The encouragement was welcomed (learning improv is hard work!), but the book suggestion was pure gold.
Of course it’ll be useful in improving my improv skills, but I found quite a lot to apply to other areas — mentoring, working with my team, conference calls…even programming. Here are a few of their “key points” that I plan to use offstage (and on).
- Agreement is the only rule that cannot be broken.
- There are no mistakes. Everything is justified.
- Treat others as if they are poets, geniuses and artists, and they will be.
- Yes, and…Accept and build.
- Stay in the moment. What is happening now will be the key to discovery.
- Be specific with your objects.
It’s a quick read – 149 pages – and well worth your time. Check your local library (or feel free to follow this link) for a copy.
And the show is just about four weeks away…yikes!