Webinar: Quieting your inner critic

An excerpt from the “Quieting your inner critic” online event. Career Account members can watch the full recording below.

That little voice of self-doubt — the voice of our inner critic — affects us all at some point in our lives and careers. Executive career and leadership coach Shana Montesol Johnson says that she sees the inner critic a lot in working with professionals and leaders in the global development sector.

Reflecting on her own experience battling self-doubt, Johnson says that having some awareness of your inner critic and the tools to deal with it can be a “game changer.” She joined Devex to talk about the importance of recognizing and quieting that voice, which can otherwise prevent us from reaching our full potential in our professional and personal lives.

The inner critic is something “that as humans, we all experience,” explains Johnson but “the messages that it gives us are sometimes so harsh and critical that you would never imagine saying them to a friend or a loved one.”

“The good news is that you don’t need to figure out how to be more confident,” says Johnson. “What you need to do is shift your relationship to self-doubt, and it’s actually not that difficult to do that.” During this webinar, Johnson shares techniques that will allow you recognize the voice of your inner critic — which is the first and most important step — and advice for how you can respond to and beat those negative thoughts.

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  • Emma smith

    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a reporting and communications associate at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.