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Innovation as Improvisation

What would you call a person who can take something with a known use and employ it in an entirely new way? How about someone who recognizes a need and designs an effective solution? Most would say “inventor,” “originator,” “innovator,” or “creator.” But how about “improviser?” The skills that make Improv Theater participants successful are the same ones that innovators rely on.
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The Art of Attraction
Developing Authentic Platform Presence

Among the many hats a speaker wears is one that reads "Energy Managers". We know as do the planners who hire us, that the attendees at a program experience one of two energy flow states. At just about any moment, they're either being energized or they are being drained of their liveliness.
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Prevent Hardening of the Attitudes With Humor

Laughter is the salt of personality. Its presence is an evidence of good nature, of the appreciation of the real values of life and a lack of tenseness. It is the most effective means of easing a difficult situation. -- George Gow
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Re-Moralizing Ourselves Through Humor

"Morale -- the level of individual psychological well-being based on such factors as a sense of purpose and confidence in the future."
It is not surprising that people feel demoralized these days. As our society continues through a social, political, and economic metamorphosis, many folks are caught in the midst of tremendous turmoil wrought by the ongoing changes.
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The Way We Laughed

A few years ago I set out to explore the way people laughed through out this century. With the help of several grants and hundreds of Senior Citizens between the ages of 60 and 95, I not only gained insight into the ways they laughed but also into how we today can make ourselves happier.
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Managing The Dash:
The Key to Successful Stress Management

A couple of years ago I was on a small plane flying from Chicago to Milwaukee. The plane ran into some heavy turbulence and starting bouncing through the air like a rock skipping over a pond. Every time the plane would hit a bump, I’d grip the sides of my seat, because I thought the plane was going to crash.
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A Ropes Course for the Mind:
Building Teams & Communication One Improv Game at a Time

Why improv?

Improvisation theater games are wonderful resources because they call for participants to respond to an experience as it happens. This moment of involvement and spontaneity sparks discovery, creative expression, shared laughter and behavior change. Improv is exciting, scary, challenging, immensely enjoyable and paradoxical. In my experience, very few people are indifferent to the idea of participating in an improv structure.
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