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Improv Theatre
is about two or more people achieving a goal yet within an uncertain framework.

In Improv
there is profound collaboration, even when there may be an element of competition.

Business success can be
a very similar process.

It's about
individuals succeeding.

It's about
teams succeeding.




To see a live Improv show is to be amazed. A team of people create a show from audience suggestions. The drills and skills of Improv enable performers to respond spontaneously to each other and to what is happening around them.

In business, there are apparently more constraints (time, cash, talent, resources, "we can't do that").

In Improv, constraints actually serve to liberate creativity.

There is no time to think "we'll go back and fix this later". The gap between decision and implementation is scarcely noticeable.

The over-riding attitude must be that each player listens actively, and explicitly uses the contribution of another as they advance the story. If I make my partner look good, I look good. There is profound collaboration, even when there may be an element of competition.

This competitive streak is often found in any sporting or artistic endeavour, as each participant dares the other to go onwards and upwards. But in Improv an individual's success is not at the expense of another.

Improv always creates laughter. Anyone can do it. We can laugh at ourselves.

Overly controlling types trying to dominate an Improv exercise soon defeat themselves. This is a powerful lesson.

Those who might not be natural "performers" can achieve great things in Improv. This success makes them think "what else did I think was beyond me?"

People begin to trust one another and their own instincts.

So it's fun.

It's about individuals succeeding.

It's about teams succeeding.

So the question should really be, "Why Not Improv?"

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