One of the main reasons I wanted to take an improv class was to see just how much of a test for my brain the exercises could be. I thought it would be helpful to react quickly in group situations where you can’t ever be fully prepared for the dynamic between unscripted participants.
I was struck by how many of the principles of improv overlap with facilitation: Be specific and clear; Get outside your comfort zone; Confidence is not overrated. I got to witness first-hand how different the body language and energy of the group was at the start of class vs. the end. We had miraculously formed trust with one another in a mere two hours, laughed, hopped around, and stretched our brains and comfort zones. While I don’t imagine I’ll put Up Speak participants through the exercises I learned, I will take the lesson in being specific, not taking yourself too seriously, and how guiding interaction can lead to intimacy and trust.
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