I am very young for my position, and although I know full well I have the competencies for my job, I am also a bit socially awkward/insecure. When I am introduced as *My Title*, I recoil a little and get nervous about what people must be thinking to the point that I can’t concentrate or I get flustered. My rational side tells me I have gotten to where I am because I am a skilled and competent person, but I definitely suffer from blinding Imposter syndrome and general insecurity. I know my “young woman” appearance, and my nervous composure and speech in some situations ruins others’ perception of me, especially older colleagues that hold junior positions. How can I calm my nerves and appear more confident and competent?
Great question, C — like I’ve said many times before, I definitely suffer from imposter syndrome myself and think a lot of intelligent, overachieving chicks do — and we just talked about women’s low confidence yesterday. We’ve talked about how to avoid acting young, and how to dress professionally without looking like you think you’re in charge, but not in a few years — and how to act more confident is a bit of a different ball of wax. In terms of actual, practical tips for overcoming this: [Read more...]