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Take Small Steps


In this conversation, a viewer asks for advice on how to deal with imposter syndrome, the feeling of being inadequate or undeserving of success. In response, I explain what imposter syndrome is and share some practical tips on how to overcome it, such as reframing negative self-talk, seeking feedback, and acknowledging one's accomplishments. We also discuss the importance of recognizing that imposter syndrome is a common experience and that seeking help from a coach can be helpful.


For example…

Make a plan to take very small steps. Break down the talk preparation into a lot of micro-steps. Be very specific.

A solution

This “thinking through things” can mean that we put off doing our work to prepare a great talk. We procrastinate. How can we stop procrastinating?

As introverts we like to think through things before committing to doing them.

Extroverted characters get ideas and energy from talking to people (sometimes endlessly). It is therefore a bit easier for them to generate ideas just by talking.

As introverts, we get our energy from quiet reflection rather than from going to big parties or conferences.

Presenting and Procrastinating and Being more Introverted

We all need motivation to get things done. As you know, it is easier to do nothing and remain stuck than to get up and do something.

Plan Mini-Steps

Research – spend 10 minutes on the internet learning about your audience. (Look on LinkedIn, invite them to connect, and set up a short meeting.)

Think of your key message.

What exactly do you want to say? How will you begin and end your talk?


1. Start very simply – get the ball rolling

2. Write down a list as a friend for ideas

3. Keep moving forward in tiny steps


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