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The PR Maven Podcast

The PR Maven® Podcast is the combination of traditional networking techniques combined with the power of social media to build your personal and professional brand. The podcast features interviews with industry leaders, top executives, media personalities and online influencers about public relations and their personal brand. Each week, Nancy connects with a special guest to talk about their career, and business or organization, as well as the latest news and events that will give listeners a unique perspective on the world of public relations, marketing and personal branding, including actionable takeaways.

May 2, 2023

Do you know what imposter syndrome is? In this episode, Nancy speaks with Kris Kelso, author of Overcoming The Impostor,” about what imposter syndrome is, how to overcome it and how overcoming it can benefit your personal brand. Kris also talks about his career and his public speaking journey. Kris shares how writing his book helped him become a thought leader and how his PR plan helped spread the word about his book.  

4:24 Kris talks about his career, starting in music, software development and tech, and now as a leadership coach 

5:50 Kris explains why he decided to enroll in Heroic Public Speaking 

9:25 Kris gives an overview of what imposter syndrome is 

12:50 Kris talks about mindset differences 

20:06 Kris gives tips for how to overcome imposter syndrome 

27:09 Kris talks about his book, “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence.” 

27:38 Kris explains how he considered using a guest writer for his book because he had imposter syndrome 

29:28 Kris talks about how his book has helped establish him as a thought leader 

31:27 Kris describes the PR plan he had for his book. 

34:15 – Kris shares some resources that have been helpful to him.   



This really applies to digital marketing and those little bets. Whenever I try something for the first time, there are only two outcomes that I'm going to get. I'm either going to succeed or I'm going to learn. It's one of those two and either one is a net gain. Kris Kelso, Keynote Speaker, Author and Leadership Coach 



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About the guest:     

Kris Kelso is a professional speaker, a certified leadership coach, a two-time entrepreneur, and a mentor to leaders around the world. He’s the author of “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence.” Kris is a faculty instructor at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, and is a contributing writer for Fast Company Magazine, Yahoo Finance, and The Nashville Business Journal. He has unusually specific willpower, having not eaten a single donut in the past 17 years. 


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Twitter: @kriskelso