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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/

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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  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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