Solve Your Imposter Syndrome

with Caroline Flanagan


Imposter Syndrome, Confidence, Identity, Career Progression


Do you ever feel like a fraud? Do you believe your success is all down to luck? Are self-doubt and the fear of being found out holding you back?

If the answer to any of the above is ‘yes’, then you are not alone. This is Imposter Syndrome – a unique form of self-doubt that afflicts over 70% of the population, and particularly high achievers. To everyone else you are qualified, deserving and highly capable. But how you feel on the inside is an entirely different matter.

Imposter Syndrome can manifest in many ways: perfectionism, playing small and the frustration of unrealised potential. For this reason, conventional wisdom views Imposter Syndrome as a weakness – something that must be ditched or overcome if you are ever going to get ahead.

Caroline Flanagan begs to differ.

Caroline Flanagan – a black woman from a working class background who achieved success in a predominantly white, male, middle class environment – is proud to call herself an Imposter. After years of battling her Imposter Syndrome she made an epic discovery: Imposter Syndrome wasn’t a problem that needed to be fixed. It was a puzzle that needed to be solved. By solving that puzzle she turned Imposter Syndrome into a strength.

Drawing on case studies, research and her own personal experience, Caroline challenges the common perception of Imposter Syndrome as a weakness, and shares her powerful strategy for making it a strength that will help you achieve your potential.


This talk is designed for anyone who suspects that they, or someone in their team, is suffering from Imposter Syndrome and is eager to learn how Imposter Syndrome can be used as a strength. It is a powerful opportunity for diverse audiences within an organisation to exchange views on a subject that affects people at all levels, and which gets to the heart of what makes each member of the organisation valuable: the unique stories and experiences which inform our individual thinking, build our character and enrich our work.


I wanted to let you know that I have been promoted to counsel. Thanks very much to your coaching I have managed to get through one of the most challenging years of my career and managed to achieve what I had hoped to! I might not have made it were it not for your advice and guidance.

Client C, Solicitor

Caroline, I can’t thank you enough for the help you gave me while starting to think of family planning. Your level-headed approach to some of the things I was panicking about has put everything into perspective. Not to mention that talking through and planning how to run my company single-handedly with a child was invaluable. I really appreciate having the after-session documents to work through in my own time and have been referring to them frequently. I cannot recommend a Babyproof Your Life session highly enough when starting to think about children – everyone should do this! Many thanks again.

Client T, UK, Babyproof Client

Caroline came to speak to our Balance Employee Network about “How to babyproof your career so you can balance your life”. I really enjoyed preparing this event together. Caroline took great care in understanding the needs of the audience to make her message even more powerful. The whole process from preparing the event invitation to getting feedback was very professional with a wonderful personal touch.

Louise Walewska, Presentation Client, HSBC Asset Management

Caroline did a fantastic job as the guest speaker at our latest Women with Ambition networking event: 'How to ensure kids don’t derail your career'. Caroline’s talk was engaging and insightful and feedback from our clients that attended was overwhelmingly positive. All of the delegates mentioned they had gained some sound advice from Caroline’s presentation, regardless of whether they were thinking about having children, were already parents or were managing individuals with family commitments. Caroline has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to continuing to develop our working relationship in the future. I would highly recommend working with her.

Sally Clare, Head of Diversity, Ambition UK

I am more than happy to share wonderful feedback about you. Working with you has been life changing and continues to inspire me and help me grow.

Coaching client, Director, PwC Legal

When I came into the office the following Monday, I could see the effect that you’d had. People were visibly changed as a result of your talk.

Oli Holmes, Accenture