Equipping women to face the challenge of trying to do it all, overcome “imposter” feelings and provide the courageous and caring leadership that our Universities and families need.

Dr Margaret Collins

 The challenge of trying to do it all while feeling like a fraud

With less than a quarter of senior roles in universities filled by women it’s time to change the balance.

As researcher, manager or leader, we need to believe the research that diversity – our difference – really makes a difference, increases creativity and productivity, that diverse teams have higher morale and output.

Many women feel stressed, by the overwhelming workload, the constant juggling, trying to do it all. Even after years of training we often feel insecure, a fraud, an imposter, as if making it up as we go along.

To make it worse, we are also our own worst critics and know our shortcomings well. When faced with opportunity, we hesitate or hold back asking “Am I really good enough?” or “Do I even want the extra work?!”.

I can help you overcome “imposter” feelings, build your self-confidence, clarify your priorities, manage time and energy. Would you like to find out how?

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Why work with me?

The good news is you can overcome Imposter Syndrome feelings, develop the courage to step forward, to lead – yourself, your field, your teams – with a quiet confidence and presence.

And yes, we can look to take back control of your overwhelming schedule, prioritising, delegating, managing your energy more effectively and even requesting help or support.

There may be days you’re not sure if you’re good enough, wonder whether you need to work harder or maybe quit while you’re ahead – don’t worry, working together we can develop a sense of purpose and direction that guides your choices and allows you to bring your skills to the world feeling more calm and confident, with a greater sense of control.

I’m Dr Margaret Collins, one-time Academic, professional coach, Director of Training for Universities and the UK’s leading expert on dealing with feelings of Imposter Syndrome – author of “Beyond Imposter Syndrome”.

I work with women who want to face the next challenge in their life or career with more courage, confidence and a sense of calm. I offer coaching programmes, mentoring and training workshops so that you can choose the tools you need to be your best.

Previous coaching clients have said:

I am getting work things done faster with greater motivation and “lightness” – get it done and move on. It’s an attitude and skill I have admired in others for a very long time but always felt at a loss as how to emulate it. Ruth

I have to tell you that I do not sleep well the night of the call! I thought that tea, coffee and chocolate were to blame but it’s simply that my head is buzzing. Last night I just had to get out of bed and make a to-do-list, just of the things we had discussed. Pat

It was a pleasure to meet you last week – I really enjoyed the session. Indeed, I have been recommending you to my colleagues non-stop, describing you (if you don’t mind) as exactly “the small gin & tonic” I needed!  I really did get a lot out of it! Colette

Choose Your Customisable Coaching Package

My clients are highly skilled, talented and often exhausted from the constant struggle to fit everything in. You’ve worked and trained – often for years – and yet you’re possibly not clear on how to take the next step. Despite all your experience you still doubt yourself, feel that you’re running hard just to keep up, wonder how you’ve not been found out. Strangely people seem to trust you more than you trust yourself.

Many of my clients face challenges that are unique to them, a combination of events or circumstances bring them to this place. They don’t quite see how to show that leadership presence, where their confidence will come from or how they will cope with the extra responsibilities. Other challenges fit a format – like searching for a new job or overcoming overwhelm. If this is you, one of the following coaching programmes could be just what you want – have a look and see. Alternatively we can adapt or customise any package to match your coaching journey or create something bespoke, just for you – including elements of mentoring or training as you want. Have a look at the options below. 

Package 1: Choosing or Changing Career


Coming to the end of your contract, PhD or postdoc? Deciding what to do next?

Maybe you want to stay in research – or maybe you don’t. Perhaps you know you don’t want a postdoc contract but, what else or where else can you go?

Explore your transferrable skills and map them to a different career path. Let’s figure it out together!.

Package 2: Ready to Rise


You’ve found a job or a role that you love. You’re ready to settle in, make an impact or seek promotion.

So how do you progress? How do you get noticed without being arrogant?

How do you manage your workload? What do you need to be ready?

A combination of coaching and mentoring might make your path to progression smoother and less stressful.

Package 3: Overcoming Overwhelm

You’ve a great job? More likely you have several.
Researcher? Lecturer? Administrator?
Cook – Cleaner – Bottle-Washer?

Women juggle many personal and professional roles. We’re more likely to volunteer – or be volunteered – for service oriented roles. At home we have more caring responsibilities. It’s just exhausting.

There is a better way to manage your energy and overcome overwhelm.

Package 4: From Imposter to Empowered

You’ve made your mark. Maybe you’ve been promoted or appointed to a leadership position. Others trust you. You maybe doubt yourself.

People look to you for leadership, opinion or setting direction. You possibly feel like you’re making it up as you go along.

You’re developing a leadership style and you‘d really like to figure out how to overcome your inner critic, your self-doubt and feel as confident as others think you are… 

Other Ways to Work with Margaret

Buy the Book: "Beyond Imposter Syndrome"

Beyond Imposter Syndrome, Margaret's Best Seller Amazon Best Seller

Proven Strategies for building confidence and finally feeling good enough.

Online: Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

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This four-module, online programme provides insight and practical tools for women who want to understand and move beyond their imposter feelings and finally tame their inner critic.

I wanted to say THANK YOU! 😊. Reflecting on your comments about energy management (and not answering emails first thing in the morning) has revolutionised my productivity!

Understanding why I was procrastinating (task too big/ doing the wrong task for my energy) has totally changed my entire perspective and I feel so much more effective for it!


I just wanted to let you know that this course was absolutely fantastic.  Margaret is a superb course leader and it was without doubt the best day course I’ve ever been on. I learned:
– Don’t let your inner critic rule
– Be brave, be courageous
– Learn to recognise why you feel like this and how to change your beliefs or actions.
I’d definitely recommend the session to others.


I came to the workshop with a deep fear of public speaking but left wanting to conquer that fear and perhaps even enjoy the experience in the future. Your calm demeanour and sound advice will, I hope, stay with me and inspire me, not only when called upon to give a presentation but also in day to day life. I really didn’t expect to have so much fun and to come away having thoroughly enjoyed the day!


Margaret’s Workshops

Imposter Syndrome Solutions

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Are you affected by imposter feelings?
Despite being good at your work:

  • you don’t put yourself forward or take big risks
  • you keep quiet rather than speak up
  • you often feel you’re not good enough…

There is a better way.

Dare to Lead™

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown A courage-building curriculum based on the research of Brené Brown,

Brave leaders are needed at all levels within our organisations, people who have the skills to have difficult conversations, to step up, to speak out.

Many leaders don’t have titles or status, but are known for courage and honesty.

Such courage needs vulnerability, to show up because it is the right thing to do.  We can learn how to be courageous. 

Time & Energy Management

Working at a laptopA different approach to prioritsation and getting things done, managing time and energy together.

This combination of practical tools addresses:

  • the myth that we need to be Superwoman
  • energy management as a key success strategy
  • using our brains as they are designed to work! 

Participants in this workshop can access a personal Women’s PowerTypes™ profile