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Career + How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome Everyday

Raise your hand if you’ve never said something in a  meeting because you didn’t think it was “good enough.” Raise your hand if you’ve ever not stated your opinion because you don’t think you “know enough.” Me too. Many people call this imposter syndrome, and more often than not women and minorities suffer the most from it.

Right out of college, it can be hard to be confident in your opinions and ideas. At new jobs, or in the presence of powerful people in your job it can be hard to speak up, to voice your opinion. I’ve been in multiple jobs where I’ve either found my voice or didn’t. Here are my tips on how to overcome Imposter Syndrome.

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How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome Every Day

1. Write Down All of Your Ideas

Sometimes when I’m working, I have a lot of really great ideas, but I often forget them when I’m speaking to my managers. Writing down all of my ideas throughout the day is very helpful, I feel less like I’m unprepared for conversations.

Carry around a notebook, have an Evernote page open, or even a simple sticky note that you write things down on.

2. Work on Your Delivery

Sometimes you might feel that you aren’t articulate, or aren’t explaining yourself clearly enough. Practice by explaining your ideas to your friend, significant other, mom or mentor. Have them ask you questions, and be ready to think through answers.

It’s okay to take a moment to gather your thoughts. Using “um” and “like” (which I do all the time, trust me) makes you seem less sure of yourself.

3. Stay Up To Date With Your Industry

One of the best ways to formulate opinions and ideas is to keep up to date on industry trends and trends in general. You should already be signed up for The Skimm, which can help you stay up to date on what’s going on in the country and world (which probably affects your business one way or another).

Google your industry with “newsletter” and find a couple newsletter to read in the morning. Also look for blogs and follow important people in your industry and others on LinkedIn and Twitter! Many of these people post blogs that they write or read, as well as commentary that you can use to make your own opinions.

Another option is podcasts! I know I’ve been pounding these a lot, but seriously they’re so easy to listen to, and you don’t have to watch a video (honestly youtube kind of annoys me)!

4. Just Do It

Sometimes you prepare too much. One of the best ways to overcome imposter syndrome is to just start talking and doing. Ask for more responsibility, and own it. A lot of getting over imposter syndrome is doing tasks that you didn’t think you could, and for speaking up in meetings and having people like your ideas.

Remember that you might fail sometimes, or you might need help. Learn from these experiences and move on. Falling down a couple of times doesn’t mean that you aren’t cut out for the job. It just means that you’re learning!

 

Do you ever get imposter syndrome? How do you deal with it?

xx

Ashley

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  • Lacey Anne Douthat

    Love this! Staying up to date and involved makes you valuable!

  • Miss ALK

    Such an interesting concept! Staying up to date with your industry is so key! I also love to ask coworkers what they’re up to and what projects they’re working on, you can learn so much from asking people questions!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • I think that working on your delivery is so important. I find myself lacking confidence when I can’t articulate well what I want to say. I never thought to ask a friend to practice with me!

    Carrie | http://carrieeliseandkho.com/

  • thesophiadiaries

    All great tips! I never heard about imposter syndrome before but now that there’s a word to what I’ve been feeling I totally understand this! Thanks for the tips! I should probably start writing things down xD

    http://thesophiadiaries.com/bujoinspiration/bujo-ideas-pinterest

  • Whitney H

    When I started my new job as a director of communications, I couldn’t believe that I was at a director level position! I definitely had imposted syndrome. It comes so naturally to me, so sometimes I forget that others don’t have as much experience as I do in my field! That’s definitely where the feeling comes from.

  • mckenna bleu

    This post is great! I dont know if i had known that it was called that! lol But I dont think you can let that stop you from voicing your thoughts or opinions especially in the workplace.

  • Paige Rankin

    I love the reminder of staying up to date and getting involved/asking questions are so valuable!

    xoxo, Paige

  • Kristine Circenis

    Yes! Like many other who commented before me, knowing your industry and current goings-on is probably the fastest AND most effective way to get over this feeling. Your education on the industry qualifies your opinions even more than before because you know the larger implications of them based on the industry.

  • All of these are so true! It’s hard to find your way in the real world and sometimes you just feel like you are just following someone else’s path, but don’t be afraid to give your opinions and speak up in the workplace! I especially love writing down your ideas and working on your delivery, both are so important 🙂

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

  • These are all so important! I’ve definitely felt this – both at my old job and in my current job as a social media manager but I think we’re too hard on ourselves.

  • Rachel Ritlop

    These are great tips! I think you really just have to just do it, jumping in with both feet and the fear will fall away!

  • I went to a talk all about imposter syndrome once and little did I realize that the speaker was literally talking about the thoughts that I had every single day! I can’t tell you how many times I have sat in class and not been the first to speak because I didn’t think I could possibly have the right answer. Then for someone else to say the exact same thing I was thinking and get high praise from the professor! So frustrating! These tips are definitely things that I do to get over it. Such a good topic and post.
    xo, G
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  • Asking for more responsibility and owning it is SO important!

  • Macarena Ferreira

    I’m a new web developer at a fast-paced ad agency and I deal with imposter syndrome on the reg haha these tips are great!!

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

  • I carry around a notebook everyday when I’m at work. I love to jot down ideas and my to-do list! I’m also a huge fan of staying up to date on the latest trends in your industry. I have time blocked out on my calendar weekly so I can surf the web and find the latest updates in my field.