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 […]

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 […]

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 […]