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At the Sydney Female Founder Festival our panelists shared some much needed tips on overcoming that dreaded imposter syndrome. Here are some great tips from best in the business on how to quell that little voice of self doubt.

An intriguing approach to combat imposter syndrome

Angelique nominates herself for awards to gain external validation. Often, we seek approval from others as a way to overcome self-doubt. By putting yourself forward for recognition, you receive validation from an external source, reinforcing your belief in your capabilities. Embrace your achievements and let the recognition fuel your confidence.

Hero Packaging & Sell Anything Online founder says: "Just do it anyway!"

Anaita’s words hit home with their simplicity and power. Don’t let negative thoughts hold you back from pursuing your dreams and goals. Take that leap of faith and step out of your comfort zone. She said whenever she doubted herself halfway through, she would realise she is doing it right now! So just dive in and once you start doing it, you’ll see that you really do know your stuff. Another tip from Anaita is to wear something fabulous. Let your outer appearance radiate confidence, and you’ll find that it seeps into your inner self. Dressing in a way that makes you feel empowered can give you that extra boost of self-assurance.

Anaita gave us this hint while wearing the most amazing pair of purple heels.

Tanya Hennessey makes meaningful connections with people

“Put the attention on who you’re talking to,” she said. This could be a big crowd, a one-on-one interview, or a scary board meeting. Instead of obsessing over your own perceived shortcomings or feeling like an imposter, shift your focus to the people you interact with. Listen attentively, ask insightful questions and genuinely engage.

By making meaningful connections and adding value to others, you’ll realise that your expertise and unique perspective are genuinely appreciated. Plus it will help you get your nerves under control and focused on the real task.

Imposter syndrome can be a pesky companion, but it doesn’t have to define your journey as a female founder. The Sydney Female Founder Festival panelists generously shared their wisdom on combating this common challenge. Remember Anaita’s advice to just do it anyway and embrace your fabulous self. Follow Tanya’s lead by shifting the focus to others and making meaningful connections. And don’t be afraid to take a page from Angelique’s book and seek external validation through self-nomination for awards. Whatever works for you, don’t forget the power of believing in yourself.

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