Plan for improv in your communication

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

I just stumbled across an article with three solid, specific bits of advice to make conversation easier. This may sound strange coming from a speaker, but honestly, conversation is tougher for me than is speaking on stage. What I do in front of an audience, I’ve a chance to think about and plan for it, rehearse it, and smooth out. I’m in control.

Conversations, on the other hand, are unpredictable.

Of course, the ultimate unpredictable situation is improv comedy. A lot of people don’t realize, though, that improv comedy “works” because it follows certain principles and guidelines. The one I’m most familiar with is “Yes, and…” (an idea that forms the basis of the book Say “Yes, And!” 2 Little Words That Will Transform Your Career, Organization, and Life!). But the insights from John Freund’s article expands on those principles with three specific techniques you can use in your social life.

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Author: Donn King

Donn King works with people who want to forge top-notch speaking skills to increase their influence and impact so they can advance their career or business. He is associate professor of communication studies at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a speaker and writer. His background includes ministry, newspaper, radio, small magazines and other publications, as well as co-authoring a textbook and blogging.