Not On The High Street founder Holly Tucker: I've made peace with my imposter syndrome

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The entrepreneur is the latest guest on The Telegraph's podcast, Imposters, in which women at the top of their careers tell Claire Cohen how they defeated imposter syndrome to get there
The entrepreneur is the latest guest on The Telegraph's podcast, Imposters, in which women at the top of their careers tell Claire Cohen how they defeated imposter syndrome to get there

Entrepreneur and small business champion, Holly Tucker is on a mission to rebrand imposter syndrome. The founder of retail website Not On The High Street and the latest guest on The Telegraph’s podcast, Imposters, tells host, Claire Cohen, why she believes the term is overly negative. “It’s someone just making sure you’re going to be at your best because it knows you’re potentially awesome,” she tells the podcast, which you can listen to using the audio player above. “It's there to protect us, I suppose.”

The businesswoman, who was awarded an MBE for her services to small business and enterprise in 2013, shares her secret to turning your biggest insecurities into your greatest strengths. For Tucker, that’s her struggles with dyslexia. Now the author of two books, she's still hesitant to call herself a writer: “That for me is something I’ve never even said out loud.”

She took to writing later in her career: “It was the Imposter Syndrome stopping me, but it’s now given me a lease of life that I just couldn’t have even dreamt of.”

As a busy working mother, Tucker tells the podcast how she not only felt imposter syndrome in the boardroom, but at the school gates too: “I used to have to pretend to be on a phone call, which probably wouldn’t have helped with anyone not saying hello to me. I felt so incredibly vulnerable because I wasn’t a proper mum either because I wasn’t at sports day, I wasn’t doing the pick up, I didn’t know when the bake sale was.” Her advice is simple: “You might know a woman that’s turning up in the school playground alone. Please go and say hello to her… Or a man!”

Listen to Holly Tucker’s full interview on The Telegraph’s Imposters podcast, digging into the phenomenon of female Imposter Syndrome, using the audio player above, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your preferred podcast app.

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