Professional Sports, Or Programmers And Public Speaking?

By | January 30, 2013

Whom does the following quote describe: athletes or developers?

The attainment of certain skills unavoidably gives rise to an urge to show them off. At a higher level of mastery, the performer no longer wishes merely to display his virtuosity—for the true connoisseur can easily distinguish between the performer who plays to the crowd and the superior artist who matches himself against the full rigor of his art itself—but to ratify a supremely difficult accomplishment; to give pleasure; to forge a bond between himself and his audience, a shared appreciation of a ritual executed not only flawlessly but with much feeling and with a sense of style and proportion.

The author is talking about professional sports, but it strikes me that the same thing is true of programmers who although being intraverted still have a desire to speak in front of an audience. Via A Hail Mary, A Deep Connection « Gucci Little Piggy.

8 thoughts on “Professional Sports, Or Programmers And Public Speaking?

  1. Hari K T

    Yes I was thinking same as @Nate .

    Googled and it gives http://www.google.co.in/search?client=ubuntu&channel=fs&q=define+intraverted&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&redir_esc=&ei=PukJUf7aNYbqrAf2yYDwBg

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    in·tro·vert·ed
    /?intr??v?rtid/
    Adjective
    Of, denoting, or typical of an introvert.
    (of a community or other group) Concerned principally with its own affairs; inward-looking or parochial.

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  2. Larry Garfield

    As an introverted developer who enjoys speaking in front of an audience :-), there’s some parallel but not exactly. When you’re speaking, presenting, performing, or teaching, “playing to the audience” is not a negative thing. In fact, it’s a necessity. You must tailor your presentation to the audience, and roll with them as you give it. In a performance field, playing to the crowd *is* “matching himself against the full rigor of his art itself”.

    That doesn’t mean there aren’t people who present just to hear themselves talk, but I think this is a more accurate description of the overwhelming number of presenters I know: http://markboulton.co.uk/journal/participation

    (Disclaimer: I’m a frequent conference presenter, I’ve done corporate training, and I’ve taught a university course and likely will do so again.)

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