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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 how much...

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