Cork's Samantha Barry opens up about experience of imposter syndrome

Cork's Samantha Barry opens up about experience of imposter syndrome

Samantha Barry has opened up about suffering from imposter syndrome.

The editor of one of the biggest magazines in the world, Cork-woman Samantha Barry, has opened up about suffering from imposter syndrome.

Speaking from New York to a digital audience of more than 450 people, tuned in to the Network Ireland Annual Conference and National Businesswoman of the Year Awards online yesterday,  the Editor-in-Chief of Glamour said the phenomenon of impostor syndrome is something we have to work against.

She suggested that women stop using the word ‘just’ in emails, and cut down on the ‘self-deprecating’ attitude - an attitude that can be very common among Irish women.

She also advised that setting a goal, such as avoiding saying anything ‘bad’ about yourself for a week, could help in trying and push back against impostor syndrome.

Ms Barry also described herself as a ‘crier’, and said that because she’s passionate about her work and gets frustrated and sometimes crying is how she expresses that.

She also revealed that she once told a very senior network executive at CNN that if he didn’t see her crying in her first year, then she wasn’t doing a good job.

When it comes to working towards goals in a career, Samantha offered great advice for women who want to ask for something more in their job.

She said women must practice their speech in advance, understand their market value and know and visualise what they ultimately want from the conversation.

The day-long event streamed from Powerscourt Hotel in County Wicklow included the announcement of the winners of the Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

There was one Cork winner on the day - Linda O’Connell, of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Cork, won the accolade for Transformative Employee.

The other winners came from Kilkenny, Leitrim, Kildare, Dublin, Mayo and Louth.

AIB is the official partner of Network Ireland and Enterprise Ireland was the official partner for the event.

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