Though you may know your good at your job and have accomplished a lot when it comes to sharing that news with others many people struggle, especially women. Luckily, now there is a class to help you become a better bragger.
Jen Brown is the teacher for a new two-hour workshop called “UnHumble: How to Stop Playing Small and Be a Badass.” The $40 class is specifically designed to help women get better at bragging through improv techniques. It will be held at the Brooklyn Brainery on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. and on May 24.
The class is clearly needed as a May 2013 study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that women who work with men tend to take less credit for their work than those who collaborate with other women. They also speak up less which can significantly impact their career in a negative way. A 2012 report from management consulting firm Accenture called “The Next Generation of Working Women” found that women are less likely to speak up than men at work and less likely to take an active role in managing their careers.
Fake it ’til you make it
According to Moneyish, the class uses improvisations because it will prepare the women for real-life scenarios better. Charly Evon Simpson, an “UnHumble” workshop instructors, told Moneyish, “Improv is supposed to be playful, and because there’s no real stakes, you don’t have to be nervous about making a mistake. The most basic improv game is ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ — and a big part of not selling yourself short is pretending ‘I’m a badass’ until you finally believe it.”
UnHumble is part of The Engaging Educator, Brown’s series of interactive workshops around New York City designed to get female professionals more confident at work.