In an experimental event from Double Dutch, I was asked to participate as a featured storyteller. There were four storytellers and we each were asked to spend five minutes to talk about something that we’ve never spoken about before.
The topic could be work-related or it could be on a more personal note. I chose to speak about what it was like teaching Creative Coding to a room full of women (go team!) and how important it was for self-advocacy and clear communication. My story focused on how these very bright students immediately qualified their hard work by saying “I know how to code …. kinda!” or “Well I almost can do it.”
My main message to the crowd, and to myself as well, was that any time you qualify your work or downplay your ability, you rob yourself of opportunities for growth and future collaboration.