Improv for Business is Like Ballet for Football – the high achievers realize they need cross training for outstanding performance.
For speakers, managers, team leads – and all who have to communicate with others – improv, or improvisational, skills are essential. And we want to make a clear distinction that improv is not simply “winging” it or “talking off the cuff”.
It is being present and flexible in the moment – listening and responding to the needs of the situation. Being excellent at improv takes practice.
Why improvisation? Why are business schools incorporating improv into the curriculum?
In business it pays to be nimble with our thoughts, decisions and responses.
Improvisation is about learning to be in the moment, quick on the uptake, and flexible.
Business training realizes it has a great deal to learn from the arts. Improv troupes and jazz musicians understand that improvisation is about knowing your subject so well that you can move without a script, handle variations, and play with embellishment while still having the tune recognizable.
In business, listening is absolutely essential. Improv seems like it can be all about the quick come back or retort. Yet, phenomenal listening skills are the foundation to that response. What do master improv actors and highly successful business people have in common? They excel at listening and observing. (more…)