You can have all the qualifications and experience in the world, but still feel inadequate and insecure in your ability to make a contribution in your workplace.
Our internal monologue will say things like:

Once I get complete this training… I will feel ready… Once I am promoted to this level… It will all be fine.

This tendency to brush off, dismiss and diminish obvious evidence of our abilities is called imposter syndrome.

In today’s episode I am sharing all about imposter syndrome, how it can show up and manifest in your life, how it has shown up in myself and continues to… and how you can manage it for a success career and happy life.

I address the five ways that imposter syndrome can manifest:
– The Perfectionist
– The Superwoman / Superman
– The Natural Genius
– The Soloist
– The Expert

You can learn more about these categories in Dr Valerie Young’s book – The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
I also recommend reading ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’ by Carol Dweck.

Times to check out:

(2:25) What is it and who experiences it?
(6:27) The message from my professors changed everything
(9:13) No one likes to fail…
(10:27) Can we be confident and still feel like an imposter?
(13:00) The all or nothing mentality
(15:17) How to reframe your thoughts
(16:15) Addicted to working
(19:04) Being the best the first time you try everything
(21:21) I can’t ask for help
(23:55) Supporting others helps you, too

All our experiences are unique and we are all worthy. If you are experiencing imposter syndrome, you don’t have to do it alone. Seek advice from a supportive mentor, career or communication coach.



WHO AM I: I’m Gemma, Founder and CEO at Fluent Speakers. With a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from The University of Oxford, and an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language, I have extensive training and expertise in education. I have travelled extensively and worked in many different societies and cultures. I coach digital design and tech professionals to improve their communication skills in English.

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