In this episode I chat with Catt Small about two major things: getting kids interested in programming, and her e-book: How to Become a Public Speaker in 1 Year: Gain the confidence to engage audiences on and off stage. My favorite quote from the episode:
“Fashion and makeup and all these things that are pushed toward young women: that’s a big space where they could be learning more about programming and coding.”
On Teaching Kids To Code
We talked about how her love of fashion inspired her to start coding as a pre-teen, and how I can *hopefully* get my little niece into coding too. Catt uses game development to teach people to code through the process of creating games, so I'll try that next! Here is a cool repo she uses to help kids figure out how games work so she can teach them how to code: https://github.com/cattsmall/Phaser-game
How to Become a Public Speaker in 1 Year
I read the book myself, which inspired me to reach out to Catt for an interview. I loved that the book comes with worksheets that you can easily print out, and scribble on. We dug into why she decided to write the ebook, what conferences she speaks at, which conferences she skips, and how to tailor your talk to the right audience. She also explains how speaking at conferences has helped boost her career.
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