Kate Atkin is a freelance speaker, trainer and facilitator specialising in confidence, courage and communication and author of two books, The Confident Manager and The Presentation Workout. She has a Masters degree in Positive Psychology and has researched into entrepreneurial self-confidence and the imposter phenomenon (or imposter syndrome as it is commonly referred to) and was been interviewed by Cambridge TV about her research: http://www.cambridge-tv.co.uk/business-focus-ep61-kate-atkin/
Kate’s main duties consist of designing and delivering high-quality inspiring programmes, seminars and events to clients. In her spare time she continues her research and can be found writing blogs (see www.kateatkin.com), research papers and books – or walking her springer spaniel!
For Kate, public speaking has long been one of her key interests, developed initially through membership of the Junior Chamber International organisation for young business people and then Toastmasters.
Kate gets a huge amount of satisfaction from meeting new people and helping them develop their skills, self-confidence and careers. She describes herself as "outgoing and friendly, yet like so many of us, I still have that doubting voice inside my head that knocks my confidence if given half a chance!". This she now knows to be her internal imposter, as described in the imposter phenomenon, and she is on a mission to banish it and help others do the same.
We asked Kate what it meant to her to be in the finalists; "I'm delighted to be in the final, especially given the high standard of competition in the heat."
Kate’s tactics for winning are to address the topic of “it’s not what happens but how you respond” by being open, honest and authentic. She aims to make her talk relevant, informative and include some practical actions applicable for a boardroom audience… all in six minutes!