Sheryl Sandberg & Impostor Syndrome – Presentation Skills, Public Speaking, On Camera Presentation

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Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, has written a new book entitled, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” in which she sheds some light on her struggle with “Impostor Syndrome.” That’s the feeling a lot of women (and, I suspect, men) have where they feel like they don’t belong, aren’t good enough, smart enough, accomplished enough, even though they ARE! Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post wrote an opinion piece that shed some liberating light on this feeling that I certainly have and so does almost everyone I know. Instead of berating ourselves for feeling it, we need to present “as if.” In other words, let the intellectual knowledge of our accomplishments override the feelings of not being qualified and use the vast skills at our disposal – the way we show up, present ourselves, tell the true story. What’s your experience with Impostor Syndrome? I would love to know.