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Theresa Neate at Dev Ops Girls Feb 2019


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Imposter syndrome, anxiety & self-confidence (in my experience)

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Theresa Neate at Dev Ops Girls Feb 2019

  1. 1. Imposter syndrome, anxiety & self-confidence (in my experience) Theresa Neate DevOps Girls 16 Feb 2019
  2. 2. Why am I here The idea come from a TConf talk I did 2
  3. 3. My story First, my story. Guess what? Everybody has a story. 3
  4. 4. Me now 4 ● Came to Australia 13 years ago & restarted from scratch ● Lead QA & Developer Advocate ● Postgrad in IT strategy ● Web Dev & IT Diploma ● Networking Diploma (mid) ● Several certifications (mostly testing) ● Co-organiser of DevOps Girls ● Mentor of women in tech
  5. 5. My coping strategies 5 Take a walk Yoga Endorphins: Lifting weights / ice hockey Noise cancelling headphones: audiobooks, music, podcasts ---- Study empathy & EQ & people Keep learning your craft - arm yourself with knowledge!
  6. 6. Improving your bad-ass-ness (advice to my mentees) 6 Empathy Listen to people, read them Allow for others’ diversity (age, gender, background, dress sense, etc.) Remember, everyone has a story Try to ditch the emotion, arm yourself with facts & knowledge What to do if the emotion is too strong
  7. 7. Improving your bad-ass-ness (cont’d) 7 Sincerity Work on your presence Public speaking skills, including voice projection, body language Work on your message & language Try not to say “I think” or start a sentence with “Sorry” Don’t talk AT people - you become noise - pick your battles
  8. 8. Persistence, persistence, persistence Watch for the snipes, be willing to defend yourself Embrace the discomfort zones = you are learning / growing 8 Improving your bad-ass-ness (cont’d)
  9. 9. We are all, diversely, BADASS 9
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