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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.

The Impostor Syndrome Files Kim Meninger

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

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.

    You Have the Power to Choose

    You Have the Power to Choose

    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 that often accompanies impostor syndrome. Be sure to stay tuned as there’s a lot to learn from this episode! 
    About Lynn Whitbeck:
    Lynn Whitbeck is the Founder and CEO of Petite2Queen and Future Forward Sales. She helps the world by providing sales and leadership training programs to achieve more, faster. Lynn is the catalyst for businesses to turn their sales teams into revenue-generating champions.
    With her crew, Lynn’s strategic sales training program helps organizations achieve the expanded revenue and business growth that happens when their sales team learns to capitalize on every lead. The powerful live training delivers immediate results in easy shifts, shortens the sales cycle, builds stronger relationships, and closes more sales.
    Lynn is the co-author of the highly regarded book, Practical Wisdoms @ Work. This quick-read guide provides insights to navigate situations, challenges, and opportunities that arise every day in business. Teaching you how to broaden your career with skills that will set you apart.
    You may have seen Lynn in USA Today, HuffPost, Chicago Tribune, and more!
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     Outline of the Episode: 
    •       [02:46] About Lynn Whitbeck and imposter syndrome
    •       [06:14] Understanding the underlying fear
    •       [10:03] Growth mindset versus fixed mindset 
    •       [14:46]  The inspire method
    •       [20:31] Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
    •       [23:07] Benefits of giving yourself permission to fail
    •       [27:14]  Lynn’s tip on overcoming the fear
    •       And many more! 
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    Find Lynn Whitbeck on…
    Website: https://petite2queen.com
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/lynnmwhitbeck 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lynnwhitbeck/
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    Connect with Kim and The Impostor Syndrome Files:
    Website: https://yourcareersuccess.com | https://impostorsyndromefiles.com
    Boost Your Confidence Bootcamp: 
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/boost-your-confidence-bootcamp/
    Leading Women Facebook group: 
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/leadingwomendiscussiongroup
     LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/KimMeninger 

    • 34 min
    Rising from the Bathroom Floor

    Rising from the Bathroom Floor

    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.

    To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/

    To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/

    To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/contact/

    About Becca Powers:
    Author, Becca Powers, is a multi-six figure Fortune 500 sales executive in the tech industry by day, women’s career and life coach by night, and Kundalini yoga teacher by the weekend.

    She boasts that she is doing all of this with more freedom and flexibility than she ever had in the past. Becca shares her raw, real, and radical story of overcoming the extreme adversity of being a success-driven woman in Corporate America as a working mom of four children while dealing with the real dramas of her personal life.

    Becca’s creative, humorous, and unique spin, that you are the CEO of your life, offers listeners a sense of empowerment to take charge and create a life they love to live – by owning it all – the messy and the magical.
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    Outline of the Episode: 
    [01:59] About Becca Powers
    [03:33] How compartmentalizing leads to imposter syndrome
    [08:05] What to do when you’re told to “tone it down”
    [11:23] What to do when you find yourself on the “bathroom floor”
    [17:14] Ups and downs of saying no
    [20:25] Dealing with the what if’s
    [23:37] Becca’s message about being your own CEO
    [25:42] How to tip the power balance
    And many more! 

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    More from Becca Powers:
    Here's the link to the free self-assessment for listeners:
    https://www.beccapowers.com/podcastfreebies

    Here's is the link to the book:
    https://www.beccapowers.com/harnessyourinnerceo

    Website:
    https://www.beccapowers.com
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    Connect with Kim and The Impostor Syndrome Files:
    Websites:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com
    https://impostorsyndromefiles.com

    Facebook group:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/leadingwomendiscussiongroup

    LinkedIn:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimmeninger/

    Instagram:
    https://instagram.com/ImpostorSyndromeFiles

    Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/ExecCareer

    • 29 min
    Give Impostor Syndrome Its Proper Space

    Give Impostor Syndrome Its Proper Space

    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 Challenge, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/

    To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/

    To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/contact/

    To learn more about The Leap, visit: https://www.wearetheleap.com/a/2147497233/9v2q8oPd

    • 33 min
    How Our Parents Influence Impostor Syndrome

    How Our Parents Influence Impostor Syndrome

    In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we talk about the role our parents’ messaging plays in our experience with Impostor Syndrome. My guest, Paz Ellis, shares her story of battling Impostor Syndrome throughout her life and now in her latest role as an author. She also shares the comfort she’s found in knowing that she’s not alone in her experience.

