Commitment, Monsters and a letter from America (inc Improv lessons 4 & 5)

The last few weeks have been busy. Busy but incredibly exciting. We’ve been running a series of promotional events on storytelling, hosting a conference for HR and L&D Directors, travelling to NY for meetings and finishing off the improv course. 1. Commitment One of the most important lessons from the improv lessons 4 and 5 has to be the one …

Jibber-Jabber! (Improv lesson 3)

No one made any sense! And that was sort of the point of last night’s improv lesson. The whole thing reminded me a little of the mad Inspector Kemp from Young Frankenstein (“footschteps, footschteps!”) Although actually I think we were easier to understand. The lesson was a great demonstration of how words can get in the way of communication. The …

I mean, really listen… (improv ‘lesson’ 2!)

So session two of my journey back to improv. It was all about listening. We mirrored, we matched, we mimicked all in the service of hearing what the rest of our group was offering. The concept of listening as a means to determine when it is our turn to speak was completely wiped out by listening to understand how we …

I wanna be Amy (Improv ‘lesson’ one)!

In a bid to ‘sharpen the saw’ I’ve started to participate in some formal training on practices I’ve been… practicing (?) for the last forty years. I love to learn and I love to get new tools to play with. So, last night was my first session in a six week course on developing fundamental improvisation skills. The session is …