Music Ed Mentor Podcast #63: Comparanoia™, Imposter Syndrome, and Faking It


This episode on “Comparanoia™” is about something that I feel, and I’m sure YOU feel, quite poignantly this time of year: inadequacy. Whether you’re struggling with classroom management or just worried that your friend’s winter concert has better props and lighting than yours, it’s easy for imposter syndrome to creep up on you.

That’s why for this episode I brought in the man trademarked the term “Comparanoia™”, Davide DiGiorgio. Davide is fresh of a wildly popular TEDx talk where he shares how to be Unapologetic about just being YOU. Davide is also an award-winning theater producer, composer and acclaimed educator.

From band to choir, small ensembles to musical theater, Davide has spent his career and life dedicated to raising the bar and being a positive role model for students, teachers, and parents.

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Topics Covered

  • What is “Comparanoia™”?
  • How to avoid imposter syndrome
  • Finding ways to celebrate yourself
  • Simple, every day techniques for supporting yourself

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Elisa Janson Jones

An experienced K8 music educator, Elisa Janson Jones specializes in helping music educators build, manage, and grow thriving school music programs and have long and happy careers. She holds a bachelor of music from Brigham Young University and a master of business administration from Western Governors University. Elisa uses her vast and diverse skillset to help nonprofits, businesses, and music educators around the world. She serves as conductor of her local community band, a columnist for SBO Magazine, and maintains a private lesson studio. Elisa is a nationally-recognized speaker, the host and producer of the Music Ed Mentor Podcast, founder of the International Music Education Summit, and author of The Music Educator’s Guide to Thrive.

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