Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman says impostor syndrome makes her a better presenter
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Presenter Claudia Winkleman said her impostor syndrome makes her a better presenter.
The Strictly Come Dancing co-host, 48, is one of the best-known faces on television and has presented the BBC One opposite Tess Daly since the departure of the late Bruce Forsyth in 2014.
Radio DJ Chris Evans asked Claudia on his podcast How to Wow on the status of her impostor syndrome, where a person doubts their talents and skills and fear being exposed as a fraud.
Claudia described her impostor syndrome as: "Rampant… raging. I'm thanking my parents for the elaborate ways they have made me feel successful.
"I think Strictly is just a lovely home video they've created for me so I don't think it's all been a disaster."
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Despite the feeling that she does not deserve her success, Claudia insisted these doubts make her better at her job.
"I think impostor syndrome is quite important," opined Claudia.
"There are lots of things we're told that are really bad, like guilt, but guilt is quite important as if you feel guilty about something it's probably true.
"And I think we should also feel impostor syndrome a bit.
"We've met people who go 'I'm born for this' and they are tools."
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However, Claudia did add that impostor syndrome is not good if it impacts your everyday life too much.
She noted: "Not if it's crippling, and not if it's about anxiety or anybody is really struggling at work, but I think feeling that you're going to get caught out just slightly makes you work harder, makes you grateful, and makes you better at your job."
Claudia stated: "I think that's a much more natural and better way to be."
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Yet, despite Strictly Come Dancing being one of the biggest television shows in the UK, Claudia still does not feel particularly famous.
"I don't feel famous on any level," she surmised.
She added: "If you think about what I actually do or when I appear, it's just 10 weekends in autumn, that's it."
Strictly Come Dancing continues on weekends on BBC One, with results shows on 7.15pm on Sundays.
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