Best Practice

5 Greatest life lessons from Improv

Health Industry Hub | August 22, 2019 |
[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

Failing should be celebrated. It means you are closer to your goals than you were if you hadn’t tried.

In my very first improv class (What’s improv? See video below), we were taught this through an imaginary ball toss. If you fall flat on your face and miss the ball, you win. The sound of your teammates clapping and cheering like you’ve scored a grand slam makes you realise that your greatest fears can’t hold you back. It’s you who holds you back.

Making mistakes is not a hindrance to the journey, only part of the journey. There is no fear of failure. Only failing joyfully.

Here are 5 more of life’s greatest lessons you can learn from Improv:

Motivation’s not coming. Do it anyway.
Motivation is garbage, as Mel Robbin’s says her book ‘The 5 Second Rule’.

You can’t rely on it to show up when you need it. There are times when you don’t feel inspired and you’re not ready. Improv forces you to step into the spotlight and do it anyway. Trust that something wonderful is going to happen as long as you allow it.

The Science: During an Improv scene, your prefrontal cortex is activated. This is the part of your brain that helps you keep making decisions that put you in control.

As Mel Robbins says, “you develop what is called “authentic pride” — it’s the type of pride that is fuelled by personal confidence and success.” Some of the most successful people in this world aren’t genius — they just take the risk and trust their intuition.

Ego Eradication
You may be the one on stage — but it’s not about you. It’s about how you and your scene partner are co-creating something beautiful together that is entirely spontaneous and will never be repeated.

Nothing is more humble and reassuring than saying “I got your back” to your scene partner before getting on stage.

Your ego could be sabotaging you from your goals and your relationships. Surrender your need for control and you gain new perspectives.

You can’t control what happens to you, but you can always control how you respond.
Improv is like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in action. Everything is made up entirely on the spot so you learn very quickly that the way you respond to a situation is far more important than the event itself.

Change happens when you do. And it can happen in an instant.

Listening and being present
Most people don’t listen to understand, they listen to respond. When you actively listen, you become a better negotiator, a better communicator and you have better quality relationships. In fact, the best way to influence someone is to listen intently and solve their problems.

YES AND…
Saying ‘Yes and…’ to others means we appreciate their ideas and find ways to help it grow. It’s how an idea virus starts. More importantly, practice saying ‘yes and…’ to yourself. Giving your thoughts permission to nurtured and embrace whatever craziness comes your way.

Imagine if the time we spent in self-pity, self-doubt and negative self-talk was flipped.

What if we swapped apprehension for appreciation. Swapped expectation with gratitude. Swapped “I am owed” with “I am worthy”. What if you forgot about all the reasons why it won’t work and focused on the one reasons why it will?

When you say yes to something small, you end up saying yes to infinite possibilities. This is further explained in this interview with my improv teacher.

The improv training I did the Laugh Masters Academy is just the beginning. Any form of training is empty without the courage and the discipline to execute.

So take bigger risks because no matter what happens — you can’t fail. You either win or you learn.

This is one of the many reasons why in 8 weeks, I have built stronger connections with a group of people who started off as strangers, than I have with people I have known for 8 years.

Learn more about LMA Professional Development: www.lma.training

Register here: https://australianimprovfestival.com.au/improv-for-business-success/

Susan Zheng – Digital Marketing | B2B Social Media Marketing | B2B Lead Generation Marketing | Online Content Marketing


About the author

About the author

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nam luctus finibus scelerisque. Nunc bibendum ipsum sed augue fringilla fringilla. Nullam at consectetur leo. Praesent viverra rutrum porta. Quisque vitae mi vel purus vulputate tincidunt. Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Suspendisse et mi quis nisi rhoncus feugiat at ac tellus. Sed aliquam sodales nulla ac auctor. Sed pretium lobortis purus accumsan ullamcorper. Phasellus sodales vel odio in lobortis. Duis maximus sagittis bibendum. Interdum et malesuada fames ac ante ipsum primis in faucibus. Nunc dictum tincidunt ipsum in vestibulum. Donec ut sem consectetur, aliquam quam vitae, pharetra orci. Nam egestas non velit eu rhoncus. Duis congue neque non lacus tincidunt porta. Vestibulum ultricies pulvinar sem, molestie congue dui aliquet non.
  • Ut imperdiet leo id lorem fermentum consectetur.
  • Ut vitae orci et dui varius tincidunt.
  • Ut id magna non libero vestibulum pharetra ac faucibus nulla.
Aliquam erat volutpat. Vestibulum vitae varius diam. Nulla eget congue ante. Nunc ullamcorper sagittis augue vel dictum. Mauris finibus nibh ut pulvinar auctor. Vestibulum ut faucibus nisi. Orci varius natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Quisque porta tortor ac justo malesuada elementum. Nulla tellus ante, cursus nec ex sit amet, suscipit bibendum arcu. Duis posuere orci dui, et mollis enim dictum at. Sed ullamcorper, sapien ut vulputate viverra, sem purus porttitor tellus, nec mattis mauris ligula sed risus. Nulla sagittis id ipsum eu mattis. Link to full profile

Marketing & Strategy

Marketing & Strategy in Healthcare - Customer-Centric Engagement During COVID-19

Customer-Centric Engagement During COVID-19

Health Industry Hub | April 8, 2020 |

Navigating the multichannel maze in COVID 19 times to engage healthcare professionals (HCPs) and patients has been challenging for most […]

More


News & Trends - Medical Technology

MedTech News - Stryker launches limited-release medical bed to support critical needs during COVID-19 pandemic

Stryker launches limited-release medical bed to support critical needs during COVID-19 pandemic

Health Industry Hub | April 8, 2020 |

MedTech News: Stryker has developed a low-cost, limited-release emergency response bed to quickly aid healthcare providers with efficient care during […]

More


Medical

Medical News - AMA urges Australians to continue with ongoing medical care amid COVID-19 crisis

AMA urges Australians to continue with ongoing medical care amid COVID-19 crisis

Health Industry Hub | April 8, 2020 |

Medical News: The AMA is urging people to keep a close watch on their ongoing health care and maintenance, and […]

More


News & Trends - Pharmaceuticals

Pharma News - App-based delivery service to help Australia’s most vulnerable access medication while in self-isolation

App-based delivery service to help Australia’s most vulnerable access medication while in self-isolation

Health Industry Hub | April 8, 2020 |

Pharma News: MedAdvisor, the technology partner used by 60% of Australia’s pharmacies, has launched its “Uber” for pharmacy delivery services […]

More