I try to attend one WWC event each month, and they've been making this increasingly easy since they always provide informative and interesting events or workshops (the Algorithms workshop being my favorite). The event they hosted this Wednesday was #HIREWWCode Workshop: Building Your Digital Presence, it's one workshop in a series that is aimed at helping women in the tech professional world. I learned a lot! So I'm going to narrow it down to two speakers (there were five) and what they had to share.
The first speaker was Tami Reiss, CEO of Cyrus Innovation, and she spoke about combatting imposter syndrome. Here are some key points I took away:
- You got the job. This means you have what it takes to be there
Get your confidence on. Women need to know 80% in order to feel confident, men need 20%, so most of the time you may know more than they do - Whoa! interesting.
Physical presence: you have a voice so contribute. And if someone cuts you off say “excuse me I have something to say.” Which is just a polite a way to say you just cut me off. Speak confidently - no “Um's” “I think's.” If you’re excited or passionate about it express that. (Love this)
In email the only thing you have are the words on the screen.
Power pose - do it! (I have to try this one day)
If you’ve done something, be proud of it
You are smart, you are confident, and you deserve to have a voice.
All great stuff! The next woman I'd like to highlight, also the woman who inspired me to make time to write this post, is Ayuna Vogel. She spoke about technical writing and overcoming writer's block. Here's some of my take away from what she had to say:
- You can’t change the world unless you believe you can change it - work on changing your mindset.
- You’re not an expert, but somebody else has the same problem. You have a moral obligation to write about something you’ve figured out, also it’s good for your own reference - this is true! I’ve done this!
- What if I’m wrong? Well, especially in my case, no one is reading anyway and you can easily edit or delete.
If someone tries to correct you, double check to see if they know what they’re talking about
Write as you speak
Explain to grandma
Don’t say I’m not good, say I’m going to learn it
Why blog? It helps you learn and it documents your progress. (SO. TRUE!)
Talk about our projects
When blogging consider... What does the post tell about you? What does it characterize about you - show passion, skills aren’t as important as your passion, because whatever you don’t know you can learn it.
- Posts shouldn’t be purely technical
Ayuna also gave us time to brainstorm our next or first blog post, I brainstormed about a post that I will be uploading tomorrow.
Overall it was a great workshop, I met some amazing women and I'm grateful for all the women who gave their time and knowledge.