Guest Post – What is Imposter Syndrome and what to do about it

Dear Rifa, I really enjoyed being part of Spring Forward this year.Running a lunchtime session worked better for us. We had 64 people sign up and 34 in attendance on the day. It was a lovely and participative group of women and so rewarding to deliver. I have put together a summary of the event for those that could not attend because I had a lot of requests for the recording but we do not record so that people can participate more freely. So, I wondered if you wanted to see the summary and if it might be useful to use to communicate to others, post the event as part of your wrap-up.
Best wishes
Rachel Gilmore (she/her)
It was great to have so many people actively participating in our session this week on Imposter Phenomenon. As not everyone was able to attend, we wanted to share some tips and ideas from some participants about what they were going to do differently as a result of the event.
Please see the 7 minute video where Sarah and I are reflecting and sharing what we all learned together.

 We found out that some of the costs of the Imposter Phenomenon are:

  • Stress & anxiety, working extra hours, and letting work take up family time
  • Not speaking up and sharing ideas which means that organisations don’t get to hear diverse views and that impacts decisions that are made
  • We halt our personal development by not being visible enough or spend so much time trying to get to the table and then doubt ourselves when we get there
We found out that some of the benefits of the Imposter Phenomenon are:
  • Empathy and good listening skills
  • Can be a driver to achieve more, to continue to learn and develop
  • It can stop you from becoming arrogant
Then we asked: “Now you know all about the costs and benefits of Imposter Phenomenon: what difference does knowing that make?

 And participants said:

  • Think less, do more!
  • Being aware of the impact, I know that I’m not alone! It’s great to share what I normally keep bottled up to myself.
  • There is a balance to be had.  Knowing means you can recognise it and also accept it’s going to happen but learning the best ways to cope with it can help with confidence
And then we asked: And what would you like to be doing differently?
And participants said:
  • It makes me feel less anxious to know I am not alone, hearing other women who appear amazingly confident are feeling the same
  • Volunteering myself more rather than holding back
  • To spray my ‘confidence perfume’ when I need to.
We hope that you enjoyed the session and found these insights and ideas useful.

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