KATE ATKIN

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Kate's News and Blog

  • Pandemic Anxiety or Imposter Chatter?

    The potential impact of the Imposter Phenomenon during the current crisis In the current situation of a global pandemic we are all finding ourselves dealing with internal and external challenges.  Whether it is how to home-school, or keeping the kids occupied, worrying about older relatives, sorting out online or in-person shopping...
  • Think online training is boring? Think again.

    I've recently had this feedback from my first session on #impostersyndrome using Skype for Business. No breakout options, no videos (other than mine), some people only able to dial in on their phone and the presentation stopped working part-way through so the slides (thankfully sent to all in advance of...
  • Freelance Heroes Podcast

    I was recently interviewed by Ed Goodman for the Freelance Heroes Podcast. We discussed a number of aspects of the Imposter Phenomenon, focussing on how it affects people working freelance and how I have dealt with my own imposter feelings as a freelancer. Listen here.
  • Presentation Skills Podcast

    Here’s a link to the recent podcast I took part in on Presentation Skills. http://podchatlive.com/episode-72-with-kate-atkin-presentation-skills-and-public-speaking/
  • Insurance Institute blog about Kate

    The Insurance Institute have posted a blog post of a recent talk that Kate gave on Courage, Confidence and the Imposter Syndrome.   It can be found here.
  • Kate on Emma Guns’ podcast

    Kate was interviewed recently about the Imposter Phenomenon by journalist, podcaster and broadcaster Emma Gunavardhana.  You can listen to the interview here: Emma Guns interviews Kate Atkin.
  • BBC Look East Imposter Phenomenon Report

    Clip featuring Kate in a recent BBC Look East report on the imposter phenomenon, following up on research conducted by Totaljobs in conjunction with Kate and Dr Terri Simpkin of Anglia Ruskin University. First aired by BBC Look East on 14th June 2019, video extract by kind permission from the...
  • A couple of ‘new’ videos

    I was recently checking out my Youtube channel and I found a video called from 2014 that I hadn't made public, it is about confidence and called "Bump, Bump, Bump".  Also Jay Sharpe from Audible (of audio book fame) has been kind enough to record a video testimonial following a...
  • 5 Myths about Imposter Syndrome

    As you may know, I have started a PhD focussing on the Imposter Syndrome.  While reading academic research, blog posts and press articles it struck me that there are a number of inaccuracies in the way the Imposter Syndrome is portrayed.  Here are five myths I would like to bust...
  • When is good enough good enough?

    While weeding at the allotment the other evening I spotted a lovely black and red moth... it turns out to be a Cinnabar Moth. Its main food is ragwort and to my knowledge there isn't any ragwort at the allotment, so what is the moth doing there? Sometimes we too are...
  • Confidence: A conversation with Estelle Levin-Nally

    I'm aways interested to hear people's stories about confidence - where it comes from and how it grows or withers.  I have a particular interest in female entrepreneurs and businesswomen, so I was very pleased when Estelle Levin-Nally agreed to the filming of the two of us in conversation.  Estelle...
  • Swan Rescue & Hidden Strengths

    What has a swan rescue got to do with finding your strengths?   Research in the field of Positive Psychology indicates that using your strengths at work increases your engagement at work. But how do you know what your strengths are?   Strength Profiles One way of identifying your strengths is to take one of a ...
  • Is Positive Leadership all it’s cracked up to be?

    What does psychology have to say about leadership? I recently spoke on Positive Leadership to a group of professionals in Cambridge and asked them whether the would like to be a more positive leader.  90% said yes!  I wonder about the few who didn't... perhaps their reluctance to answer yes was...
  • Anxiety UK – charity for the year

    Anxiety and the Impostor Many people will experience levels of anxiety, some more so than others, and for some people the levels are so stressful they impair their ability to function well, both at work and at home. October 10th is World Mental Health day, with mental health at work being...
  • Can I really? Experiencing and explaining Impostor Syndrome

    Who am I to write a guest blog for the Oxford English Dictionary on the Impostor Syndrome? I have now given several talks on the subject of the Impostor Syndrome - more correctly termed Impostor Phenomenon - chaired a panel discussion for the General Assembly on the subject, been interviewed by...
  • I have some feedback for you…

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was recently quoted on Inc. as saying that successful people learn to take feedback well. What it seems she was actually referring to was "constructive feedback" or what is sometimes thinly disguised criticism. While it is true we all need to learn from our mistakes, whether pointed out...
  • How fast should you speak?

