One of the things I hope to explore on this blog is how the rules and practices of improvisation can help us be more adaptable in life, especially in leadership roles.
I was introduced to improv mainly through comedy, like the show “Whose line is it anyway?” But I know there is more to the art, so I started searching for some agreed upon “rules of improv” and maybe even some best practices. Turns out this is hard to do.
Not surprising for an art form that is all about going with the flow. 🙂
The improv encyclopedia lists a number of different “rules”, each with their own reasons for existing and slightly different advice. The list that most closely matches my admittedly limited experience with improv is “David Alger’s First 10 rules of Improv.”
Check out the link for a bit more on each rule, but for now here is the list.
“1) Say Yes-and!
2) After the ‘and’ add new information.
3) Don’t Block.
4) Avoid Questions.
5) Focus on the Here and Now.
6) Establish the Location!
7) Be Specific- Provide Details!
8) Change, Change, Change!
9) For serious and emotional scenes, focus on characters and relationships.
10) For humour, commit and take choices to the nth degree or focus on actions/objects.”
This list gives us a good starting point, and over the next few blog posts I’m going to explore what it might mean to use these rules in leadership.
Let me know what you think of these rules, and how you might see yourself using them in your life?