The Imposter Monster

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Explore what awakes your inner monster

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalise their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

Explore what awakens your inner monster. Ever had a moment where your brain goes blank, your words either dry up or you start to gabble an endless stream of nonsense and wish the ground would swallow you up? Your Imposter Monster is in full swing and having a ball! Imposter Syndrome is a wider phenomenon which permeates the lives of many individuals leading otherwise, visibly successful working and personal lives. Whilst mostly it is a hidden, guilty secret that we like to keep from general public knowledge, just occasionally it surfaces in one of the moments described above and takes the form of a full-on Imposter Monster attack, preventing you from being your usual fabulous self!

The good news

The Imposter Monster is man-made. In fact it is made by each of us individually, playing on our deepest rooted insecurities and inner dialogues. As such, with some self-investment, it is within our gift to learn how to reduce the impact of monster attacks or even overcome it altogether.

The fight kit

Understand the context for attacks. This varies for each of us. A critical board presentation to a bunch of senior people or discussion with your boss about a raise are both obvious likely triggers but sometimes it can simply be talking to someone to whom we are particularly in awe. Understand what is going on. By appreciating the interplay between the Sympathetic and the Parasympathetic Nervous Systems we can better appreciate the physical symptoms we are experiencing and which are preventing us from presenting ourselves at our best. What are the practical steps we can take to fight the monster? Understand how breath, body and voice control and managing our inner dialogue are the keys to stopping the monster getting the best of you and leave the session with a few highly practical tips to play with.

As an ex-senior executive from the financial services industry, Sarah Beauvallet is no stranger to the occasional monster attack. This 45-60 min interactive presentation, provides practical support to people whose impact is suffering as a result of the syndrome. It is intended as an awareness raising session offering some first stage practical suggestions to manage the phenomena. Delegates will be pointed to sources of further insights, research and reading on this subject during the presentation.

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