This month’s improv tip is from Barry Edwards, Improv Contributor
Five years ago, I found myself at the DC Improv taking my first improvisational comedy class. (The same friend who shared the quote convinced me to try my hand at improv comedy.) Every time I would be on the stage performing an improvised scene, I would have that Burroughs’ saying in the back of mind. Being on stage with no script and no idea what will be happen next, I trusted that once I leapt into the scene the result would be funny and rewarding—in other words the net would appear.
Leaping, or taking risks, is an every day event in the workplace. Should I speak up in the meeting? How do I tell my direct report that he’s not working up to his potential? Will my presentation be a success? The practice of improv comedy is a great way to become more comfortable with taking risks, and learning to trust that the net will appear.
Click here for Barry’s suggestions on improv games that are easy for you to facilitate.