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Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
based on The Ada Initiative workshop http://adainitiative.org CC BY-SA
Timea
Turdean
12/03/20...
About me
●
Finished my master degree at the TU Vienna in Business
Engineering and Computer Science
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5+ years worked as de...
Format of the workshop
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15 min: Introduction
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5 min: Split into small groups
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20 min: “Take a compliment” exercise
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20...
Format of the workshop
●
15 min: Introduction
●
5 min: Split into small groups
●
20 min: “Take a compliment” exercise
●
20...
Is this you?
“OH Crap!
They are going to figure out I have absolutely no idea what
I am doing...”
5/31
Is this you?
“I am not sure if I deserve a raise …
my performance was not so good anyway”
6/31
Is this you?
“My colleague is soooo much better at that than me. ”
7/31
Impostor Syndrome
The feeling that you are a fraud or unqualified for the work
you are already doing - faking it - and may...
Even the most successful people doubt themselves and
have fears.
9/31
WHY?
10/31
“Did you get invited to the event just for the female quota?”
11/31
“You aren't a backend programmer.”
12/31
“Did you come to the event because of your boyfriend?”
13/31
Why do you feel like an impostor
●
Sexism says women can't be good at what it is you are
doing
●
People forget facts that ...
What is the result
●
We have less satisfaction in our lives
●
We waste time over-preparing and worrying instead of
doing g...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
●
Talk about it and share your own failures
●
Watch your self-deminishing language
●
Teach ot...
Excersises
●
20 min: “Take a compliment” exercise
●
20 min: Values exercise
●
20 min: Combating negative thoughts exercise...
Excersises
●
Do exercises with your group
●
No one has to participate
●
No one has to report out
●
You can leave, switch t...
Take a copliment
Examples:
●
“You are a good listener.“
●
“You work hard.“
●
“You did really great in the meeting.“
●
“I l...
Value exercise
Take your handouts and complete the exercise.
At the end each group can voluntarily report on the
results.
...
Combating negative thoughts
Take your handouts and work on the last exercise:
“Thoughts record.“
29/31
More resources
●
Denise Paolucci: “Overcoming Impostor Sydrome”
(linux.conf.au 2013)
●
Julie Pagano: “It's Dangerous to Go...
Thank you for your attention
Timea
Turdean
12/03/2016
timea.turdean@gmail.com
thank you!
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Do you feel like a fraud? Are you not sure whether you can do the work you are supposed to? You are not alone, and many high-achievers are unable to internalize and accept their successes. They often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability, and fear that others will eventually unmask them as a fraud. This slides are part of a workshop.

Full documentation: http://timeaturdean.com/overcoming-impostor-syndrome/

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Overcoming impostor syndrome

  1. 1. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome based on The Ada Initiative workshop http://adainitiative.org CC BY-SA Timea Turdean 12/03/2016
  2. 2. About me ● Finished my master degree at the TU Vienna in Business Engineering and Computer Science ● 5+ years worked as developer, now as technical consultant ● Around 11 years of volunteering in different organizations – coordinating numerous projects ● I am from Transilvania and I like climbing 2/31
  3. 3. Format of the workshop ● 15 min: Introduction ● 5 min: Split into small groups ● 20 min: “Take a compliment” exercise ● 20 min: Values exercise ● 20 min: Combating negative thoughts exercise ● 5 min: Wrap-up 3/31
  4. 4. Format of the workshop ● 15 min: Introduction ● 5 min: Split into small groups ● 20 min: “Take a compliment” exercise ● 20 min: Values exercise ● 20 min: Combating negative thoughts exercise ● 5 min: Wrap-up 4/31
  5. 5. Is this you? “OH Crap! They are going to figure out I have absolutely no idea what I am doing...” 5/31
  6. 6. Is this you? “I am not sure if I deserve a raise … my performance was not so good anyway” 6/31
  7. 7. Is this you? “My colleague is soooo much better at that than me. ” 7/31
  8. 8. Impostor Syndrome The feeling that you are a fraud or unqualified for the work you are already doing - faking it - and may be found out at any moment 8/31
  9. 9. Even the most successful people doubt themselves and have fears. 9/31
  10. 10. WHY? 10/31
  11. 11. “Did you get invited to the event just for the female quota?” 11/31
  12. 12. “You aren't a backend programmer.” 12/31
  13. 13. “Did you come to the event because of your boyfriend?” 13/31
  14. 14. Why do you feel like an impostor ● Sexism says women can't be good at what it is you are doing ● People forget facts that don't fit their stereotypes (“prove-it-again bias”) ● People act surprised when you are good ● People advise you to lower your ambitions ● People tell you that you are an impostor People treat you like an impostor 14/31
  15. 15. What is the result ● We have less satisfaction in our lives ● We waste time over-preparing and worrying instead of doing good work and having fun ● We are less effective as colleagues ● We ask for less money ● We don't ask for challenges ● We don't ask for promotions or apply for jobs You doubt yourself, you are less confident 15/31
  16. 16. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 16/31
  17. 17. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 17/31
  18. 18. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 18/31
  19. 19. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 19/31
  20. 20. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 20/31
  21. 21. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 21/31
  22. 22. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 22/31
  23. 23. Overcoming Impostor Syndrome ● Talk about it and share your own failures ● Watch your self-deminishing language ● Teach others what you know ● Ask questions ● Perspective check from a friend ● List your accomplishments and own them ● Practice accepting compliments ● Talk to your colleagues and get the perpective of what is going on in the community/workplace 23/31
  24. 24. Excersises ● 20 min: “Take a compliment” exercise ● 20 min: Values exercise ● 20 min: Combating negative thoughts exercise 25/31
  25. 25. Excersises ● Do exercises with your group ● No one has to participate ● No one has to report out ● You can leave, switch tables, or come back at any time for any reason ● If someone is bothering you, come find me during discussion or break 26/31
  26. 26. Take a copliment Examples: ● “You are a good listener.“ ● “You work hard.“ ● “You did really great in the meeting.“ ● “I liked your input earlier, it gave us some good ideas.“ ● “Great idea in solving the bug.“ 27/31
  27. 27. Value exercise Take your handouts and complete the exercise. At the end each group can voluntarily report on the results. 28/31
  28. 28. Combating negative thoughts Take your handouts and work on the last exercise: “Thoughts record.“ 29/31
  29. 29. More resources ● Denise Paolucci: “Overcoming Impostor Sydrome” (linux.conf.au 2013) ● Julie Pagano: “It's Dangerous to Go Alone” (PyCon 2014) ● Mood Gym: https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome ● Slides, handout, guide for this workshop: http://adainitiative.org/continue-our-work/impostor- syndrome-training/ 30/31
  30. 30. Thank you for your attention Timea Turdean 12/03/2016 timea.turdean@gmail.com
  31. 31. thank you!

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