Introducing “In Your Corner”
In boxing, competitors head to their stools in the fighter’s corner for one-minute respites between rounds. They try to catch their breath, have cuts tended to and receive instruction from their trainers, or “cornermen.” A good cornerman builds relationships with their competitors; they are reliable, identify any changing variables and build strategies geared toward competitors’ strengths.
As an avid fan of boxing, my aim is to provide similar guidance to coaching clients looking to navigate their careers. During episodes of “In Your Corner,” Sharon Phillips and I will delve into some challenges suggested by their communications colleagues and discuss how we can respond positively.
This Episode: Navigating Imposter Syndrome
Whether you’re presenting on an unfamiliar topic, writing a speech for a demanding executive or issuing a statement on a hot-button issue, a little self-doubt can go a long way. Confidence may waver, but does that mean we don’t belong?
After recording and publishing more than 70 episodes of the EE Voice podcast, we have met some of the brightest, hardest working people in communications – and even the most accomplished industry leaders can experience something called imposter syndrome.
Common in high-achievers, imposter syndrome was the most requested topic when we were planning “In Your Corner,” and is the phenomenon that takes place when self-doubt begins to keep us from achieving our goals.
“Self-doubt is really important in identifying imposter syndrome,” said Sharon McIntosh. “Many of us who experience imposter syndrome — and I’ll count myself as one of them — often respond by over-delivering or self-sabotage. You procrastinate and then over-deliver, trying to reach that perfectionism.”
In this conversation, we discuss times self-doubt has gotten in their way and offer ways to counteract imposter syndrome
Have a topic you’d like us to discuss on “In Your Corner”? Reach out in the comments or contact us on LinkedIn.
Sharon McIntosh: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-mcintosh/
Sharon Phillips: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharon-phillips-2a03aa5/