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Imposter Syndrome – CII Luton and Hertfordshire

It was an absolute pleasure to speak to you all via Zoom (the power of technology!) and thank you to the Luton & Hertfordshire branch for inviting me back to discuss Pandemic Anxiety or Imposter Chatter. If you would like to know more about Anxiety UK or make a small donation to the charity, take a look at this link.

If there are any issues or questions you would like to discuss which have been prompted by my talk please do feel free to contact me. You can reach me at kate@kateatkin.com or 07779 646976.

On this webpage you will find some extra information on the imposter syndrome (really a phenomenon) which is based on my own research and that of other experts, and some other useful links, plus suggestions for TED talks and further reading.

We are still at an early stage in understanding the impact of the Imposter Phenomenon, my interest is in understanding the most effective ways of managing those imposter feelings and passing on this information to others. As I mentioned, I have started my PhD research on this topic and will be seeking participants from the Finance and Insurance sector so if you are would like to know more about my research please contact me. If you would like to keep up to date with my musing and findings, do sign up to receive my newsletter.

You can download a version of the slides here: CII slides

Here's a link to the most recent research on IP in the workplace by TotalJobs, in collaboration with yours truly and my PhD supervisor Dr Terri Simpkin: TotalJobs Survey.

Other Useful Links

Strength Questionnaires

TED Talks & YouTube Links

Amy Cuddy TED Talk on Body Language

Christine Porath TED Talk on Incivility

Susan Cain TED Talk on The Power of the Introvert

Viola Davis behind the scenes Oscar interview

Inga Beale on R4 Desert Island Discs

Other reading, books and references

What to say when you talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
The Impostor Phenomenon by Dr Pauline Rose Clance
The Pursuit of Perfect by Tal Ben-Shahar
Inferior by Angela Saini
The Gift of Imperfection by Brene Brown
The Confident Manager by Kate Atkin
Quiet by Susan Cain
Mindsets by Carol Dweck

On the video page of this website you'll find a panel discussion on the imposter syndrome with Circle Co. which provides an interesting insight into the imposter at work from the panel. I also add blogs and podcasts to the site, so do take a look around.

Finally, if you would like to keep in touch, then you can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter or sign up to receive my newsletter.

With best wishes



Kate Atkin on the imposter syndrome