INT 026: Focus on Others to Help Overcome Your Own Imposter Syndrome

Melissa Oakes, Linda Yates, Imposter Syndrome

As a salesperson, how do you focus on others to help overcome your own imposter syndrome? Join Linda Yates and Melissa Oakes as they talk about overcoming imposter syndrome by helping others. 

  • Melissa Oakes is all about helping others feel good about themselves. 
  • Her approach is simple: she asks people about the best day of their lives and she lets them tell their story. 
  • Melissa Oakes works for Hair Club, a company that helps people live as if every day was the best day of their life. 

The Imposter Syndrome

  • Imposter syndrome is about people who, in many cases, have done quite well for themselves but they don’t have that feeling of accomplishment and they fear being “found out.” 
  • They might have a title but on the inside, they feel that they’re not good enough. 
  • People have different characteristics, others have stronger personalities while others prefer to be at the sideline. 
  • Don’t let the negativity or the feeling that ‘I’m not good enough for you. You need to be the first one to determine what is going to good enough for yourself. 
  • Challenge yourself to learn everything you can to get in front of people and be comfortable with it. 
  • When you’re too focused on the things that you lack, you lose so much valuable insight. 
  • Melissa discovered that she is at her best when she is focused on others. 
  • If you experience setbacks, try to look at them as opportunities. When something doesn’t go your way, try to be adaptable and flexible
  • Even with setbacks, you can still help other people. Find out what’s important for them and try to find ways to help them. There’s always a lesson that you can learn from every story. 

Baby steps to overcome the imposter syndrome

  • Move your voice of perfection to progress. Instead of focusing on being perfect, focus on your goals instead and on the progress that you’re making. Be in the moment. 
  • Celebrate your wins. When somebody says thank you to you, accept it and don’t question it. Manage your self-doubt by not focusing on the “No”. 
  • When there are interruptions in your life, take a step back and listen. Accentuate the positive and believe that you can make it happen. 

“Focus on Others to Help Overcome Your Own Imposter Syndrome” episode resources

Connect and follow Melissa Oakes via LinkedIn. 

Do you have more stories to tell? Talk to Linda Yates here. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by the TSE Studios including The Sales Evangelist and more. 

This episode is sponsored by The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and smash their quotas. Int-HER-rupt Podcast is produced by the team at TSE Studios

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