Thursday, June 07, 2012

Improv @ Seattle Code Camp

Ted Neward is doing a session on Improv at the 2012 Seattle Code Camp. So I am excited to go to a code camp to take a tiny Improv workshop. As I said here, I have been doing improve for the past couple of years. My worlds come together.

I have been doing a lot of thinking about how Improv would benefit many of us nerds and geeks (Geekprov anyone?) You know the classic stereotype of a computer programmer: a socially awkward recluse who spends whole nights in a dark room coding with a 2 liter of Mountain Dew and cold pizza. I am the poster child.

Since I have started to improvise, I have been braver; I have spoken in public several times. I feel that I listen better and feel better equipped to deal with change. I can better deal with fear and failure. When I find myself in a Dilbertian situation, I think about how I would use it in a scene. I believe other geeks could benefit from Improv.

I have toyed with the idea of bring Improv to the unwashed developer masses. I’m not sure how I would do it in an hour session. Would it be lecture or practice? What would I do for the hour? I am looking forward to seeing what Ted has in mind. Ted Neward is Cool!

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