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

Instructional Moment: In Order to Feel Brave, Embrace Your Fear

  It’s common for those new to Improv to allow fear or lack of confidence to keep them from volunteering for games. When outcomes are unknown and collaborators’ actions unpredictable, stepping up to play an Improv game can feel like an excursion into the Bermuda Triangle. With no map, no recognizable landmarks, and many tales … Continue reading Instructional Moment: In Order to Feel Brave, Embrace Your Fear

The Difference Between Acceptance and Agreement

  The easiest and perhaps the most concrete way to incorporate Improv Theater techniques into daily living is by understanding and adopting the concept of YES…AND. For improvisers, YES…AND serves the same purpose as the North Star does for sailors: that of a guiding light and a way to keep moving forward, even though the … Continue reading The Difference Between Acceptance and Agreement