Managing Impostor Syndrome and Positioning Yourself as a Business Advisor

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 26, 2019

Dawn Reynolds

Senior Instructional Designer
Management Concepts

Do you experience skepticism from stakeholders about the validity of the L&D function? Do you miss out on opportunities to demonstrate your value as a business advisor because you’re left out of the conversation from the start? And does this cynicism in the field lead to self-doubt and impact your career mobility? Many people can relate to this uphill climb and even experience impostor syndrome: the self-belief that you are not as skilled as people think you are and that you’ll be called out as a fraud. Because L&D is so often ill-defined and misunderstood, it provides fertile ground for impostor syndrome. So how does an L&D professional demonstrate value despite constant roadblocks or when impostor syndrome hits?

In this session, you will discover how the undervaluing of L&D has led to a crisis in confidence. You will learn strategies for combating the skepticism around the validity of the work L&D does at your organization. You will learn about the link between this devaluation and the prevalence of impostor syndrome within L&D, and you’ll discover how self-doubt may be impacting your ability to earn a seat at the table. Whether you are experienced or new to L&D, you will benefit from this session providing science-backed evidence and techniques that will enable you to address skepticism, manage self-doubt, and become a stronger business advisor.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How the undervaluing of L&D has led to a crisis in confidence
  • How impostor syndrome may be impacting your ability to earn a seat at the table
  • Science-backed techniques to manage impostor syndrome
  • Ways to leverage skepticism to become a sound business advisor

Audience:

Designers, developers, and managers

Technology discussed in this session:

Social media, mobile, Microsoft Office, and video

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