We’ve got enough comedians here already….

By Jon Trevor

The fact that Applied Improvisation can have a great impact on organisations is no longer in question. There has been a huge amount of research done by universities, business schools, and independent academics, and the findings are unassailable. Applied Improv is a fast-track, high-impact, experiential route into better teamwork and collaboration, improved […]

Is there anything that Applied Improv can’t Improve?

By Jon Trevor

Last week I was lucky enough to be at the Applied Improvisation Network’s fantastic conference at Keble College in Oxford. There were 250 practitioners from around the world sharing their experience of the extraordinary power of Applied Improvisation to bring about amazing shifts, changes and improvements in an astonishing variety of ways.

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The Improv Connection - Get Relational

By Jon Trevor

How well does your team relate?

I recently had the delightful privilege of co-delivering “Right Here, Right Now” a ground-breaking Applied Improvisation training day for psychotherapists. This was a partnership programme, between Improv Initiative and Cascade Therapy.

If I may blow our trumpet just briefly, this is what one participant said – […]

Surrounded by Geniuses!

By Jon Trevor

There is a tenet that is used throughout the Improv world that goes “Your skill level is average – your fellow players are all geniuses!”

It is useful for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it takes the pressure off you as an individual on […]

Improv - Mindfulness for Restless People

By Jon Trevor

Could Improv be an answer to the modern diseases of Information Overload and Stress?

Mindfulness is the buzzword of our times. And not without good reason. Those of us with busy working lives spend a lot of our mental energy rehashing the recent past to appraise it, or planning our next […]

Notice Everything - using applied improv to build agile companies

By Jon Trevor

Ask a casual observer what they think the key skill of improvisation is, and the chances are they’ll say something like “quick thinking” or “wit” or “having a creative mind.” Actually, while these are all helpful assets, none of them are what improvisation is truly built on. The absolute fundamental activity […]

Teamwork vs Collaboration

The terms “Teamwork” and “Collaboration” are often used interchangeably. I believe they are very different beasts.

Formula One Pit Crews are fabulous examples of the ultimate team. They can change all 4 wheels of a racecar in an almost inconceivable 2 seconds, through meticulously planned, finely choreographed and endlessly rehearsed co-operative action. They epitomise the […]

Do The Impossible – With Ease!

By Jon Trevor

There is an Applied Improv exercise I use quite a lot, called “Strawberry/Vanilla”. People mill randomly around the room, and every time two people pass each other, they make eye contact and simultaneously they say out loud either the word “Strawberry” or the word “Vanilla”. They must speak simultaneously, and, here’s the […]

Make Brilliant Mistakes

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” ― Thomas A. Edison

There is an understanding in all forms of Improvisation, whether it’s Jazz, Dance, or the kind of theatre and comedy I deal in, that there really is no such thing as a mistake.

There’s just an […]

What do Twitter, Pixar and Ideo have in common?

By Jon Trevor

Apart from being hugely successful that is? The answer is that they have all embraced Improv into their culture. They have all brought in Applied Improvisation specialists to help them create agile, collaborative and creative companies. Perhaps that is why they are hugely successful. Would you like your organisation to be more […]