Izzy Gesell

P.O. Box 962
Northampton, MA 01061

413.586.2634 [Voice]
413.585.0407 [Fax]


Instructional Moments
"Insights and Practical Applications
about Life and Learning
Distilled from Improv Theater Techniques"

Instructional Moment 2

This free e-zine highlights the ways that Improv Theater techniques have relevance to our daily professional and personal lives. Whether you are a teacher, coach, corporate executive, sales representative, stay-at-home mom, blue-collar worker or professional speaker, you will find these ideas to be intuitive, fascinating and immediately applicable to what you face on a day-to-day basis. Instructional Moments is directed toward individuals who desire to become more confident, playful, spontaneous, and effective.

People Assess Your Value/Reputation Based on How Your Actions Impact Their Emotions.

Early on in my programs, I invite a volunteer to come up and learn an Improv game.  Generally, there are very few takers.  I then ask for some of the folks who hadn't volunteered to share what thinking they went through that kept their hands from going up.  The reasons are many.  Among the most common answers are: "I don't want to look foolish," "I don't know what the game is about", "I don't like to be first", and "I was taught never to volunteer."

Eventually, someone does volunteer.  As the person comes up, I ask the people sitting in the audience how they feel now that someone had volunteered.  Most of the comments are about much relief was felt, how relaxed they now were able to be, and how grateful they were to the volunteer for stepping up.  In other words, the person who stepped up had the power, through his or her action, to transform the emotional climate for the whole group.  The volunteer thereby gains a very high status in the group.  A status gained not by a conscious effort to be liked, but by a desire to volunteer to play for whatever personal reason.  And the entire group took note!

IMPROV TECHNIQUE TO PRACTICE: Trying to figure out what's right or best or most creative or most helpful or most controlling is futile in Improv.  The only way through is to be spontaneous, authentic and expeditious in your actions.  Make your statements or actions flow from what you want to do.  Whenever you notice yourself attempting to figure out what someone else needs or desires, bring your focus back to what you want or need to do.

HERE’S WHY IT WORKS: In life, once you know that others are watching you and judging you based on their own feelings, you realize you may as well act on your own beliefs and desires.  Do what you want to do and how you want to do it.  There is a saying that "nature knows neither right nor wrong, only consequences".

Since it is futile to try and figure out how to please all others or what they are expecting, you may as well do what you believe is right.  If you fail, at least you fail with your own truth. Living your own truth is the simplest way to being authentic in your life.

IMPROV GAME TO PLAY:   "What Are You Doing?"
Instructions can be found on  p.105 of my book, "Playing Along: 37 Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisational Theatre."  For free print-friendly instructions of "What Are You Doing?" visit the appropriate link:
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Thanks for playing along! Stay well and mirthful.    Izzy

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About the Author...

Whether presenting a keynote speech, a half or full day training, coaching for enhanced presentation skills or facilitating a discussion, Izzy is entertaining, informative and blatantly practical.  He was one of the first to bring the practical concepts of Improv Theater into use as a tool for improving teamwork, communication, leadership, and self development.

Check out Izzy's numerous free articles on improv, humor, and communication, as well as program information: www.izzyg.com

Izzy Gesell, CSP, helps organizations and the people within them transform their thinking to become more confident, competent, and creative.

Mark Your Calendar!

"Association for Advancement of Improv in Business (AAIB)
Annual Conference

November 5-8, 2003  
Toronto ON Canada

"Selling & Marketing Tips to Improve Your Bottom Line."
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Helpful Links!

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