Having only technical skills is not enough to become an effective technical communicator. One must possess excellent communication, collaboration, and listening skills - also known as soft skills. These soft skills are useful to thrive and succeed in fast-paced, complex (and sometimes remote-work) environments.
One effective method to improve and learn these soft skills is through Improv Theatre.
Practing Improv provides the following benefits:
- Teaches you the values of being collaborative, creative, and positive
- Allows you to be comfortable with failure and the unexpected, which could be useful in difficult work situations
Anyone can join the workshop as long as they are willing to try new things and have fun.
Maryland is an experienced technical writer and Improv Theatre facilitator. Based in Dublin, she writes hardware documentation at Google and leads Improv workshops. She holds a Master's degree in Technical Communication and Localization and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.