Equipping women to overcome “imposter” feelings and their inner critics so that they can face the challenge of trying to do it all and provide the courageous and caring leadership that our organisations and families need.

Dr Margaret Collins

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

Women hold less than a quarter of senior roles in organisations – are we ready to change that 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 more innovative output.

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

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 learn to 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 an expert on dealing with feelings of Imposter Syndrome – author of the best seller: “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 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.

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.

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!


Customisable Coaching Packages

How can coaching help you? You can use your coaching package to tackle any challenges you face.

Many of my clients face a combination of events or circumstances that bring them to this place of decision. They don’t quite see how to demonstrate that leadership presence or where their confidence will come from. Maybe they wonder how they will manage their new responsibilities or juggle their work with extra caring demands. Other challenges fit a format – like searching for a new job or overcoming overwhelm. We will adapt and customise any coaching to match your journey, something bespoke, just for you – including elements of mentoring or training as you want. Examples of common themes are highlighted below: 

Imposter to Empowered 

You’re increasingly frustrated by hiding, trying to stay small. 

You’ve done all the work, the courses, the training and still you doubt yourself. The courage to speak up eludes you.

Even though you’re running hard to keep up, your perfectionism is a secret pride. It’s exhausting.

You know you’re over-thinking everything; your decisions, answering emails, anticipating meetings. Your self-doubt is always there.
If only you could feel as confident as others think you are…

Overcoming overwhelm

You’ve a great job? Maybe several!

Manager?  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 often have more caring responsibilities and carry more of the emotional load. It’s just exhausting.

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


The Confidence to Lead 

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 and develop a confidence that feels real, authentic, that speaks to who you want to be and the difference you want to make.

Find out more about "From Imposter to Empowered" coaching

My most popular coaching package is a 12 session programme which addresses elements of time and energy management, building leadership confidence and overcoming Imposter Syndrome feelings.

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: Imposter Syndrome Sources & Solutions

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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!


Book a call with Margaret

Arrange a simple, no obligation conversation. Let’s talk soon!