Feel like a fraud? Like you're not good enough?
Does anxiety get in the way of you doing your best? Do you forget what you were going to say, struggle for words, stumble over things you know well?
Do you fear the blank page? Do you know you have things to say - important things, things you want to share, that people should know - but you don't know how to get started?
I’m researching impostor syndrome, lack of confidence, and other challenges that might be preventing individuals from reaching their full potential. I plan to use this information to design a program that will alleviate or even eliminate these challenges.
When I was an undergrad and a grad student at the U of S, I struggled with a massive lack of confidence. I developed such a severe case of writer's block that I nearly didn't finish my master's degree in English - I just couldn't write that thesis! But eventually, I got the help I needed, and I was able to finish the thesis and graduate. I know what it's like to experience these challenges, and I want to help others get past the blocks that are holding them back from reaching their goals.
I’m looking to find 20 individuals who might be willing to chat with me for about 20 - 30 minutes about their experiences with impostor syndrome, lack of confidence, or similar challenges.
Once you book a time to chat (https://calendly.com/meet-with-gwen), we would meet online by Zoom or if you prefer, by phone. We would talk for about 20-30 minutes.
You would likely benefit from speaking with me and getting clearer about the challenges that are stopping them from achieving their full potential. Sometimes we’re not aware of the barriers that are stopping us, or we think there’s nothing we can do about them. At the end of the interview, I may be able to recommend resources or actions appropriate to your situation.
Your identity and the information obtained would be confidential. The information I obtain would be used to help me design a program that addresses the challenges of folks like you.
This would be an information only interview. I may be able to recommend resources or actions that might help you, but whether or not you follow up on those resources is up to you.
The questions I plan to ask are:
1. When it comes to impostor syndrome or other challenges related to a lack of confidence at work, what's your biggest struggle?
2. Why do you think it's such a such a challenge?
3. What causes the problem?
4. What solutions have you tried? What has and has not worked in the past?
5. In a perfect world, what would you like instead?
If you're interested in chatting with me, please go to my calendar link and book an appointment:
If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.