    What is the accepted rate of speech for a presentation? I was recently interviewed by Cambridge TV, and while I have completed some media training and been live on radio before, this was my first foray into a TV studio.  The interview was recorded "as if live", so there would be...
  • Networking – love it or loathe it?

    Last week I ran a seminar on effective networking for the Federation of Small Businesses and yesterday I ran an in-house session for a client on the same topic.  It was 17 years ago when I ran my first session on this topic and what has surprised me most was...
  • Time to find a ‘Sod All’ box?

    Right now the UK is gripped by the result of the referendum.   For some there is jubilation, while for others there is much gnashing of teeth & wailing. Whichever way you voted, we are all now in a period of uncertainty.   It's at times like this that we need to reach for...
  • Happiness is like a rainbow

    Today is the UN International Day of Happiness.  But can you create happiness by deliberate acts? And what happens if you don't feel happy? Psychologists have researched many ways to increase individual levels of happiness, community happiness and create a happier society.  Indeed, Action for Happiness, run their own 8-week course...
  • Is Second Place a Failure?

    As I mentioned in my last post, I discovered the theory of the Imposter Phenomenon while studying for a masters in positive psychology. This led me to realise that my own internal voices, which for years have been telling me that "I wasn't good enough" or "if I didn't do...
  • Dealing with the Imposter Phenomenon

    How to banish your impostor or cope with imposter feelings Having spent the past two years studying for a masters in applied positive psychology, and completing a dissertation on the imposter phenomenon and self-efficacy I should know enough about it by now to write a blog.  Yet my own Imposter rears...
  • When is stress good for you?

    Today is national stress awareness day. Much of what is available on the internet about stress is about how to avoid it. The assumption is that stress = bad. But is that really the case? For some people of course an overload of stress is unhelpful. But the focus on stress...
  • When a Speech doesn’t go to Plan

    Have you ever said yes to something which seemed a good idea, but when the time came you started to view it differently? A year ago I missed the entry deadline into the Corporate Speaking Challenge run by the School of Public Speaking. So I gaily said “put me down for...
  • Our minds don’t work the way we think they do.

    I am currently reading The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Simons and Daniel Chabris. Christopher Simons was one or the creator of the famous ball-passing perception test, which many of you will have experienced.  If you haven't, concentrate hard on getting the right answer and you may be amazed at the result.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGQmdoK_ZfY&w=640     I...
  • Connecting and Inspiring Women in STEM

    Kate recently gave her 'Dream, Dare, Do' keynote speech to Cambridge AWISE, an organisation with the mission to connect and inspire women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Read about its success here:    
  • What is Positive Psychology

    As some of you will know in September 2013 I embarked on a two-year programme of study, for a masters in positive psychology (MAPP).  On doing so I discovered that many people equate the term positive psychology with positive thinking, The Secret or the Law of Attraction.  while they all...
  • Is Optimism always best?

    There is a general assumption in Western society that optimism is best, that happiness is something to be achieved and that looking on the bright side is the right thing to do. But optimism has been likened to red wine by researchers Puri and Robinson; a glass a day can be...
  • Can Mindfulness make a difference to your bottom line?

    What does Mindfulness have to do with the bottom line profit and the productivity of your staff (or yourself)? How often do you spend time being in the moment, being conscious of your actions, taking control of your thoughts?  Or do you spend time responding to the ping of a new...
  • Emotional Intelligence – recent thoughts

    I have just come across a very interesting blog on Emotional Intelligence, and how it has progressed over the years since Daniel Goleman wrote his book in 1995 "Emotional Intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ".  The blog is a very interesting read and rather than replicate the whole...
  • Great Customer Service

    What is great customer service? Sometimes it is a matter of simply proving the customer with what they want.  Simply?  Well, yet it should be simple, but reality doesn't always work out that way.  It isn't always easy to know what the customer wants, and if you take the unusual step...
  • Standing up for Yourself

    Confidence is often about having the courage of your convictions, saying what needs to be said, in a timely and appropriate manner whilst considering the other person's point of view. So what happens when you are challenged, say in a meeting?  Do you stand up for yourself or back down? During a...
  • Mindfulness – Inspired by taking time out

    How important is mindfulness in business? Having attended a Forward Ladies event sponsored by Barclays I came away inspired, enthused and reinvigorated.  It set me thinking about how often do we do that for ourselves?  Or do we just stay stressed individuals, trying to keep up with the rapid pace of life....