The Impostor Syndrome Files

The Impostor Syndrome Files

Do you ever feel like a fraud? Are you living with chronic self-doubt? Do you question whether you deserve to be in your role? If so, you're not alone! As a leadership coach and lifelong struggler with Impostor Syndrome, I wanted to create a space where professionals can tell their personal stories and unburden themselves of the silent shame that comes with this experience. I also wanted listeners to be able to hear themselves in others and realize that they are not alone. On this podcast, we'll share the stories of professionals from different backgrounds who've struggled with and learned to manage Impostor Syndrome. Let's erase the stigma and stop feeling ashamed of these very normal experiences. And let's come together to share our challenges and strategize how to effectively rise above them.

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May 17, 2022 28 min

In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, I speak with Jenna Comins-Addis, a high-tech professional, who shares her experience as a transgender woman. One of the reasons I was excited to speak to Jenna is that she doesn’t experience impostor syndrome. Her confidence, sense of self and perspective on work can empower all of us to grow our own confidence. She also shares ways that we, as allies, can better support the LGBT comm...

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In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we explore the power of the mind-body connection. My guest, Dr. Serena Sterling, opens up about her experience with impostor syndrome and the ways in which she self-medicated during challenging times. She also shares how understanding the mind-body connection has helped her and others to better manage physical and emotional pain. Most importantly, we discuss ways that listeners can ta...

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In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we explore what it means to be an expert in your field. For many of us, being an expert means knowing it all, or having endless training and experience. This perception leaves us feeling like we don’t know enough or can’t adequately keep up with those around us. My guest, Kit Pang, public speaking coach and founder of BostonSpeaks, shares his perspective on being an expert, which can ...

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April 26, 2022 34 min

In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we look at self-doubt that comes with motherhood. It’s easy to believe that parenting is easy when you look at social media and entertainment. In reality, though, parenting is hard, and it’s been especially hard over the past couple of years. My guest this week, Sue Holt, a life coach for moms, offers an honest look at her experience as the mom of four children. She also shares strate...

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In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we examine the challenges facing introverts in workplaces that favor extroversion. My guest, Terrance Lee, the Introvert Leader and author of Quiet Voice Fearless Leader, shares his story of embracing his introverted style. We also explore ways in which introverts can more authentically engage at work and how extroverts can better understand, support and leverage the strengths of thei...

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April 12, 2022 41 min

Welcome to the Impostor Syndrome Files! In this episode, we explore the ways in which impostor syndrome undermines our presence on LinkedIn. Today’s guest, Daniel Alfon, is a LinkedIn specialist who shares tips and insights to help us overcome self-doubt and more confidently showcase our brand. We discuss the ways in which women, in particular, downplay our strengths and undervalue our accomplishments. Daniel offers strategies to h...

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April 5, 2022 51 min

Welcome to another episode of The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Nichole Harrop as they chat about building confidence in the workplace. Nichole shares her story of how she stayed on track and continued to pursue her goal of advancing to leadership, even after a series of rejections. She also offers practical tips and strategies on networking, communication and career advancement.

Tiptoeing into self-advocacy

Nichole...

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March 29, 2022 47 min

Welcome to another episode of The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Kea Meyers Duggan as they share how important it is to find the source of your anxiety to address it properly. Kea also shares her experience with impostor syndrome and how a discussion with her father led her to start her own business.

Quitting is not the solution YET: 

People tend to lean towards quitting their jobs when they feel that they are not go...

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March 22, 2022 43 min

Welcome to another episode of The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Dr. Robin Buckley, who shares parallels between marriage and business. Her style of relationship coaching uniquely reflects her accomplishments and experiences. Robin has a Ph.D. in psychology and a background in both executive and couples coaching. She likens a relationship to a business, including themes such as handling new things, task assignment t...

