“I feel like I’m failing at everything in my life,” Vicky confided one busy afternoon two years ago.
I’ve often felt the same.

Vicky and I (her name is changed to protect her privacy) were discussing the challenges of communicating in the 21st century. I was preparing a lesson for a comms graduate course at Western and had called her for subject matter expertise on corporate social responsibility.

But our conversation quickly shifted to commiserating about our shared challenges navigating comms work in the 21st century. Why did it feel like things were getting harder? Why were we questioning our expertise, our intelligence, our ability to manage projects… even as we were objectively getting better and more experienced at our roles? Read more