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Charlotte Talks: Fighting 'Imposter Syndrome,' Improving Productivity

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fighting "Imposter Syndrome," that nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you aren't up to the job and may be found out. Then we shift focus to harnessing your personal style to increase your productivity.

Ever feel like an imposter, a fraud, a phony? Are you afraid of being "found out" and exposed for who you really are? You're not alone. It turns out, even the most accomplished among us experience "Imposter Syndrome."

The key symptoms? Anxiety, perfectionism, self-doubt, and fear of failure. Seventy percent of successful people report feeling this way despite their achievements. The solution, says one of our guests, is radical confidence. Mike Collins explores that and we find out how to overcome "imposter syndrome."

Then, "work smarter, not harder" is an attractive mantra. But how do you do that exactly? We talk about how identifying your personal productivity style can help you streamline and organize your work. One of our guests says doing so can help you work more simply and live more fully. 

Guests

Lou Solomon - Communications consultant, CEO and Founder of Interact, a communications firm in Charlotte. She is author of Freeing Your Radical Hero: Fighting the Imposter Mindset and Co-Founder of the TWIST Conference for Women

Carson Tate - Productivity consultant, Founder and Principal of Working Simply. Author of Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style and Co-Founder of the TWIST Conference

Related event:

The TWIST Conference for Women, hosted by Queens University of Charlotte is February 12-14. It is SOLD OUT. This year's theme is The Currency of Confidence: How to Ante Up What Women Unknowingly Give Away.

Lou Solomon's TEDxCharlotte talk The Surprising Solution to the Imposter Syndrome:

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.