With mental health becoming a bigger part of the national conversation, The Telegraph’s new ‘Imposters’ podcast lifts the lid on high-profile women’s experiences of feeling inadequate while being at the top of their game.
Behind the presenter’s mic will be Claire Cohen, Telegraph Women’s editor and associate features editor. She will be exploring the phenomenon with her guests, sharing techniques on how to deal with it, and discussing whether imposter syndrome can be harnessed as a positive driver for success.
Cohen’s first guest is beauty entrepreneur and presenter Trinny Woodall. Woodall opens up about how she is managing to shrink her imposter syndrome as she gets older, as well as how personal tragedy pushed her to take the leap to start her eponymous beauty brand, Trinny London.
Cohen’s guests speak from a wide range of fields and experiences. Following Woodall will be Samantha Cameron, founder of clothing brand Cefinn, the Hollywood actress Priyanka Chopra-Jones, Clare Smyth, Britain’s first female three-star Michelin chef, the broadcaster June Sarpong OBE, and NASA’s first female chief flight director, Holly Ridings.
Speaking about the inspiration for ‘Imposters’, Cohen said: “Over the years I’ve heard time and again from successful women, and men, about their own battles with this phenomenon: of feeling inadequate and dealing with self-doubt, despite their obvious achievements – and it’s something I’ve also faced myself. By hearing those at the top of their industries share their personal experiences of imposter syndrome, I hope this series will help others struggling with similar feelings at a time when the shape of our working lives has changed beyond recognition.”
You can also join the conversation about imposter syndrome on The Telegraph’s Women Facebook Group.