    To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/

    To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/

    To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/contact/

    To learn more about The Leap, visit: https://www.wearetheleap.com/a/2147497233/9v2q8oPd

    • 45 min
    How to Ask for What We Need

    How to Ask for What We Need

    In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we chat about our reluctance to ask for what we want or need. My guest, Xu Simon, shares her personal journey, including how she’s come to re-frame asking for what she needs to make it easier for her to do. She shares tips and insights to help de-personalize the process and empower ourselves to get what we deserve.

    To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/

    To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/

    To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/contact/

    To learn more about The Leap, visit: https://www.wearetheleap.com/a/2147497233/9v2q8oPd

    About My Guest
    Xu Simon had just finished her PhD from MIT and was nearing completion of postdoctoral studies, on track for a research-intensive academic career, when she took a chance.  She followed the love of her life—now husband of 17 years—to Washington, D.C. for a two-year stint as a government contractor.  In the State Department’s diplomatic office in charge of reducing the threat of chemical weapons use abroad (ISN/CTR/CSP), she both used her scientific expertise day-to-day and expanded her horizons to the international diplomatic stage.  Since the fellowship contract spanned the 2013 Syria chemical weapons crisis, she also had her fair share of crisis management and public scrutiny.
    One big lesson she learned from this experience is that the PhD enabled her to contribute high-quality science to the world, but it didn’t equip her to make those contributions accessible to the people who need them most.  To help fill this gap, she went back to school for her MBA and subsequently used her combined business and scientific skills at two high-tech startup companies.  In addition to her full-time job as CTO of Enozo Technologies, Inc., she speaks at keynotes and workshops about mediating between executives and technical talent in industry. 
     
    Social media & Contact:
    Website: xufits.com
    Email: xufits@gmail.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/xufits/
    Instagram: xufits_speaker
    Twitter: xufits_speaker
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008373910802
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa-mzw0qgI7MonFcvqN6TjA

    • 43 min
    It's Okay to Not Have the Answers

    It's Okay to Not Have the Answers

    In this episode of the Impostor Syndrome Files, we take a look at the ways in which lack of training and preparation for leadership roles undermine our confidence. My guest, Mark Herschberg, CTO and MIT instructor, shares his personal journey from individual contributor to manager and the realization he had that the skills required to make that transition were not taught. He also shares his perspective on leadership and what we can do to be more effective, confident leaders at any level.

    To join the free Impostor Syndrome Challenge, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/impostor-syndrome-challenge/

    To learn more about the Leading Women discussion group, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/leading-women-discussion-group/

    To schedule time to speak with me directly about your questions/challenges, visit:
    https://yourcareersuccess.com/contact/

    To learn more about The Leap, visit: https://www.wearetheleap.com/a/2147497233/9v2q8oPd

    About My Guest
    Mark Herschberg is the author of The Career Toolkit, Essential Skills for Success That No One Taught You. From tracking criminals and terrorists on the dark web to creating marketplaces and new authentication systems, Mark has spent his career launching and developing new ventures at startups and Fortune 500s and in academia. He helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program, dubbed MIT’s “career success accelerator,” where he teaches annually. At MIT, he received a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in electrical engineering & computer science, and a M.Eng. in electrical engineering & computer science, focusing on cryptography. At Harvard Business School, Mark helped create a platform used to teach finance at prominent business schools. He also works with many non-profits, including Techie Youth and Plant A Million Corals. He was one of the top-ranked ballroom dancers in the country and now lives in New York City, where he is known for his social gatherings, including his annual Halloween party, as well as his diverse cufflink collection.

    You can learn more and contact Mark here:
    hershey@thecareertoolkitbook.com

    https://www.thecareertoolkitbook.com/

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Ivna Curi ,

I wish I had this podcast when I was in my 20s

I wish I had this podcast when I was starting my career in my 20s. It would have reduced so much of my overthinking and impostor struggles so that I could invest my mental space and energy on building my career. Thank you Kim for this much needed initiative especially for all the smart talented amazing women out there that the world needs to hear more from!

Lindsey Lingenfelter ,

Love this show!

I love the message of this podcast: we need to come fully into who we are, use our strengths, and realize our full potential. I struggle with imposter syndrome and I’m so happy to have this podcast as a resource!

Tiffany Castagno ,

Kim is amazing and this Podcast is too!

I get so many Golden Nuggets from this Podcast! I really appreciate the relevancy to some of the things I've told myself on my journey to what the guests on the show describe. I've learned lots of tips, gotten some validation on things I thought couldn't be overcome, and just appreciate hearing the good stories of overcoming it from a diverset set of backgrounds.

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