Don't fake it until you make it
Instead, remember what you already know
This IfWeRaise newsletter contains:
• New faces, latest news at IfWeRaise
• Three useful links
• Final thought
😃 New faces, latest news at IfWeRaise
Welcome to Ben Rosenbaum who recently joined as an angel advisor, bringing his experience as a founder, operator and angel.
We ran our first founder mixer workshop last Friday, kicking off with elevator pitch practice and then exploring how IfWeRaise can have the biggest impact on our members.
With an inspirational panel of angel advisors, and founders who have taken big steps forward with their business, we’re starting to collate lessons learned from MVP #1 and look to the next iteration of the platform.
Know a founder who could benefit from IfWeRaise? Founders (and angel advisors) can register interest via ifweraise.com or drop us an email.
⭐ Three useful links
Founderfest by Foundervine - 23 May at County Hall, London. Looks like an impressive speaker lineup, all focused on inclusive growth.
Hattie’s latest podcast episode is out, she’s interviewing the serial founder Lauren Currie OBE on why confidence isn’t a one size fits all topic and what systemic issues underpin imposter syndrome.
Esme Verity of Considered Capital is hosting VC Zoe Peden on the topic of Raising from Impact VC’s on Thursday at 1PM (tickets are free).
💭 Final thought
This article is a great (long) read, offering a different perspective on how to develop confidence when you’re conscious you’re operating out of your comfort zone.
Don’t “Fake It Till You Make It” - Instead, remember what you know
In coaching early-stage startup founders, I hear a lot of speculation about what investors care about: They’re more likely to invest in someone who “sounds like they know what they’re doing,” who “can answer their questions with confidence,” etc. These speculations are usually accompanied by a great deal of impostor syndrome—i.e., the nagging fear that one’s facade of certainty and confidence will be stripped away to reveal the floundering rookie founder underneath.
What if, instead, we take our anxiety as a cue to form (or re-form) a fuller and more honest view of the situation, and let that be what guides our response? I refer to this approach as “remembering what you know.” It is a framework that helps me understand and more effectively implement the wide range of science-based techniques both for regulating our conflicted emotions in the moment, and reprogramming them over time.
Tim and Hattie