Breakfast Networking: Success: what lies behind the mask? (a Cambridge Network event)

Breakfast Networking: Success: what lies behind the mask? (a Cambridge Network event)

Do you or your staff experience a nagging doubt that they/you could be ‘found out’ or put their/your success down to luck or timing? Have you noticed a need to be perfect and avoid making mistakes because it ‘proves’ they/you are not up to the job? And how do you handle over confidence, without dampening enthusiasm?

Dates 30 Mar 2017 - This event is in the past.
Opening times 08:00AM - 10:00AM
Venue Cambridge
Organiser name Andrea Mitchell
01223 746801

Event details:

Breakfast Networking: Success: what lies behind the mask? (a Cambridge Network event)


Many people have a voice inside that says they could do so much more, at work, in their community or at home.  The internal chatter is sometimes accompanied by a lack of confidence which can prevent you reaching your potential.

Success also comes with its own trials.  Many high achievers have an internal voice asking “did they really mean to promote me?”, “am I really good enough?”, “what if they find me out?”… and it can be really stressful!

The irony is that the real frauds don’t tend to experience these thoughts at all.

During this talk Kate Atkin will provide you with some practical tips, tricks and techniques to give confidence a boost and help banish the imposter feelings. 

The strategies are grounded in science and work in the real world.

Through this interactive talk you will:

  • explore the reasons behind imposter feelings and how to spot them in others
  • discover how to grow inner confidence


  • leave equipped with ways to boost resilience and get past the imposter feelings, whether your own or to help those you manage.


08:00am        Registration and networking over coffee and bacon rolls

08:30am:       Speakers:

Kate Atkin

09:30am        Further networking and a chance to follow up with the speaker

10:00am        Event closes

The imposter phenomenon is experienced by some 70% of people at some point in their lives.  Described as a feeling of intellectual phoniness, this phenomenon, or syndrome, is not confined to women, or to academics, or to those who work for others… it is widely experienced.

It is a feeling of being an imposter. (the real imposters don’t experience it at all!)


About Kate Atkin

Inspirational speaker, training consultant and coach

Once a shy schoolgirl from rural Lincolnshire, Kate Atkin is now an award-winning speaker so she has plenty of ideas on how to overcome the butterflies and find the inner strength needed to be the best ‘you’ that you can be. 

Before starting her own learning and development business in 2000 Kate had a successful career with Barclays Bank plc. In 2015 she completed an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology which has brought insights into well-being, meaning and positivity.  This also led to opportunities to lecture at Cambridge University Judge Business School.  She is continuing with her research, currently focussing on courage, confidence and the imposter phenomenon.  Kate is also author of The Presentation Workout and The Confident Manager and a world debating champion.

What others say…

With her intelligent content and thoughtful delivery, Kate created a genuine safe space in which to discuss our own experiences of the imposter phenomenon.  Her advice has helped me to recognise that my own perfectionism at work is, in part, a response to my imposter feelings and it has been a relief to adopt a more pragmatic approach as a result!  

Recognising that this phenomenon may affect colleagues, irrespective of how confident they may appear, is also helping me as an HR professional when seeking to support, encourage and empower colleagues.
Kathie Alban HR Manager

Fauna and Flora International

Who should attend?
Business owners, managers and those responsible for growth, strategy, finance, IT, HR, culture and communication within their organisation, whether large or small.

To attend
Any Cambridge Network member may attend, with the focus of the meeting being on members with under 50 staff. There is a small charge of £15+VAT for members to attend. Please register by clicking on 'Book Now' in the usual way. Non-members may also attend this session at a fee of £25+VAT, or they may wish to join for £50+VAT and come along to many other networking events for free and breakfast events at the member rate. If you wish to attend this event as a non-member, you will need to register as a user here to be able to complete the registration process.

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