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Silencing The Imposter (Gary Frey)

  • Episode #74

Even coaches sometimes deal with feeling like a fraud, says Gary Frey. He talks about how he was able to silence his own Imposter Syndrome using ‘The Seven Weapons’ and as a result, found success in his coaching practice.

Gary Frey stumbled into coaching ‘by accident’ but has created a successful practice. He is now considered a connector and confidant for CEOs and hosts his own podcast that highlights the vulnerable side of entrepreneurship. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • Gary’s roller coaster journey throughout the entrepreneurial life that led him to coaching
  • How Imposter Syndrome affected Gary when he first got started as a coach
  • Imposter Syndrome being a natural and common  part of the human experience 
  • How comparing yourself to your idea of others can negatively impact your confidence in your own abilities
  • The Seven Weapons you can use to silence Imposter Syndrome and negative self-talk 
  • How opening up about your own feelings of Imposter Syndrome can create a safe space for colleagues and your clients to do the same
  • How to sensitively broach the subject during coaching sessions with your clients
  • The importance of embracing the things that make you unique 
“This comparison that happens where we inflate the abilities… of everybody else and we diminish our own, that I think, is probably the best example of what it is…. Those are the kinds of things that go hand in hand with Impostor Syndrome.”

Gary Frey
Gary Frey

Gary is a connector, “MacGyver,” and confidant for CEOs plus co-host of the Anything but TypicalPodcast featuring vulnerable stories of ripple-making entrepreneurs. He’s been president of four successful companies, including, a business news portal – growing it from three people to a $100 million company. He’s done two turnarounds and led in two Fortune 100 companies. He leads business coaching and development for a regional CPA firm serving privately held businesses. He does a Murph workout every Monday (Google it!), is a triathlete, drummer, father of two grown sons, “Papa” to four grandkids and married for over 39 years.

Resources or websites mentioned in this episode:
Coaches Console
Gary’s LinkedIn
Gary’s website
Gary’s podcast

Guest: Gary Frey
Host: Melinda Cohan
Producer: Cynthia Lamb 
Executive producer: Danny Iny
Scripted and assembled  by: Michi Lantz 
Audio Post Supervisor: Evan Miles, Christopher Martin
Audio Post Production: Post Office Sound
Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
Making our hosts sound great: Home Brew Audio

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Music and SFX credits:
Track Title: Clouds
Artist Name(s): Acreage
Writer Name: Marshall Usinger

Track Title: Coastline Dream
Artist Name(s): Wild Sky
Writer Name: Adam Simons

Track Title: Coo Coos
Artist Name(s): Dresden, The Flamingo
Writer Name: Matthew Wigton

Track Title: Stars & Trees
Artist Name(s): Outside The Sky
Writer Name: Dustin Ransom


Just Between Coaches

This show is like Oprah’s couch, where conversations cut straight to the heart of the topic, but... it’s only for coaches! Melinda Cohan of the Coaches Console explores the tough questions coaches face on a regular basis. With a new guest host each episode, Melinda provides tactical advice and strategies to address issues like “How do I deal with price resistance?” and “Should I fire my client?”