As a tool for personal and professional development, Improvisation has the ability to affect both our cognitive and behavioral tendencies.
It puts into action real life scenarios where our tolerance for change, failure, acceptance, are tested – simply….it puts our thinking into action and works to build new habits.
It gives us a strategy (a set of skills) to make the best of any situation.
This article from Training Magazine highlights the 3 main categories of life-skills to fill our toolboxes with, as identified by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
- “Learning to know,” which is about our cognitive abilities involving decision-making, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
- “Learning to be,” which is about our personal abilities involving skills for increasing internal control, managing feelings, and managing stress.
- “Learning to live together,” which is about our interpersonal abilities involving interpersonal communication skills, negotiation and refusal skills, empathy, co-operation, teamwork, and advocacy skills.