Impostor syndrome: why do I feel like a fraud?


  • Part 1: Tues 15 Feb 14:00 - 16:00
  • Part 2: Thurs 17 Feb 14:00 - 15:15

This session is part of the ‘Your Life at Work’ strand which offers training aimed at addressing workplace best practice as well as how to stay healthy, happy and productive at work.

This course is spread over two days, please only apply if you can attend both days.

Maya Angelou famously said: “I have written 11 books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find out now". In this workshop, Caroline gets under the skin of impostor syndrome. How do we reconcile the different versions of ourselves - what’s going on on the outside versus what’s happening on the inside? And crucially, how we can turn something that feels like a guilty secret into a hidden superpower. Themes include:

  • The truth about, and definition of, impostor syndrome
  • Celebration of flaws, fears and f-up’s
  • The power of vulnerability
  • Accepting and enhancing the different versions of self
  • Building evidence for the case again impostor syndrome
  • Befriending your inner critic
  • Managing your amygdala
  • Techniques for overcoming impostor syndrome

Who it's for

It has been estimated that nearly 70% of people will experience signs and symptoms of impostor syndrome at least once in their life; for many of us it is more of a daily occurrence. These sessions are recommended for anyone currently working in unscripted TV who would welcome an amnesty on pretending everything is alright all the time. Over the course of the two days, Caroline will help you understand impostor syndrome, looking at ways in which you can equip yourself to deal with it; harness it, even! Each session is interactive, with opportunities to ask questions and be part of discussions, ensuring you get the answers you need and strategies you can take forward yourself. A safe, confidential space is offered and this will be reiterated during the sessions. You will need a stable internet connection and we would encourage you to have your video on and be prepared to unmute yourselves in order to fully participate in the group.


Caroline Beaton has held senior management positions at some of the biggest media companies in the world, including MTV, UKTV and Viacom. Early in her career she headed an independent television production company that was bought by Carlton Television and then set up her own company, Road Trip Media. She went on to do a 10 year stint as Senior Vice President at the Viacom, alongside her coaching and training work. She is a Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and has worked for many years as a coach to the great and the good in industry, public life and politics. Caroline also works as a mentor and champion of gender equality across a range of industries. Her clients include: Bloomberg, Sony Pictures, Ogilvy, UKTV, BBC, IMG, Endemol, Channel 4, IMG, Women in Film & Television, Sky Television, L’Oreal, Reach plc, All3 Media, Wella, and Disneyland.

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘apply for ticket’ and follow the instructions to apply for your place: you must login or register before you are able to complete your application.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration. 

This course would normally cost participants to attend, but thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund, we are able to offer it to you for free. If you fail to attend, we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.



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