Why I Recommend Improv Courses to Software Engineers

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Developing Your Career

Career-wise, taking an improv course is a fantastic way to develop a skill that is often not practiced in software engineering — good communication. Far too often I’ve spent weeks glued to my computer, focusing on deadlines, only to find that when going out with friends I’m not able to articulate myself verbally as well as I normally could. Language, like a muscle, needs to be practiced or it atrophies. Since I don’t often get the chance to communicate at work outside of daily stand-ups, an improv class allows me to stretch my creative, and communicative muscles.

Improving Your Well-Being

The benefits of participating in improv don’t just stop at your career, they can extend to your health and well-being. Participating in a class forces you to take your eyes off a screen and be present in the moment. You’re often immersed in games or scenes that command your full attention. Your mind won’t be thinking about work, relationships, or anything bothering you — since it won’t have the chance. It’s a way to disconnect from the rest of the world and be present in the moment — something we don’t practice often enough in our world of constant Slack messages, emails, and alerts.

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Ryder Damen is a DevOps engineer by day, and also a DevOps engineer by night. He enjoys travelling, trying new things and making the web a stranger place.

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Ryder Damen

Ryder Damen

Ryder Damen is a DevOps engineer by day, and also a DevOps engineer by night. He enjoys travelling, trying new things and making the web a stranger place.