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Change Happens: Improv for an Unpredictable World



THINK IMPROV's presentation from SXSW Interactive 2012. ...

THINK IMPROV's presentation from SXSW Interactive 2012.

Learn more and book a workshop at http://thinkimprov.com

"You're fired."
"The test results are positive."
"We're out of beer."

Change happens - how you handle it is up to you. Improv can help. In past SXSW workshops, we've explored how the lessons of improv comedy apply to everyday life and business. This year, we'll focus on how improv can increase your adaptability - a critical skill in today's workforce, not to mention, key to maintaining your sanity in our unpredictable, fast-changing world. Learn how the skills actors and musicians use to invent on the fly can help reduce stress and make you a positive, unflappable leader, no matter what your career path, station in life, or zodiac sign.

Come join us for a session filled with games, laughs, and interactive discussion grounded in real-world examples. You'll leave armed with skills you can use the next time the world throws you a curve ball (i.e. immediately).

Marcus Aurelius said, "The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it." We couldn't agree more.



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Change Happens: Improv for an Unpredictable World Change Happens: Improv for an Unpredictable World Presentation Transcript

  • Change Happens:Improv for an Unpredictable World#improv4all@thinkimprov@amanda_hirsch@tfish77
  • Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes  Jot down a change in your life that you’re dealing with or have dealt with recently. Could be large or small. (This will be on the quiz later.)#improv4all
  • Amanda & Jordan Hirsch Improvisers Married Married improvisers
  • THINK IMPROV thinkimprov.com
  • Improv Buzz Malcolm Gladwell Biz schools New York Times, Fast Company SXSW
  • What is Improv? Improv, n.: 1. A performance-based art form wherein a show is created spontaneously in front of an audience. 2. A heightened version of everyday life.#improv4all
  • And now, the news…#improv4all
  • The Bad News: Sh*t Happens Life defies your expectations (i.e. the script in your head). Going off-script is hard. It’s easy to lose your way. Stress .#improv4all
  • The Good News: Improv Can Help You…  Expect the unexpected.  Adapt effectively to change.  Lead & inspire.  Reduce stress.#improv4all
  • The Best News:  You’re already improvising.  You can learn to improvise (i.e. live) better.#improv4all
  • Expect the Unexpected  Reset your frame.  Recognize you’re in an improv show.  Proceed accordingly.#improv4all
  • Adapt to Change: “YES, AND…”  Accept the reality of what’s happening (“YES”)  Build upon that reality (“AND”)  Resistance is futile#improv4all
  • Adapt to Change: Know Your Objective  Circumstances may change… but your objective can remain the same.  Find a new way to achieve your goal.  “Hold on to your shit.”#improv4all
  • Lead & Inspire  Bring “yes, and” to the party (or meeting room).  React quickly – trust yourself and others will trust you, too.#improv4all
  • Thank You  Questions?  Please rate us!#improv4all
  • A Helpful Reminder“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it” - Rudyard Kipling, If