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Behind the Mask – Imposter Syndrome

It was a pleasure to work with you in London and I hope that you enjoyed my talk on the imposter phenomenon and found the discussions useful. The key now is to remember to implement the ideas and actions that you took away.

I didn't get to speak to you all personally, 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 relating to the Imposter Phenomenon.

For those of you who also attended my workshop there is a link to a TED Talk on resilience, a tips booklet and some wellbeing links (even if you didn't attend, feel free to look at the links!).

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 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

Finally, do have a browse around the rest of my website if you would like to know more and there are further videos about the imposter phenomenon on the videos page.

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 .

#bebold and #bekind.

Best wishes


Resilience, Confidence and Wellbeing

For those of you who attended the workshop element, here are some other useful links:

You'll find a diagram of some areas of resilience via this link: Emotionally Resilient Living

This link will take you to Liggy Webb's "Little Book of Resilience" in pdf form

TED talk by Jane McGonigal - at 12min 20 secs she covers 4 key ways to build resilience

Also see Action for Happiness website

And NEF's Five Ways for Wellbeing

Assertiveness - remember to have both courage and consideration in balance. Here is a link to download my Assertiveness Tips

Saying No - start your reasons with "because..." before you actually say no. No can be "no, never" it can also be "no, not now", "no, not yet" or "no, not me". Here is a link to download my Tips for Saying No.

Delegation was a topic raised, but not covered in the time available. There are some good tips on the BusinessBalls website, take a look at this page (scroll down). Remember, when delegating you retain responsibility, you're not abdicating from the task. Ensure you arrange a check in time to see how things are progressing.

Here is a link to download my Confidence Factor Tips Booklet.

Good luck