Jena Ball hosts #txeduchat
Sunday, June 5th at 8pm Central
The myth of perfection & the gift of being imperfect
Jena Ball is the beloved author and illustrator of the CritterKin book series, and an educator on a mission to debunk the myth of perfection and empower others to ignite and express their creativity.
Jena likes to call herself a connoisseur of imperfection. It’s a phrase she coined in 2013 after discovering that children as young as seven, eight and nine believe they’re expected to be perfect. The realization grew out of work she was doing with a group of third graders in Iowa. Students in the class were extremely critical of themselves, saying their “not perfect” work was, “stupid, broken, bad, ugly, messed up and wrong.” Subsequent visits with elementary school students around the world revealed most children felt the same, and expanded Jena’s list of adjectives to nearly 100.
“What identifies us as human beings above all are the powers that flow from our deep resource of imagination –creativity and empathy. Creativity is fundamental because we create our own lives.” – Sir Ken Robinson
Jena’s answer to the myth of perfection is The Not Perfect Hat Club book and related programs and presentations. Based on the lives of three recovering perfectionists, the book chronicles the characters’ journey as they learn that mistakes are only stepping stones to discovery and they can only be perfect at being themselves. Jena’s interactive workshops, webinars and keynotes focus on identifying, uprooting and replacing perfectionist mindsets with ways of seeing and being in the world that encourage iterative, lifelong learning. Ideal for educators, parents, and corporate teams seeking to unlock their employees’ potential, Jena’s events:
- are entertaining and empowering journeys of self-discovery;
- utilize playful, creative interactions to open hearts and minds;
- are grounded in neuroscientific and psychological research, which stress the vital role empathy, compassion and creativity play in shaping and maintaining brain health; and
- leave participants feeling reconnected to their passion and purpose, with the tools they need to maintain and grow that connection.
Prior to embarking on CritterKin, Jena spent more than 30 years crafting features for national publications, developing online courses, and helping small businesses and entrepreneurs articulate and fine tune their messages. She is a passionate, insightful speaker whose humorous, interactive stories make her a favorite with audiences of all ages.