Today’s blog post is written by Samantha Colbert, Senior Client Administrator, PatronManager.
Last year, my supervisor, Director of Client Services Rachel Hands suggested that I submit to speak at Dreamforce ’18. For those who are unfamiliar, Dreamforce is the annual user conference hosted by Salesforce in San Francisco. To give you an idea of the scale of this event, in 2017 the conference drew in over 170,000 attendees! As I looked further into submitting a session, I found the suggestion to be a bit ridiculous. I had only been using Salesforce for three years, this year’s event was sure to be even larger than last year’s (gulp!), and attendees will have paid thousands of dollars to attend. Surely, there were others who were far more qualified and had better information to share that would be chosen as presenters over me.
All the same, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try, so I created a session called “The Top 5 Reasons Your Report Might Be Wrong,” and submitted it for consideration. Imagine my shock when, a few weeks later, I received the email that I had been chosen to present. Amidst my emotions of disbelief and excitement, I couldn’t help but wonder… why did they want me to speak?
The answer, while it might seem obvious, wasn’t one that I was prepared for. They wanted me to speak because I had an interesting topic, knowledge to share (with experience to back it up), I knew what I was doing, and I was good at it. I, however, was struggling with something known as “impostor syndrome,” which in short, meant that I still felt like I didn’t belong there, I didn’t know what I was doing, and as soon as someone realized they had made a mistake choosing my session, they’d take it away from me. This sensation is more common than you might think and something that many people struggle with; particularly in industries, such as the arts, where budgets (and staff) tend to be smaller. Read the Article