Imposter Syndrome Masterclass


(25 ratings)


8 Days


Cohort-based Course

Harness the tools that will help you embrace self-doubt and peak your self-confidence in time for your next career challenge.

Course overview

Turn your crippling imposter experience into a career-building superpower.

You get: 10 video lessons 9 self-paced challenges 1 live session a signed hardback copy of Marc's book an exclusive momento for course alumni...

From the author of the uniquely data-driven new book on managing the so-called Imposter Syndrome comes the interactive workshop that teaches the tools you need to reframe your relationship with the feelings of being a fraud in the workplace.

"You're NOT good enough...

...those people to whom you compare yourself are every bit as superior as you think they are.

They know more than you...and they're going to find you OUT!"

Sound familiar?

This is how you speak to yourself when you think you're a fraud but all the hard evidence of your success says otherwise.

This self-doubting, confidence-draining voice in your head is the so-called Imposter Syndrome.

But you DO know enough...

...and as part of this community, you will connect with the others who feel as you do.

You will discover the hidden histories behind the personal and professional origins of the Imposter Syndrome.

From new research directed by Marc (your host), you will acquire the tools and frameworks to prevent your self-doubt from interfering with your day-to-day life and career.

This is NOT an Imposter Syndrome workshop...

...this is the workshop that will convince you to ditch the term 'imposter syndrome' forever.

Recast 'syndrome' as 'phenomenon' and build your path towards teaching others how common the imposter experience actually is.

Who is this workshop for?


Ambitious early-career scientists who feel like a fraud and want to find the community of others who feel as they do.


University graduates who want to grow their self-confidence to make the most of their first major career move.


Emerging leaders who want to level-up their ability to serve others in their team who might struggle with self-confidence.


Career-changers moving between academia and industry who worry that they don't know enough compared to those on the 'other side'.

What you’ll get out of this workshop

Enhance your awareness of how language impacts the severity of your imposter experiences.
  • Critique the common terms associated with Imposter Syndrome.
  • Recast 'syndrome' as 'phenomenon' and build your path towards teaching others how common the imposter experience actually is.
Produce your case against the 'imposter' label.
  • Break down all the mechanisms through which genuine imposters come to be.
  • Build the case against having ever labeled yourself as a phoney by investigating the psychological 'opposite' of the Imposter Syndrome.
Reframe social comparison to focus on self-improvement.
  • Design a path to a productive focus on comparing you to an earlier version of yourself.
  • Break free from social comparisons that are holding you back by testing how your workplace metrics influence your decision-making.
A toolkit for turning repeated rejection into real opportunity.
  • Deploy a subtle class of storytelling to reveal the fullness of your efforts from a hidden side of your resumé.
  • Write and report on your approach to turning failures into experiments.
Construct a productivity-enhancing approach to gratitude.
  • Dive deep into the odds of ever being alive!
  • Reflect on the genealogy frameworks that will maximise your time spent on action, celebrating success, and avoiding self-sabotage.
Principles of leadership for when the imposter tables turn.
  • Devise an approach to support team members who might share their own imposter struggles.
  • Collaborate with your course cohort to compose an approach to supporting others who might confide in you the story of their imposter struggles.

This course includes

Interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

24 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

9 projects to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Jul 6—Jul 7

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Free preview

      A Warm Welcome!

    • Setting the Scene

  • Week 2

    Jul 8—Jul 13

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • 1. Find the others!

    • 2. What drives you to 'succeed'?

    • 3. Which imposter are you?

    • 4. Your Imposter Cycle

    • 5. Genuine imposters

    • 6. Finding a new perspective

    • 7. Fail better

    • 8. Comparing carefully

    • 9. Questioning Your Brain

    • 10. Without you, it had never been.

  • Bonus


    • Bonus video: Novelty and the Unknown

    • Bonus video: Academia, Entrepreneurship, and Feeling Like a Fraud

    • Bonus video: Revisiting the Imposter Phenomenon


(25 ratings)

What students are saying

Workshop schedule

09:00 – 12:00 EST (time zone may vary)
  • Part 1


    Our live session begins with a reflective exercise followed by a breakout session for you to learn about yourself and your cohort.

    Using data generated for your cohort, by your cohort, interactive exercises help you see that you're not alone in feeling like a fraud.

  • Part 2


    A series of individual projects and peer feedback challenges introduce you to tools you need to question your relationship with the so-called Imposter Syndrome.

  • Part 3


    By the end of the Imposter Syndrome Masterclass, you will swap your short-term self-doubt for long-term self-confidence.

    During the final part of the session, you will identify your strategies for how you will face every new imposter experience from here on out.

What people are saying

        I loved how Marc used cohort responses to take us through each term and topic.
Ivan Sasselli, PhD

Ivan Sasselli, PhD

Senior Scientist
        Marc's course was very interactive and fostered a sense of community.
Sara Kyne, PhD

Sara Kyne, PhD

Associate Professor
        I enjoyed the "realness" of it. I didn't feel like I was being lectured to - it was very relatable.
Jessica Holien, PhD

Jessica Holien, PhD

Vice Chancellor's Fellow
        I was most captured by seeing that I was not alone in my imposter experience. The interactiveness was great too!
Audrey Ndukwe

Audrey Ndukwe

PhD Student

Meet Marc

Marc Reid, PhD

Marc Reid, PhD

Course Leader

Based in Scotland, Marc is an award-winning scientist, author and speaker. Yet, his experience of the so-called Imposter Syndrome threatened to end his career before it began.

He is the author of You Are (Not) a Fraud: A Scientist's Guide to the Imposter Phenomenon.

From Marc's once secret journal emerged a research journey to discover the hidden stories of high achievers who feel like they're a fraud about to be 'found out' and fired.

Based on the book's 18 exercises, and workshops delivered to audiences around the world, Marc's cohort-based course makes a single promise:

To turn your imposter experience from potential saboteur to career-long superpower.

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This workshop is built around Marc's authoritative book You Are (Not) a Fraud.

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Trusted across sectors, over the globe.

Trusted across sectors, over the globe.

Uniquely data-driven content

Workshop exercises are derived from over 5 years of Marc's book-related research.

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams. Together, you will complete innovative exercises to generate insightful, anonymised data for the cohort, by the cohort.

Led by a world-class scientist and facilitator

100% of surveyed participants in the Imposter Syndrome Masterclass highly recommended Marc as a course facilitator.

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Join an upcoming cohort

Imposter Syndrome Masterclass

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$299 USD


July 5—12, 2024

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July 4, 2024

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$299 USD




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