What's connecting this week.

The dreaded impostor syndrome.

It happens to everyone, and I find that it sneaks up on me most just when I'm hitting my stride in doing something I feel really purposed about (what IS that?).  The dreaded impostor syndrome.  That voice that whispers when you are introduced to someone you admire: "Why would they want to talk to me?".  When you walk into a crowded networking event: "I'll have nothing to say".  When you are prepping for an interview: "I can't do this".  Even when you are writing a blog post: "Why do I think I know anything about this?"

"Nobody Knows What the Hell They Are Doing" by Oliver Burkeman reassures us with:

Research suggests that the so-called “impostor syndrome” may get worse as people get better: the more accomplished you get, the more likely you are to rub shoulders with ever more talented people, leaving you feeling even more inadequate by comparison.

A better way to Q&A.

I've always liked public speaking, but changing the timing of my Q&A has made it a lot more fun.  I often coach that the Q&A can be the most important part of any pitch; its the last thing your audience hears and is your last chance to impart useful information and encourage action.  But I hadn't thought much past the standard "so, does anyone have any questions?" Fred Miller of  "No Sweat Public Speaking" has some helpful insights on not only WHEN to ask for questions (not where you think) but HOW to manage the Q&A portion of your presentation. 

Just for fun.

If you're one of those people whose day doesn't really start until that first cup of coffee, you'll like this cartoon.  I've had it hanging in my office for years and it always makes me smile (after I've had my first cup, of course).