Hear about Impostor Syndrome from a software developer with a Psychology degree. In this talk, you will learn what Impostor Syndrome is, why it matters in today's workplace, and strategies for conquering it. You will learn ways to be an advocate for others in tech, from people who are just considering a career to long-time industry veterans. After listening to this talk, you will gain insights about yourself and your co-workers, and you will learn how to be a better person, employee, and advocate for others.


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Interesting subject matter
Good use of comics / visuals / slide design
Good championing of being an ally
Made it personal

Lots of narrative during the Hello slide - maybe condense this some.
Watch fidgeting with water bottle - find something fixed to keep hands on.
Comics - "search for answer" comic, some panels too small to actually read.
Misspelling of "advocacy" on section slide

Jill Eliceiri at 08:09 on 21 Jul 2017

Really enjoyed this talk! Great slides and interesting information about psychology, imposter syndrome, and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Great job!

I really enjoyed the talk a lot. I thought it was an interesting topic and you presented the psychological perspective pretty well! You were right when you said it contained a lot of material and you did go through it pretty fast, but in a pretty cohesive manner.

A couple things that I thought could use a little improvement. As Clinton mentioned, you were fidgeting with the water bottle a little bit and that was a little distracting at times and pulled my attention from focusing on the fast paced facts at the beginning. It appeared that you knew you had a lot to say and you were afraid to stop talking (maybe for risk of running out of time?) and take that drink of water you really wanted and catch your breath a little bit. At points you were trying to get so much information out in one breath that it seemed like you were gasping for a breath after a sentence. It seemed that you built in some really good points to do that too (i.e. When you asked if people knew what Dunning-Kruger effect was, feel free to ask someone who raises their hand to give a short definition while you catch your breath and take a drink of water in those 10 seconds. Or when you had short comics on the screen, feel free to let the audience read it on their own and take a drink while they are distracted reading it anyways, then just summarize why you chose it.) These natural break points can help you continue to present your information and have the breath to do so with a little less pressure to keep feeding us more data the entire time.

The other thing I was going to comment on was the transition from Imposter Syndrome to minorities in the tech industry. I can totally see how these two topics are related, but I did feel that I couldn't quite derive that from the presentation. How you presented the material almost felt like two separate presentations to me. Maybe finding ways to tie this topic in more directly at the end or possibly sprinkling in some of these cases as you go through could be a more natural association? I did feel that this was an important thing to have in this presentation, because it is very important and can play a big role in a large amount of people's lives.

Thank you for coming and giving this talk! I didn't know that imposter syndrome was a thing prior to this talk and I'm glad that I have an awareness and a greater understanding now. Good luck at That Conference!