Change Happens: Improv For An Unpredictable World
My first session of Day 1 was a fantastic dual panel on how improvisational skills can help one adapt to change. Amanda and Jordan Hirsh gave a fun presentation including pulling volunteers from the audience to put the skills into practice with short skits.
You can listen to the session audioÂ here.
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The Bad News:
- Life defies your expecations (the script in your head)
- Going off script is hard
- It’s easy to lose your way
- Stress 🙁
[notice]The Challenge: how to adapt to change.[/notice]
The Good News: Improv Can Help You
- Expect the unexpected
- Adapt effectively to change
- Know your objective
- Lead & inspire
The Best News:
- You are already improvising
- You can learn to improvise better
How Improve can help you (in detail)
1. Expect The Unexpected
- Reset your frame
- Recognize you’re in an improv show
- Proceed accordingly
2. Adapt to Change: “YES, AND”
- Accept the reality of what’s happening (“YES”)
- You don’t have to accept the outcome, just theÂ circumstance
- Build upon that reality (“AND”)
- Attitudinal: something is happening AND I have other things in my life
- Actionable: something is happening AND I’m going to take action
- Resistance is futile
3. Know Your Objective
- Circumstances may change…but your objective can remain the same
- Find a new way to achieve your goal
- “Hold on to your shit” Don’t forget your goals
4. Lead & Inspire
- Bring “yes, and” to the party (or meeting room).
- React quickly – trust yourself and others will trust you, too.
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