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?

Your Quality of Presence is Revealed Through the Power of Focus

  When working with a large group, it is often desirable to have the participants form duos, triads, quartets, or quintets in order to enable everyone to participate in a particular game. As the different teams are absorbed into their tasks, a substantial racket is normally generated, frequently punctuated by gusts of laughter. During the … Continue reading Your Quality of Presence is Revealed Through the Power of Focus

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

The Art of Attraction: Developing Authentic Platform Presence

  Among the many hats a speaker wears is one that reads “Energy Manager”. We know, as do the planners who hire us, that the attendees at a program experience one of two energy flow states. At just about any moment, they're either being energized or they are being drained of their liveliness. Whether or … Continue reading The Art of Attraction: Developing Authentic Platform Presence