applied improv

The Top 10 Elements of Applied Improvisation






A recently published Delphi Study reveals the Top 10 elements of Applied Improvisation. They are:
1) Making your partner look good

2) Yes… And

3) Atmosphere of play

4) Curious listening

5) Complete acceptance

6) Flexibility/Spontaneity

7) Focus on the here and now

8) Risk taking

9) Personal awareness/mindfulness

10) Balance of freedom and structure
What […]

By |February 25th, 2015|applied improv, Austin, corporate training|0 Comments

Four Steps To Employee Engagement in a Culture of Disengagement

We Live In A Culture Of Disengagement.

For all of our “smart phones”, FaceBook friends, Tweets, Instagram Posts, and status updates we have somehow become disconnected.

Witness the couple at the restaurant out on a dinner date as their stare at their iPhones, check in on FourSquare and post a picture of their meal for all […]

By |October 12th, 2014|applied improv, employee engagement|0 Comments

Adapt or Die

Adaptability is a key Leadership skill
by Terrill Fischer
“Never underestimate the power of improvisation to turn an unpopular change into a winning strategy.” ~ Forbes
In the movie Moneyball, Brad Pitt’s character ‘Billy Beane’, the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team is having a frank discussion with one of his scouts about the future […]

By |September 26th, 2014|applied improv, leadership, risk taking|0 Comments

Preparation is the Key to Improvisation!

“Preparation is key to improvisation! All your experiences, your education, the people you meet, find you In The Moment.”
In 1994 I went to an improv show and it changed my life. After 20 years of learning, performing and teaching I’ve come to realize that improvisation requires preparation. Often, when I tell someone I’m off […]

How to Deal with Customer Problems Before They Arise

by Terrill Fischer
“The customer’s perception is your reality.” ~ Kate Zabriskie
Customers come to us all the time with something they want or need. Trying to understand what they want and need isn’t as simple as it might appear. Customer service reps have to Actively Listen to obtain the necessary information and gain a […]

Improv as Customer Service

Improv as Customer Service
by Joyce Garrison

The core philosophy of Improv is Yes! And…

Yes! And… is a state of being where you, and your fellow players step onto the stage, with an agreement to be present, ready to play, and where there is no “wrong” answer. It’s unconditional acceptance of yourself and for your fellow […]

Three Rules of Improv that Can Improve Customer Service










How many times have you experienced dealing with a customer service representative and felt like they were  just telling you their script?

Since we work with tools of play, like improvisation techniques, we’ve found a strong connection with improv and customer service. Customer service reps are constantly handed situations where they have to go off […]

Yes! And… means saying No

“Yes! And…”

Two words every improvisor strives to live by. Two words that represent one of the founding principles of improv. Two words that are given so much importance that they cannot be negotiated. We are trained to live, eat, breath and sleep “Yes!And…” We are told that saying  “No” is denying the gifts offered […]

By |February 20th, 2014|applied improv, Austin, improv, leadership, play storming|5 Comments

Four Principles Of Play That Can Transform Your Organization


“The heart of improvisation (play) is transformation” – Viola Spolin.

Play in organizations is only occasionally about toys, games, and funny hats. When improvisational play is embraced as an organizational mind-set, there is, quite literally, play in the system.

This kind of play is necessary in a culture that must respond to change or be able to shift rapidly […]

Creativity and Innovation through Play!

Creativity and Innovation through Play!

Innovation is a word that gets thrown around a lot in our corporate culture. The word innovation has become diluted in its meaning. Nowadays all it appears to stand for is an incremental influx of similar products or ideas. Today’s generation expect innovation to happen at their fingertips with little […]

By |December 14th, 2013|applied improv, business training, creativity, innovation, Play|0 Comments