Thank you Kate for facilitating our fabulous away day. We could not have had a better teacher and leader. You connected with myself and senior colleague frequently before the away day so you could ensure the needs of the team were met and that we could achieve our desired outcomes.
We were disappointed it could not be face to face due to Covid restrictions, however the day went exceptionally well using Teams, and I know that every member of the team found it valuable. We learned so much about ourselves, our strengths, limitations and communication styles and you really brought us together so we are now ‘paddling in the same direction’.
I know we all left the day feeling invigorated and full of enthusiasm and this has positively impacted on the way our team work together.
We very much look forward to welcoming you back in Spring 2022 for a face to face away day.
Dr Janey Merron
MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, Dip.Med.Ed, Dip. CLP
NHS General Practitioner
Private General Practitioner and Chair MAC, Nuffield North Staffordshire Hospital
Designated Doctor Child Safeguarding North Staffordshire CCG
Stoke on Trent CCG GP Appraiser
Kate Atkin’s online session on ‘Mastering Imposter Syndrome’ was insightful and informative. We listened and learned from Kate and from each other. Kate’s questioning also encouraged personal reflections. It was great to leave with a deeper understanding, a sense of belonging (as many people also identified with the themes that were discussed) and a plan to help manage the imposter!
Scottish Care Inspectorate
I just wanted to say that I found the online session on the Imposter Phenomenon so valuable yesterday and really made me think about the way I mentally approach imposter chatter and gave me useful tips as to how to work on this going forward. It will be one of the training sessions I will be quoting to people saying it has changed my personal and professional inner dialogue for the rest of my career and recommending to anyone who will listen!
Learning, Development & Talent Coordinator
Wellcome Sanger Institute
Kate ran an Imposter Syndrome session for doctors returning to work as part of an evening webinar series. Kate was engaging, clear and most importantly she made the session work in an online format. The feedback was really positive and our doctors have requested more sessions!
Education Programme Manager
Health Education England, working across Wessex
Thank you for delivering an informative and engaging session on Imposter Syndrome for the Home Office Gender Equality Network. We had initially planned for this session to be delivered in person. You quickly adapted when it was moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions, and used your confident and personable presenting style to ensure the session remained interactive and that attendees engaged throughout. Your expert knowledge of the subject matter shone through during the presentation, and you gave precise and empathetic answers to questions raised, often signalling further resources on the issue. Attendees have commented on how valuable they found the practical focus of your presentation. Everyone left the session with a set of things they can start doing today to build their confidence and tackle imposter syndrome.
The Home Office Gender Equality Network
KKate is an outstanding speaker and a facilitator. She delivered two virtual sessions during this COVID19 pandemic on ‘Impact and Influence’ and ‘Success – what lies behind the mask’, which received positive feedback especially with her ability to engage and interact with the audience.
Thank you Kate
Organisational & Staff Development Team
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for this morning’s workshop. Your advice has really struck a chord with me, and I have recommended your workshop to the rest of my team! I’m really trying to grow myself, push myself out of my comfort zones to try and find the person that I know I can be, and your workshop today was the first step on that journey!
Senior Medical Editor
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Kate is a fantastic speaker, knowledgeable, approachable and with a great stage presence. The hour-long session on the Imposter Syndrome flew by and we had glowing feedback afterwards. Lots of people said they’d never heard it discussed openly before, or didn’t even realise it was something that had a name, and that the session had made them feel more comfortable about sharing their own experiences. By the end of the event, 60% said they were either quite or very confident in their ability to tackle Imposter Syndrome in the future, in comparison to only 20% who said the same right at the start. I would highly recommend Kate as a speaker and expert on this topic, and I hope our paths cross again in the future.
Internal Communications Director, Expedia
Kate’s brief was to design and deliver a workshop that would encourage productive, team-building interactions between 25 aspiring business leaders. Feedback from each of the individuals in the group indicates (1) they considered their time well spent, (2) their enjoyment of the event surpassed their expectations and (3) the discussions and activities participated in by the group elicited highly positive personal and group outcomes. There was no negative feedback from members of the cohort. As very satisfied customers, we had no hesitation in requesting that Kate provide another similar training session.
Programme Director, University of Cambridge Enterprise
Without a doubt Kate's input has been one of the best professional development opportunities I have ever had. Kate has a knack of asking very incisive questions which really help you think about things differently. Kate uses both academic theory and practical real-world examples to explain concepts which I could actually apply to my working life. As a result I've had great feedback from my colleagues, suggesting that the changes I've made have had a real impact. I would highly recommend Kate for anyone considering coaching; it certainly made and continues to make a difference in my professional life.
Head of Business Management, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Kate, I can honestly say that your contribution to the BPA (Black Police Association) and NEWS (Nottinghamshire Encouraging Women to Succeed) development conference held a fortnight ago was first-class. Having identified the Imposter Syndrome as something affecting both men and women and where without the right support they lack the confidence to achieve their full potential, my challenge was finding a credible speaker/facilitator who would create the right impact on a very diverse audience. When we spoke together on the phone all those weeks ago and I explained the situation and what I was trying to achieve you were so patient in the way you listened before making a few suggestions. You then allowed me time to discuss with my colleagues before, pressuring me for a decision. What I particularly liked on the day was the way you personally opened up to everyone about your own experiences. The authenticity and humility in your approach inspired others to open up to you and the audience and share their own experiences of Imposter. Your idea of using a Panel involving Police and Fire Service colleagues, worked especially well. Overall, I believe the event and importantly your input was a resounding success. There is no doubt in my mind that without your contribution which involved individuals’ having to take time to reflect that the dialogue generated then and afterwards had a powerful unifying effect. Thank you again.
Detective Inspector Yvonne Dales
Kate has provided workshops on networking skills, building confidence, influencing and leadership to our Emerging Leaders network. Her workshops are always energising and engaging and have been very well evaluated.
Head of Leadership and Organisational Development, Health Education England
Kate's workshop on Confidence and the Imposter Syndrome had a significant impact on one of the attendees, whom I coach. In the last few months she has soared in her confidence levels and the positivity of her outlook. She tells me that she's the happiest and the most content she's ever been.
East of England Coaching and Mentoring Fellow
We participated in Assertiveness Training with Kate as the starting point of our team coaching. I found the session invigorating, and felt really excited and energised to have these new found tools in my arsenal. I’ve used these skills in difficult conversation I’ve had to have in both work and personal affairs, and the outcomes thus far have been really positive. It’s a skill that I will need to practise to refine, but this will come with time and a growth in confidence.
COO, Redgate Software
With her intelligent content and thoughtful delivery, Kate created a genuine safe space in which to discuss our own experiences of the imposter phenomenon. Her advice has helped me to recognise that my own perfectionism at work is, in part, a response to my imposter feelings and it has been a relief to adopt a more pragmatic approach as a result!
Recognising that this phenomenon may affect colleagues, irrespective of how confident they may appear, is also helping me as an HR professional when seeking to support, encourage and empower colleagues.
HR Manager, Fauna & Flora International