Managing the Dash: The Key to Successful Stress Management

  A few of years ago I was on a small plane flying from Chicago to Milwaukee. The plane ran into some heavy turbulence and starting bouncing through the air like a rock skipping over a pond. Every time the plane would hit a bump, I’d grip the sides of my seat, because I thought … Continue reading Managing the Dash: The Key to Successful Stress Management

Prevent Hardening of the Attitudes with Humor

  "Laughter is the salt of personality. Its presence is an evidence of good nature, of the appreciation of the real values of life and a lack of tenseness. It is the most effective means of easing a difficult situation." -- George Gow It is generally agreed that good sense -- and a good sense … Continue reading Prevent Hardening of the Attitudes with Humor

Re-Moralizing Ourselves Through Humor

  "Morale -- the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future." It is not surprising that people feel demoralized these days. As our society continues through a social, political, and economic metamorphosis, many folks are caught in the midst of tremendous turmoil wrought … Continue reading Re-Moralizing Ourselves Through Humor

People Assess Your Value/Reputation Based on How Your Actions Impact Their Emotions

  Early on in my programs, I invite a volunteer to come up and learn an Improv game. Generally, there are very few takers. I then ask for some of the folks who hadn't volunteered to share what thinking they went through that kept their hands from going up. The reasons are many. Among the most common answers are: … Continue reading People Assess Your Value/Reputation Based on How Your Actions Impact Their Emotions

Lawyers as Improvisers? Is That an Oxymoron?

  I'm researching an article based on the premise that the skills and practices that make Improv performers successful are relevant and applicable to lawyers. For example, both: need to stay focused on small bits of information while seeing the desired end-result; co-create narrative from disparate points of view; understand how empathy develops in an … Continue reading Lawyers as Improvisers? Is That an Oxymoron?