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Have you felt like one? An imposter?

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Imposter syndrome—it's real, and I understand it firsthand. 

The hand of cards I've been dealt has led me to paths I never knew existed.

Through these paths, I have had to step out of my comfort zone, take leaps of faith, and be bold. And yes, through many of these experiences, I have felt like an imposter.

Can you relate? 

Or, how about this? 

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you're about to speak in front of a group of people, whether it's a presentation at work, a conference, or even a social gathering, and suddenly that nagging voice in your head starts whispering, "You don't belong here. You're not good enough"? If so, you're not alone. Many of us grapple with imposter syndrome, especially when it comes to public speaking.

But here's the thing – you can overcome it. 

I did. And if I did, you can too. 

It's not easy, but with the right strategies and mindset shifts, you can learn to embrace your voice and speak confidently. So, if you've ever felt that way, I encourage you to take the following three things to heart and begin to embrace your perfect imperfections. 

1. Practice and Preparation:

 Picture this: you're standing in front of a room full of people, all eyes on you, and suddenly your mind goes blank. Sound familiar? One of the best ways to combat imposter syndrome is through practice and preparation. Review your material thoroughly, rehearse your presentation multiple times, and anticipate potential questions or challenges. The more familiar you are with your content, the more confident you'll feel when it's time to speak. But here's the thing: you need to practice aloud. Hear your voice and be proud of it. 

2. Focus on Your Strengths and Accomplishments:

 Getting caught up in self-doubt and negative self-talk is easy, especially when imposter syndrome rears its ugly head. But instead of dwelling on your perceived shortcomings, take a moment to reflect on your strengths and accomplishments. Remind yourself of the skills and experiences that have brought you to where you are today. Whether overcoming challenges in your career or achieving personal milestones, you have a unique perspective and valuable insights to share with your audience. Prepare a list of two or three weighty accomplishments. Jot them down and bring them with you before your next presentation or speech. Before you begin, take them out and look at them. See your handwriting. Feel the paper in your hand that exists because of something you accomplished. Remember these achievements. Bring them to life and give yourself the boost you need. 

3. Shift Your Mindset:

 Imposter syndrome often stems from a fixed mindset – the belief that your abilities are limited and you're destined to fail. But what if you shifted that mindset to embrace growth and resilience? Instead of viewing mistakes as failures, see them as opportunities for learning and development. Adopting a growth mindset can help you approach speaking engagements with curiosity and openness rather than fear and self-doubt. Seek out someone you admire, perhaps someone who has achieved the accomplishments you aspire to attain. Do some research on them. Find their strengths and weaknesses and realize they aren't perfect. But they have done something great. Now, envision yourself doing the same. 

Remember, we are all a work in progress. Surrounding ourselves with the right people and team can lead us to new opportunities and new lives. 

Take that chance. Make that audacious goal. Create the life you want. 

And when you feel like an imposter, know you are not alone. Feel free to reach out. We're all in this together, navigating our paths and learning from each other. 

So, embrace your voice and speak your truth. 

If so, it's time to chat. Contact us, your premier executive speaking coach provider, and unleash the power of effective communication in your organization! Let's start the conversation. 

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