Impostor Syndrome Win!

Okay, so as many of you know, recent challenges in my life caused me to say, “the hell with it” and go back to school to finish my degree. It’s been a very busy time, which included relocation, a dog that’s not sure what’s going on, getting re-registered at the university, and starting up. As the summer session is only six weeks long, my time so far has also been filled with two papers, two exams and a presentation. EEK!

Incidentally? If you’ve ever thought of writing a textbook to teach people how much you know, texts are an outrageous price! If you can get yours listed in a curriculum, you’ll making a killing, it’s no joke!

Anyway, one of my classes is in Communication, and it’s going great. I had to do an in-class presentation as part of my grade,and I thought I’d share it with you!

If you’re reading this, you’re likely familiar with Elizabeth Harrin’s work. She wrote an excellent article about two years ago on Impostor Syndrome, which was the inspiration for my talk!

I only had five minutes to speak, so I couldn’t get too detailed, but hopefully there’s enough information there to be helpful. There’s also an accompanying Impostor Syndrome Scorecard that you can view here.

Incidentally, I got 98% on the assignment, which is groovy! So, um, thanks, Elizabeth!

PS: Don’t mind the gigantic university hair. I really, really need a haircut.

I’m a professor of project management at the college where I work. My students continually amaze me with their insights, passion and all-around awesomeness. I figure they deserve access to more answers than I can give them by myself. This site is for them.
  • You’re welcome! *takes bow*
    I spoke about Imposter Syndrome at the Women in PM SIG conference in London last month as well. Glad to hear that your course is going well. Nice hair!

  • Ty Kiisel

    Holy Cow Geoff! Going back to school doesn’t really mean you have to start pretending it’s the 70s again ;-). It’s nice to have you back.


  • ZOMG I know, rite! My hair is huge!
    Impostor Syndrome is a really great topic and there’s so much to say about it. Do you have a video clip of your PM SIG talk? I’d love to see it!

  • HAHAHAHA Well, pot doesn’t agree with me and love-ins seem to have been replaced with XBox360 so big hair will have to do! 😀

  • Elizabeth

    No, it wasn’t recorded. I think I’ll write it up though.

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