»Come listen to me, I’m a fraud; a story on impostor syndrome«
2019-05-05, 10:00–10:50, Room A

A story on success, impostor syndrome and self-inflicted, perpetually non-existent comfort zone.

Do you recognize the fear of being exposed as a fraud? I do. And I’ve had success because of the syndrome. I’ve learned to harness it, figuring out how to come to terms with it and use it for good. I now live in a self-inflicted, perpetually non-existing comfort zone, and I want you to, too!

Come listen to my story and learn to harness your self-doubt. I’m here to show the little things I did differently every day: - How being kind to yourself is key. Forgive, don’t judge. Accept who you are. - Learn about your internal convictions and expose these to the world authentically and honestly. - How complimenting yourself and others goes a long way - Build a case for yourself by keep notes of people saying nice things about you - Self-doubt is a powerful tool as a leader, if used consciously - Focus on (professional) relationships, not on technical merit - Harness feedback, even it’s scary

With these small, incremental improvements, I now live in a self-inflicted, perpetually non-existing comfort zone. I’m constantly in the imposter zone, because I’m constantly doing new things, learning new skills, meeting new people. And I love it! It has brought me many smaller and larger victories, a career that’s led me to new and unexpected ventures and most importantly, a network of friends and relationships I otherwise would never have had.