Twitter Taught Me to Stop Apologizing

“Well, I was thinking that we should…”

“I believe that we could…”

“I think that it might be better if…”

Do any of those sound like statements that would stop you in your tracks?

My name is Niki, and I am an apologist. Actually, a reformed apologist. I would couch my statements with about 15 more words than they needed, often using “I think” or “I believe” as a way of saying, “Well, this is just my opinion, but…” I remember getting a paper back eons ago, where the professor slashed through the “I think” with red ink, adding, “We know it’s your opinion. You don’t need to remind us.”

I have spent many years, many faculty and staff meetings, many presentations, trying to erase the uncertainty from my statements. Then along comes Twitter, and “I think” and “I believe” are a waste of characters. You cannot present a disclaimer and a statement. 140 characters is just enough space for the presentation of the idea.

In addition to brevity, Twitter offered me a fabulous network of professionals that supported my voice, and the apologies fell away.

So, make a statement. We value your opinion.