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March 15, 2022 50 min

Welcome to another episode of The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Jake Fishbein as they discuss a very timely topic of bringing men and women together in the workplace. As an executive coach and men’s group leader, Jake talks confidence and vulnerability challenges facing men. He shares examples, such as the lack of spaces for men to be vulnerable, how men tend to disconnect when they’re having a tough time, and more...

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March 8, 2022 16 min

Welcome to The Impostor Syndrome Files! We’re doing something a little different in this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files. This week, I share my never-before-released story of how impostor syndrome derailed my lifelong dream of becoming a clinical psychologist and how, in hindsight, that became the greatest blessing of my life, leading me to the work I do today. I also share insights to help you re-frame times when self-doubt...

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March 1, 2022 37 min

Welcome to The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Kristy Olinger as they talk about how to master spontaneous communication. In this episode, Kristy shares how she struggled with communicating and sharing her ideas with others when she took a role in strategy. She also shares what she did to overcome that obstacle and provides strategies that worked for her so others can accelerate that learning curve. There’s a lot to ...

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February 22, 2022 44 min

Welcome to The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Stephanie Olson as they chat about how leadership is not about you, the leader -- a concept that they both agree on. Stephanie also shares how she started her non-profit organization, the Set Me Free Project, which helps educate children and adults to prevent human trafficking. In this episode, Stephanie talks about how she has grown her business while navigating the sel...

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February 15, 2022 43 min

Welcome to The Imposter Syndrome Files! Today, Kim is joined by Jennifer Kauffman who shares her powerful story of overcoming trauma, including surviving the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, and how it has changed her life. As a result of these horrific events, Jennifer realized that there were pieces missing from her life that she hadn’t noticed previously. She would not wish for anyone to go through the same trauma, but she reco...

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Welcome to the Impostor Syndrome Files! In this episode, Kim is joined by Alex Gilbert, a coach and consultant who specializes in helping adults with learning disabilities. Alex shares her personal experience with ADHD and dyslexia in the workplace and discusses the self-doubt she faced when working in unsupportive environments. She also shares how she now helps professionals to set themselves up for success in the workplace.

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February 1, 2022 38 min

Welcome to The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Dr. Avigail Lev, a licensed psychologist who shares her own experiences with impostor syndrome and how she helps others to overcome their feelings of self-doubt. In this episode, Dr. Abby shares valuable insight on how to change behaviors, which helps us to change our thoughts. Listen to learn more on how to handle difficult emotions and experiences in ways you may never...

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Welcome to The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Anne Poirier as they talk about how a woman’s body often becomes their identity. Anne shares what led to her fitness career, as well as what led her to re-evaluate her relationship to fitness and her body. Anne talks about how deep-rooted experiences and beliefs led her down her path, including an eating disorder at 12 years old. She shares how her mindset changed and th...

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January 18, 2022 34 min

Welcome to The Impostor Syndrome Files! Today, Kim is joined by Lynn Whitbeck to discuss having the power to choose. Lynn shares her experience with impostor syndrome and how she’s helped others overcome it. In this episode, Lynn shares powerful insights about impostor syndrome and how choosing to take small steps can help us conquer it. She shares how identification and taking action can help us to manage the generalized anxiety t...

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January 11, 2022 29 min

Welcome to the first episode of Season 3 of The Impostor Syndrome Files! Join Kim Meninger and Becca Powers as they discuss Becca’s rising from “the bathroom floor” moment. In this episode, Becca shares her bathroom floor moment, how she got there, and what she did to rise up as the CEO of her own life. She also shares how she was being “too much” for a certain environment and how her attempts to tone herself down affected her.

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January 4, 2022 33 min

In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we explore the absurdity of Impostor Syndrome. My guest, Kelly Hoey, shares her story of an incident that held her back for 15 years before she finally faced her fears and realized that her Impostor Syndrome had no foundation. She has since become a published author and accomplished public speaker who wants to help others manage their self-doubt.

To join the free Impostor Syndrome Chal...

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