How Podcasters Can Work Through Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is usually defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It’s very easy to let your mind trick you into feeling imposter syndrome in today’s world, especially when it comes to podcasts. The podcasting community is not really that big when you start to get out there and meet people. Everyone knows everyone. A few people with highly charismatic personalities can often make newer podcasters feel inferior or that they can’t achieve the same level of success.

Here are some ways you shake off the imposter syndrome and be the kick-ass podcaster you are!

Don't Compare Yourself

Sometimes you have to look beyond the personality you see in front of you, or hear in your headset. To a degree, certain podcasters are also great actors who are putting on a show. Yes, it gets them listens and attention. Personally, I think it’s better to put your real personality out into the world.

No matter how you choose to present yourself, don’t waste time comparing yourself to other podcasters. It’s an easy way to make yourself feel less than capable.

Do Watch What Others Do

As a podcaster, you shouldn’t be fake. You should however watch what is working for other podcasters, especially those you feel are being authentic.

  • How do they connect with their listeners?
  • How do they promote themselves online?
  • Do they push out a newsletter?
  • What content do they place on their website?

If someone has a winning formula, you can incorporate those features into your own plan to help you succeed.

Don't Go Negative

If you catch the imposter syndrome bug, or even just find yourself having an off day, don’t go negative on yourself. This is even more important when you are recording. It’s very easy to make self-deprecating comments about ourselves. Don’t do it! Your listeners don’t want to hear that, and if you are saying negative things about yourself, people will assume they are true.

Now, you don’t need to be cocky, but if you are talking about yourself, keep it light and positive.

Do Take a Step Back

If you are struggling with your podcast, and find that you feel like you aren’t able to produce quality content, take a step back. This can be a great reason to have seasons. Incorporating a natural break in your show can prevent burnout, and help you take the time you need to get into a healthy head space.

Be sure you set a defined timeline for when you will be releasing a new season and inform your listeners. If you’re new to seasons, check out our recent post on the topic, here.