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

A Rope Course for the Mind: Building Teams and Communication One Improv Game at a Time

  Why Improv? Improvisation theater games are wonderful resources because they call for participants to respond to an experience as it happens. This moment of involvement and spontaneity sparks discovery, creative expression, shared laughter, and behavior change. Improv is exciting, scary, challenging, immensely enjoyable, and paradoxical. In my experience, very few people are indifferent to … Continue reading A Rope Course for the Mind: Building Teams and Communication One Improv Game at a Time

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

Innovation as Improvisation

  What would you call a person who can take something with a known use and employ it in an entirely new way? How about someone who recognizes a need and designs an effective solution? Most would say “inventor,” “originator,” “innovator,” or “creator”. But how about “improviser”? The skills that make Improv Theater participants successful … Continue reading Innovation as Improvisation