TOOL: Be obvious

I’d like to dispel a common myth about Improv. The very presence of this myth keeps many people from thinking they can improvise. Here it is…

Improv is not about attempting to be funny. Instead, one of the most important tools in the Improviser’s toolbox is the ability to be obvious, instead of clever.

Trying too hard to be clever or funny takes us away from the principles which make teams successful – the ability to make each other look good, embrace failure, accept each others offers and say, “yes, and”. If we’re trying too hard to be clever, we’re not really listening and focusing on the ideas of our teammates. Similarly, if we are censoring ourselves from the ideas that seem too obvious to us, we are assuming our simplest ideas are of no use, when in fact they can point us in a delightful direction on stage or off.

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  1. Pingback: TOOL: Listening « Tools for Navigating Business Without a Script

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