Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Tips and tricks from the Sydney Female Founder Festival
At the Sydney Female Founder Festival our panelists threw down some much needed tips on overcoming that pesky imposter syndrome. You know that little voice that says “You’ll never be good enough” – Let’s get some from the best in the business and show that self doubt who’s boss!
Angelique shares an intriguing approach to combat imposter syndrome
She self-nominates for awards to gain external validation. Often, we seek approval from others as a way to overcome self-doubt. By putting yourself forward for recognition, you receive validation from an external source, reinforcing your belief in your capabilities. Embrace your achievements and let the recognition fuel your confidence, silencing that imposter voice once and for all.
Hero Packaging & Sell Anything Online founder says, "just do it anyway!"
Anaita's words hit home with their simplicity and power. Don't let negative thoughts hold you back from pursuing your dreams and goals. Take that leap of faith, step out of your comfort zone, she said whenever she doubted herself halfway through she would realise that she is doing it right now! So just dive in, once you start talking you’ll see - you really do know your stuff!
And hey, here's an added bonus from Anaita: Wear something fabulous! Let your outer appearance radiate confidence, and you'll find that it seeps into your inner self. Dressing in a way that makes you feel empowered can give you that extra boost of self-assurance to kick imposter syndrome to the curb.
Anaita gave us this hint while wearing the most amazing pair of purple heels.
Tanya Hennessey makes meaningful connections with people
“Put the attention on who you're talking to” this could be a big crowd, a 1 one 1 interview or a scary board meeting. Instead of obsessing over your own perceived shortcomings or feeling like an imposter, shift your focus to the people you interact with. Listen attentively, ask insightful questions, and genuinely engage.
By making meaningful connections and adding value to others, you'll realise that your expertise and unique perspective are genuinely appreciated. Plus it will help you get your nerves under control and focused on the real task!
Imposter syndrome can be a pesky companion, but it doesn’t have to define your journey as a female founder. The Sydney Female Founder Festival panelists have generously shared their wisdom on combating this common challenge. Remember Anaita’s advice to just do it anyway and embrace your fabulous self. Follow Tanya’s lead by shifting the focus to others and making meaningful connections. And don’t be afraid to take a page from Angelique’s book and seek external validation through self-nomination for awards.
So, let’s silence that inner critic and show imposter syndrome who’s boss! You have the power to overcome self-doubt, believe in yourself, and make remarkable strides on your entrepreneurial path.
Keep these ‘how to overcome imposter syndrome’ tips in your arsenal, and don’t let imposter syndrome hold you back from unleashing your full potential. Embrace your greatness and let your brilliance shine!