Imposter Syndrome and Individual Competence


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Chris Levy at 09:37 on 19 Feb 2016

Jessica's presentation style is natural and upbeat, perfect for compelling the attention of the audience, even for the "hangover keynote".
Very thought provoking content, and just enough audience participation to keep my focus.

Top marks from me.

Matt Dawkins at 09:47 on 19 Feb 2016

Excellent keynote. Good balance of information and humour to keep us interested and awake at the start of the day! A topic it would seem most of us can relate to in some way, so very much needed. Useful examples and advice made it accessible. American accent wasn't distracting. Ended a little abruptly, but otherwise brilliant, thank you!

Mark Suliga at 10:05 on 19 Feb 2016

Fantastic keynote for start of the day, sensitive subject provided in very professional and easy-going way. Great talk!

Katy Ereira at 10:11 on 19 Feb 2016

I loved Jessica's presentation style; funny and lighthearted despite covering a topic that is quite serious and close to my heart. I feel like I am now better equipped to deal with my own impostor syndrome. A great start to day 2. Thank you!

David Yell at 10:25 on 19 Feb 2016

A great take on Imposter syndrome focused on numbers and SCIENCE! Delivered very professionally. An engaging, interesting and fun keynote.

Joao Monteiro at 11:26 on 19 Feb 2016

Engaging, informative and mostrly perfect for the crowd.

Daniel Mason at 11:31 on 19 Feb 2016

Really fun, really helpful, really reassuring. Loved the honesty and the cute pictures.

A small part of the talk sounded a bit contradictory to me though: visible minorities are worse affected because they are looking at people who don't look like them vs we're more affected by social media because we are looking at people more like us.

Tess Barnes at 11:39 on 19 Feb 2016

Aggressively positive is a really good thing & I love any speaker that has favourite words. I found the style very flowing and engaging. It was also good to hear references to those who might see the presentation on the video after the event - it's a good reminder.
I was shocked how much I identified with the content so I'll be looking into it further.

This talk had excellent slides that weren't just full of text to read. The speaker's style was conversational, professional, and very easy to follow while being entertaining to listen to. My only suggestion would be to highlight the final conclusion a bit more. It seemed like the last two slides were very rushed and then the talk was done, and the conclusion of the talk is really an excellent point that deserves a bit more oomph. All in all, an excellent keynote and a wonderful speaker.

Didn't expect to like the talk especially with the chirpy American style ;), but I did, great delivery and slides. The humour about people not raising their hands tickled me. Nice job

Stuart Eagles at 13:01 on 19 Feb 2016

As an ex-educator this talk resonated extremely strongly with me. Thoroughly enjoyed it for both the content and style.

A fantastic talk by a highly relatable speaker. I found the subject matter to be very close to my heart and conveyed with humility and warmth.

James Dunmore at 13:54 on 19 Feb 2016

A contrast from yesterday, an really engaging and informative thought provoking key note. Well presented with good humour. Thanks.

Anonymous at 14:41 on 19 Feb 2016

Very entertaining keynote - funny and informative.

Very relatable, very worth uncovering and talking about publicly, and useful coping advice. Well done!

Loved this talk!

I need the number of the designer who did your slides, so amazing

Filip Golonka at 17:37 on 19 Feb 2016

Very good talk!

An awesome talk, well delivered, funny and probing some really important issues that impact us all.

A great way to start the second day!

Bobby DeVeaux at 18:48 on 19 Feb 2016

Not sure what I took away from this talk, but during the slides I chuckled lots and was engaged! Thank you! :):)

Tony Porter at 22:32 on 19 Feb 2016

This talk was a gem in the conference. Your speaking style was very clear and confident. The talk was definitely an upbeat whilst thought provoking start to the whole day.

I particularly enjoyed your use of the emojis and cat face to demonstrate how the Imposter Syndrome can have a different effect on people of visible minorities.

Paul Maidment at 01:44 on 20 Feb 2016

Awesome, tender approach to a common and often distressing syndrome that affects a lot of people.

Delivered with great humour, Jessica's personality really shone through.

A pleasure to hear. Great to chat afterwards too.

Steve Winter at 11:14 on 20 Feb 2016

Great keynote to get the day started - (highly) informative, engaging and entertaining.

Jo Carter at 19:42 on 20 Feb 2016

Extremely well presented talk, pacing and pitch were perfect.

The only tiny improvement would be, as someone else mentioned, to highlight the conclusion as bit more.

John Noel at 20:16 on 20 Feb 2016

Inspiring and funny and hits close to home, a superb way to start the second day of the conference and a sterling keynote.

Paul Freedman at 10:23 on 21 Feb 2016

Loved this talk. Full of energy for a Friday morning!

A great talk from Jess that kept everyone engaged first thing in the morning. I think everyone walked away having learnt a lot and with plenty of food for thought.

James Titcumb at 09:31 on 22 Feb 2016

Pretty good & interesting talk; backed by facts and a bit of science thrown in there, it's a really good explanation of what imposter syndrome is, and why we think that way.

Tom Cameron at 10:22 on 22 Feb 2016

Kept me awake for the morning, extremely 'chipper' start but definitely interesting and thought-provoking. Good way to start the day.

Gary Fuller at 12:41 on 22 Feb 2016

And I thought it was just me! A really engaging talk that helped get me going for the day (lack of sleep, rather than a hangover), and made me feel great about myself. Jessica combines upbeat and challenging with great precision.

Tom James at 20:34 on 24 Feb 2016

Excellent informative talk

Jack Segal at 10:06 on 25 Feb 2016

thoroughly enjoyed this - great speaker and a subject we could all identify with!

Interesting talk. Worth seeing. Very well presented. The humour, interaction and presentation style were excellent and kept my focus through the whole thing (never felt tempted to drift off). Clearly an excellent presenter.

This comment is for the organisers, not Jessica:
IMHO should have been a track talk.

DrupalCon did the same thing; keynoted a mental health topic. It's important, but I'm not sure its a keynote. My expectations for any conference is to extend my knowledge and experience on the topic of that conference. Mental health in our industry is important and it should be discussed; I personally don't think it should headline a developer conference, in the same way a PHP talk should not headline a mental health conference. It, like the Thursday keynote, for me felt "off topic".