Signs You're Faking It but Not Making It

The old adage, “Fake it till you make it,” has helped many people get through very challenging situations. Walking into new situations such as starting a new job, mingling with strangers or facilitating a workshop can cause us to feel insecure. In an attempt to neutralize our nervous energy, we portray a persona of confidence. This kind of “faking it” can be a valuable tool and helps us to cope in uncertain situations.


But, here’s the thing we have to watch out for. Sometimes when we are feeling stressed, our nervous behaviors can suddenly show up as if they are on steroids. Here’s an example: A person who is extroverted may be perceived as loud and boisterous when in a stressful and unfamiliar situation. Others may get the impression that this person is arrogant or not authentic.  This may be completely untrue, but if we don’t manage ourselves during these types of situations, we could give the wrong impression. 

Here are 3 common missteps that people make when they are feeling self-conscious or nervous:

Making fun of yourself.
Although it's common to poke fun at ourselves, use this kind of humour sparingly. If you constantly downplay who you are, people will perceive you in the same way you represent yourself.  So always speak approvingly of yourself and others.   


Bragging or dominating the spotlight. When speaking with others, do not dominate the conversation. Confident people share the spotlight by showing interest in other people.


Gossiping. There's an easy trick for breaking the gossip habit. The next time you're tempted to say something derogatory about someone, imagine the person standing next to you.  How would your words make that person feel? How would you feel? Your mother was right – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it.

Next time you feel nervous and less than confident, pay special attention to your “behaviours on steroids.” And, if you catch yourself committing any of the mistakes above, take a breath and reconnect with your authentic self – not your fake self.

If you are a pharmacist and learning strategies to further develop your confidence is of interest to you, AND/OR you are interested in recording your participation in your ePortfolio for CPD, I am running a LIVE online workshop on 9th May from 730pm to 900pm.  Feedback from the pharmacy pilot groups has been very positive and I am optimistic (!) that you will find it beneficial too!

(If you are NOT a pharmacist, we will be running an online workshop, especially for you during International Coaching Week on 20th May)


Register Here for "The Confident Pharmacist" Live Online Workshop 

Feedback from pharmacists who took part in the pilot online workshops

"I loved the course. It was a wonderful experience and connected me to other pharmacists. In addition, it has provided me with an excellent benchmark for my CPD going forward". SR - Pharmacist Employee

Register Here for "The Confident Pharmacist" Live Online Workshop 


Rachel Dungan
4Front Pharmacy Solutions Ltd