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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Delivering a research workshop on Micro-Negotiation

By Jon Trevor

 

At the beginning of October I travelled to Berlin for the wonderful Applied Improvisation Network Annual Conference. It was an inspirational gathering of members of the 2,000 strong network of people from all around the world who use the skills of Improvisation to bring about Personal, Corporate and Social transformations.

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Everything is an Offer – widening your choices with Applied Improv

By Jon Trevor

Improvisers learn that “Everything is an Offer”. If your scene partner sneezes, you don’t ignore it, you incorporate it into the action, which now becomes about nursing a sick friend. If your on-stage husband mistakenly calls your character by the wrong name, you use the error to accuse him of having […]

Applied Improv – Look Good by making others Look Good

By Jon Trevor

Stepping out on stage in front of an audience, without a script or even an inkling of an idea of what is going to happen next, is daunting, even to the most experienced improviser. The only sure route to success in this situation, is that everyone follows the golden Improv rule “Make […]

Applied Improv builds effortless collaboration

By Jon Trevor

When 2 inexperienced improvisers step on stage, it often goes something like this:-

“Isn’t it lovely here at the Antarctic” “What are you talking about? We’re in the middle of the African Jungle”

Each has entered with a firm idea which they are certain will make a great scene, so each is […]