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Five ways to conquer self-doubt

HerCanberra Team

“Sometimes women don’t push themselves forward as much as they could; they want to be able to do 100% of the job before they put their hand up, whereas a bloke might be happy at 50 or 60…that’s why I say to women, ‘chance your arm, because the blokes will.’

Those are the words of Kathryn Campbell, head of the Department of Human Services and one of just five female secretaries in the Australian Public Service. The self-doubt she speaks about is a common issue for many women, of all ages and stages, and often rears its ugly head in job interview situations.

“It’s the classic scenario,” says Tania Bunk, a trained Life Coach and Human Resources professional, from Captured Communications. “We know we have the skills or we wouldn’t have applied for the position in the first place. We even get as far as landing an interview, and then WHAM! That little voice of self-doubt creeps in.”

“Even when everyone around us is saying ‘Go for it! You can do it!’, we listen to our own head and rely on others for self-validation. And it’s not isolated to an interview situation—it could be starting a new health or fitness plan, creating a new business or even applying for a role on our kids’ school committees.”

Tania says women often call on their own strengths and abilities when challenging situations arise; identifying and tapping into these qualities can help women perform well any time they’re faced with new experiences and possibly exiting their comfort zones.

“There are many strategies that women can use to maximise their assets. One of the most powerful is learning to source stillness within themselves in any new exciting, challenging or difficult situation,” she says.

Tania’s background as a professional actor has given her a unique insight into how to do this. “Combining acting methodologies with human resource strategies results in another form of mindfulness that is really more about awareness of self.”


  • Acknowledge the positive qualities others can quickly identify in you but you are not so sure of yourself.
  • Recognise the qualities you love about yourself and those you would like to spend more time developing.
  • Learn how to source stillness within to tap into your resources even in chaotic, challenging or anxiety inducing situations.
  • Acknowledge how and when you have called on inherent abilities in past tricky or difficult situations.
  • Rely on your own internal validation and take on board any other external validation as an extra added bonus.

Want to learn more? Tania is running a workshop on 27 February to share these strategies with other women. As part of the workshop, participants will receive a take home workbook with activities to remind them of the strategies they can implement in times of self-doubt.

The workbook, which contains a series of links to webinars and also check-ins with Tania, is usually priced at $195 but is included as part of the workshop.

the essentials

What: The Female’s Guide to Self-Validation Workshop.
Where: 65 Canberra Ave, Manuka
When: Saturday 27 February, 10am-1pm. Stay after for a chat and a light lunch.
Cost: $275

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