a thing) and in this class, he will illuminate the science behind improving the quality and quantity of your sleep. Learn how to fire up your brain, the lowdown on alcohol and caffeine and how to improve your health. Your best sleep starts here.

Mindfulness And Meditation With Jon Kabat-Zinn

If the past year has taught us anything, it's shown us the importance of slowing down, being mindful and focusing on our wellbeing. Kick start your wellness journey with a true pioneer of the Western mindfulness movement, Jon Kabat-Zinn. Jon has spent more than forty years studying, teaching and advocating the benefits of mindfulness so he knows his stuff. In his rejuvenating Masterclass, Jon will teach you how to cultivate a mindfulness practice, reduce your stress and soothe your thoughts to help you improve your daily life. Learn how to make the most of your every day with this thought-provoking class.

Self-Made Entrepreneurship With Sara Blakely

There’s no better time than now to start learning about entrepreneurship—whether you have your own side hustle or you just want to learn about bringing business ideas to life, this is the class for you. Learn from the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire and inventor of Spanx, Sara Blakely, about developing an entrepreneurial mindset, how to build brand awareness and close deals. With Blakely’s fun and easy-to-follow survival guide, you’ll soon be bootstrapping your way to success (and making your first million, yes please). Get start-up savvy with this inspiring self-entrepreneurship class.

Acting With Samuel L. Jackson

For many of us, we grew up with dreams of making it on the big screen, inspired by our favourite actors and iconic films. Bring your movie star aspirations to life with this acting Masterclass led by the one and only, Samuel L. Jackson. As one of the world’s most successful actors, with roles in over 100 films, you can bet this Oscar-nominated star has some powerful knowledge to share. You’ll learn how to create memorable characters, master auditions and find the truth in roles you play, but if you’re not a budding actor, don’t be put off—these skills are applicable in many aspects of your life and, after all, who wouldn’t want to be taught by Samuel L. Jackson? Embrace your inner creativity with this motivating class.

If you’re feeling motivated to up your skill set and live your best life, you’re in the right place. Whether you need a morning pep talk, a pick-me-up or just some sound career advice, treat your ears to 12 career TED Talks worth listening to.

Image Credit: Tan France Instagram 
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