What Strategy Can You Employ to Battle Imposter Syndrome?

I’m going to put on my Career Development Coach hat for a second.

When I worked with one of my HVAC students, I made sure that he was fully prepared to rock his interview. This meant that I would conduct a mock interview with him. My students were expected to dress for the mock interview and come prepared as if it were the real thing.

I was super serious about it, too. I asked them difficult questions that tripped them up and judged every single aspect of the experience. Afterwards, I gave them extensive feedback on how they did. If they completely bombed it, we re-scheduled the interview as many times as they needed. No student of mine was gonna be going into a real interview, looking a fool. Not on my watch, boo.

Oh, the stories I could tell you. Several of my students got so nervous, they were literally sweating during the interview. I had a couple of them break down and cry. One student mock interviewed with me every single work day for a month because he wanted to practice his answers and make sure that his English was understandable. I’ll never forget the look on his face when he strolled into my office to let me know he had received and accepted a job offer. It is my greatest accomplishment as an HVAC Career Development Coach.

As you can tell, I am a huge fan of practice makes perfect. Before I give any public speaking presentation, have a difficult conversation, or anything that involves communication, I will practice over and over and over and over again until I feel like I have it down. Then I’ll practice some more. It used to drive my MBA team members crazy, but I refused to get up in front of anyone looking a hot mess. Not yesterday, today, or tomorrow, Honey Bunny. I am not the one.

I’ll be honest: I love public speaking (I mean, I love it like I love Adidas Originals), but I rarely speak on the fly.

Why?

Well, you may not be able to tell, but my English isn’t very good looking or at least I feel that way a lot of the time. When I am caught off guard or I feel sideswiped in the moment, I revert back to middle school Tish with a strong Waco, Texas accent and fly girl attitude.

While it is part of my charm and who I really am, I don’t want the crux of my message to get lost in the delivery. I suppose that’s why I love the written word so much. I get an opportunity to really think about and expound on an idea without getting tripped up in my words and misuse of English colloquialisms.

So, if you ever see me talking to myself somewhere, I am probably practicing what I’m about to say later on that day. Practice makes me feel prepared.

Preparation helps me ward off the feeling of being an imposter. Shooo, I even like to anticipate the questions that my audience may have about what I’m talking about, so I’ll even go thru a mock Q&A for good measure.

Now it’s your turn. Comment below and let me know how you battle imposter syndrome.

I’m cheering for you. Like you’ve got the clicker in your hand and your PowerPoint presentation ready to go.

From the Front Row,

LaTisha

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