Show Notes

Air Date: 5/2/2023

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome and Grow Your Personal Brand, With Kris Kelso

Do you know what imposter syndrome is? In this episode, Nancy speaks with Kris Kelso, author of “Overcoming The Impostor,” about what imposter syndrome is, how to overcome it and how overcoming it can benefit your personal brand. Kris also talks about his career and his public speaking journey. Kris shares how writing his book helped him become a thought leader and how his PR plan helped spread the word about his book.  

4:24 – Kris talks about his career, starting in music, software development and tech, and now as a leadership coach.  

5:50 – Kris explains why he decided to enroll in Heroic Public Speaking.  

9:25 – Kris gives an overview of what imposter syndrome is.  

12:50 – Kris talks about mindset differences.  

20:06 – Kris gives tips for how to overcome imposter syndrome.  

27:09 – Kris talks about his book, “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence.” 

27:38 – Kris explains how he considered using a guest writer for his book because he had imposter syndrome.  

29:28 – Kris talks about how his book has helped establish him as a thought leader.  

31:27 – Kris describes the PR plan he had for his book. 

34:15 – Kris shares some resources that have been helpful to him.   



“This really applies to digital marketing and those little bets. Whenever I try something for the first time, there are only two outcomes that I’m going to get. I’m either going to succeed or I’m going to learn. It’s one of those two and either one is a net gain.”– Kris Kelso, Keynote Speaker, Author and Leadership Coach 



Heroic Public Speaking

Dexterity Books

“DIY Brain” by Dr. Roger Hall


Check out this blog article about personal branding.


About the guest:     

Kris Kelso is a professional speaker, a certified leadership coach, a two-time entrepreneur, and a mentor to leaders around the world. He’s the author of “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence.” Kris is a faculty instructor at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and is a contributing writer for Fast Company Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and The Nashville Business Journal. He has unusually specific willpower, having not eaten a single donut in the past 17 years. 


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Twitter: @kriskelso