Confident Communication
3min2020 AUG 29
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We’re often at a disadvantage when it comes to problem-solving because we think too fast, and our analytic brains shut off new ideas before they’ve had a chance to emerge. Improvisation, on the other hand, creates “a set of experiences that allow you to fine-tune and hone all of the necessary skills needed to think on your feet and simply react and adapt.” So says Bob Kulhan, the improv coach who studied under Tina Fey at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic theater.Say “Yes”Accept everything that is brought to you at face value. Make no exceptions.“Yes” yields a positive, open environment.Say “and…”Build directly upon the idea you’ve just accepted.This does not have to be complementary. Consider taking the idea apart or approaching it from a new angle.“Yes, and” endows people with fearlessness. They can make no mistakes.Edit lateTake your critical hat off.Create a space for editing after the “Yes, and” environment is well established.“Yes, and” allows for divergent thinking. ...