Performance of a Lifetime uses the metaphor of performance to help business people interact more effectively. After all, behavior is what counts and experiencing improv can help you act your role more effectively. Last month I attended a free afternoon-long session with Performance’s Maureen Kelly and Cathy Salit.
- We broke into pairs for an exercise where we tried to mimic one another’s moves. Then the same with sounds. Then swapping roles as storyteller and listener. This sensitizes one to paying attention to the other person. Holistically.
- Sitting in a circle, we improvised a story. At a given signal, storytelling shifted to the person on the right. The new storyteller always began with, “Yes, and…” This is welcoming. “Yes, but…” means no.
- The etiquette of improv is making “offers” (story hooks) that are best for the group.
I can imagine this working well in a group in transition, people looking for a foundation for how to act in an emerging culture. Spontaneity, empahty, looking out for the group, and models for what’s appropriate are a great place to begin.
Cathy Salit, founder
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