Posted: April 11, 2018 by Robert Craven
I was recently introduced to the three core principles of improv (or improvisational comedy) and they really resonated with how I do business. And my approach to life. These are too good to keep to myself.
When I was told of these principles there was a huge ‘aha’ on my part. I realise that these principles permeate so much into how I do business.
Saying “yes, but” or “no” is an absolute killer to any conversation. It destroys any enthusiasm or innovative thought process. “Yes, and…” is the only way to respond to someone’s idea.
People spend too long wishing things weren’t quite as they are. “If only…” is what they say. They spend more time grumbling than getting on with the task in hand or adapting to what is available and what is possible.
This is inextricably linked to the principles behind working with what you’ve got and not endlessly groaning and grumbling. Making everyone look like a superstar is about making everyone around you feel good about themselves. It is about praising and celebrating what people do really well. It just makes people feel better about themselves and feel good when they are around you.