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Imposter Syndrome – CambsEdFest

It was a pleasure to be with you and speak about the imposter syndrome at the Cambridgshire Festival of Education. I hope that you enjoyed my talk and found the rest of the day useful too. With your fellow flamingos, the key now is to remember to implement the ideas and actions that you took away to enhance your own confidence and skills both personally and professionally and those children whose lives you impact.

If you feel so inclined, there's a charity I raise money for, Anxiety UK, any small donations are always gratefully recieved. They do great work supporting people with anxiety, and that can be one of the things those who experience imposter feelings may suffer from.

I didn't get to speak to you all, so if there are any issues or questions you would like to discuss please contact me. You can reach me at kate@kateatkin.com or 07779 646976.

On this webpage you will find some extra information based on my own research and that of other experts - a questionnaire and other useful information relating to the Imposter Syndrome (truly a Phenomenon!).

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 just 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.

You can download my briefing document Boost Confidence and Banish the Imposter here, it contains some extra information as well as that which I was able to cover in our session.

Other Useful Links

Strength Questionnaires

Amy Cuddy TED Talk on Body Language

Viola Davis behind the scenes Oscar interview

Inga Beale on R4 Desert Island Discs

Further Reading

“The Impostor Phenomenon” by Dr Pauline Rose Clance
“The Pursuit of Perfect” by Tal Ben-Shahar
“The Confident Manager” by Kate Atkin
“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg
“Learned Optimism” by Dr Martin Seligman
“Inferior” by Angela Saini
“The Gift of Imperfection” Brene Brown

Finally, do have a browse around the rest of my website if you would like to know more about me and what I do, as a speaker on the imposter syndrome and the other hats I wear. 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 via this form .

Go on... be fabulous #flamingosofhope