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Imposter Syndrome – Freelance Heroes

It was a pleasure to take part in the Freelance Heroes podcast series and thank you so much for taking the time to send in your questions beforehand. If there are any issues or questions you didn't get the chance to raise, or which have been prompted after listening, please do feel free to contact me. You can reach me at kate@kateatkin.com or 07779 646976.

You will also have seen that I am a great supporter of the work being done by Anxiety UK, which is even more important in the current climate. I know many charities are seeking funds to keep themselves going, so don't feel obliged to donate, but if you'd like to spare a pound or two, you can find out more about the charity and make a donation via my fundraising page. Or join Ed's online quiz on Saturday 13th June 2020 where he too is raising some funds for Anxiety UK - thanks Ed!

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 recently re-started my PhD research on this topic. If you are interested in keeping up to date with my research findings and musings on the topic, do sign up to receive my newsletter.

Here's a link to some 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

“The Impostor Phenomenon” by Dr Pauline Rose Clance
“The Pursuit of Perfect” by Tal Ben-Shahar
“The Confident Manager” by Kate Atkin
"What to say when you talk to Yourself" by Shad Helmstetter
“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg
“Learned Optimism” by Dr Martin Seligman
“Inferior” by Angela Saini
“The Gift of Imperfection” Brene Brown
"Quiet" by Susan Cain

On the video tab 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. I also add blogs and podcasts to the site, so do take a look around.

Finally, do have a browse around the rest of my website if you would like to know more about me and what I do. If you would like to keep in touch, then you can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter or sign up to receive my occasional newsletter on my home page .

Go on... be a freelance hero!

Best wishes