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As proud sponsors of this year’s series of Women in Business lunches hosted by Doncaster Chamber, it was a pleasure to see so many businesswomen from the region gather for an inspirational lunchtime event.

The topic this time, which can affect anyone, not just women and not just people in business, was Imposter Syndrome.

The dictionary definition cites Imposter Syndrome as ‘the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills.’

The panel – Sarah Naylor, Director at Switalkskis solicitors; Tina Greaves, Life Coach; Di Mellis, Centre Manager at Lakeside Village and Noreen Nasim, Author at Lecturer at Doncaster College – were ably guided by the chair Karen Beardsley, Managing Director at Unipart Rail before her retirement.

Sharing their own experiences of how imposter syndrome had impacted on their careers, what had made them feel like that and what they had learnt from those experiences was enlightening and humbling; it was clear to see that many in the audience had experienced similar experiences in the workplace.

After lunch, the panel shared ways in which they overcame the challenges imposter syndrome presented and took questions from guests.

Perhaps the over-arching message that came from the lunch was that it’s a pretty common feeling for people to experience but that it is something that can be handled and dealt with successful.

It was interesting to see that many in the room agreed that young people in education need to be taught better skills for life and the workplace such as confidence, verbal communication and that they need to know that it is OK to get things wrong.

By educating our future workforce and mentoring our existing employees (not just when they get to a senior position) it seems like the feelings of not being quite good enough or feeling like you’re not worthy of the job you had could be eradicated, if skills were taught and expectations were managed.

We should all remember that it’s human not to be perfect and that none of us are; whatever our social media channels and the media may tell us!

The next Women in Business Event is to be held at the Crown Hotel, Bawtry on 16th November and will tackle another pertinent topic – how to achieve a work life balance.

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