Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 1
#ImprovYourBlog
@alanbush
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 2
Alan Bush
• Nerd
• Dad and Husband
• Long-Time Improvisor
• Content Creator
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 3
Technical Q&A
Documentation
Rackspace Blog
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 4
Rackspace
Office Hours Podcast
ohpodcast.com
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 5
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 6
Beer reviews
saflavor.com
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 7
ComedySportz
San Antonio
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 8
Improv Your Blog
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 9
The Rules of Improv have
shaped the way I
approach content
creation.
— me, figuring out the thesis of this presentation
#I...
The hardest thing about
writing is writing.
— Nora Ephron
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 11
No.#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 12
Yes#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 13
How is Improv like Writing?
• Spontaneous
• Ephemeral
• Made up
• Collaborative
• A process
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @a...
Yes
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 15
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 16
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 17
Fall, and then figure out
what to do on the way
down.
— Del Close
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 18
A ridiculously short1
history of improv
1
I'm only exploring improv in the western world, and I've completely left off Kei...
Viola Spolin
(1906-1994)
• Theatre games for children
• "Everyone can act. Everyone can
improvise.”
• Improvisation for th...
Paul Sills
(1927-2008)
• Compass Players (With David
Shepherd)
• Launched an entire generation of
comedic actors
• Co-Foun...
Del Close
(1934-1999)
• Performer and Director
• Second City
• ImprovOlympic
• Truth in Comedy
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX |...
Charna Halpern
(1952- )
• Truth in Comedy
• ImprovOlympic
• The Harold
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 23
Yes,
&#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 24
Improv Rule 1A: Say "Yes"
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 25
Improv Rule 1B: Add Something
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 26
Now you're improvising
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 27
The End
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 28
More Rules Tips
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 29
Be specific
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 30
What's special about today?
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 31
If this is true, what else is true?
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 32
Callbacks
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 33
Follow The Rules:
Agreement
• Say "Yes" to writing
• There are no wrong ideas
• Build on your ideas: "Yes, &"
• Have Fun
#...
Follow The Rules:
Specificity
• More detail, more insight
• Readers appreciate detail
• Summary is for Twitter
#ImprovYour...
Follow The Rules:
What's special
about today?
• What else is happening in the
world?
• How does that affect your content?
...
Follow The Rules:
"If this is true, what
else is true?"
• Find your angle
• Spin off additional posts
• Increase the amoun...
Follow The Rules:
Callbacks
• Reference your own work
• Link to your past posts
• Reward your long-time followers
• Link t...
The Rules of Improv
• Yes, &
• Be Specific
• What'Special About Today?
• If This Is True, What else?
• Callbacks
#ImprovYou...
Books about Improv
• Improvisation for the Theater - Viola Spolin
• Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre - Keith Johnstone...
Local Shows
• ComedySportz
• Alamo City Improv
• The Denials
• Missed Opportunity (All Female Cast)
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCS...
Improv Classes
• ComedySportz
• Alamo City Improv
• The Denials
• Missed Opportunity
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush...
Questions
• What did you learn?
• What can I clear up?
• How do you plan on applying it?
• Find me afterward and chat
#Imp...
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 44
Slides, Resource Guide, and Photo Credits available at
albush.com/iyb
#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 45
Photo Credits
• Slide 11: flickr photo by Drew Coffman https://flickr.com/
photos/drewcoffman/4815205632 shared under a Crea...
Photo Credits
• Slide 21: Photo from spolin.org: http://spolin.com/?
page_id=547
• Slide 22: Photo from Chicago Reader: ht...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Improv Your Blog: How the rules of Improv Comedy shape the way I create content

174 views

Published on

Can improv help you be a better content creator? Does Big Red go with Barbacoa? (The answer to both, is “yes.”) I’ll show you how I apply improv philosophies, such as “Yes, and,” giving gifts, and many more, in my roles as blogger, Community Manager and co-host of multiple podcasts. You’ll leave learning how you can use these same philosophies to create new and interesting content on your own or in collaboration with others.

Published in: Marketing
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Improv Your Blog: How the rules of Improv Comedy shape the way I create content

  1. 1. #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 1
  2. 2. #ImprovYourBlog @alanbush #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 2
  3. 3. Alan Bush • Nerd • Dad and Husband • Long-Time Improvisor • Content Creator #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 3
  4. 4. Technical Q&A Documentation Rackspace Blog #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 4
  5. 5. Rackspace Office Hours Podcast ohpodcast.com #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 5
  6. 6. #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 6
  7. 7. Beer reviews saflavor.com #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 7
  8. 8. ComedySportz San Antonio #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 8
  9. 9. Improv Your Blog #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 9
  10. 10. The Rules of Improv have shaped the way I approach content creation. — me, figuring out the thesis of this presentation #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 10
  11. 11. The hardest thing about writing is writing. — Nora Ephron #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 11
  12. 12. No.#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 12
  13. 13. Yes#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 13
  14. 14. How is Improv like Writing? • Spontaneous • Ephemeral • Made up • Collaborative • A process #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 14
  15. 15. Yes #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 15
  16. 16. #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 16
  17. 17. #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 17
  18. 18. Fall, and then figure out what to do on the way down. — Del Close #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 18
  19. 19. A ridiculously short1 history of improv 1 I'm only exploring improv in the western world, and I've completely left off Keith Johnstone, Jill Bernard, The Groundlings, UCB, or Trish Berrong - among others - but I'm up against a time limit here. #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 19
  20. 20. Viola Spolin (1906-1994) • Theatre games for children • "Everyone can act. Everyone can improvise.” • Improvisation for the Theater • Mother of Paul Sills #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 20
  21. 21. Paul Sills (1927-2008) • Compass Players (With David Shepherd) • Launched an entire generation of comedic actors • Co-Founded Second City • Story Theater #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 21
  22. 22. Del Close (1934-1999) • Performer and Director • Second City • ImprovOlympic • Truth in Comedy #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 22
  23. 23. Charna Halpern (1952- ) • Truth in Comedy • ImprovOlympic • The Harold #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 23
  24. 24. Yes, &#ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 24
  25. 25. Improv Rule 1A: Say "Yes" #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 25
  26. 26. Improv Rule 1B: Add Something #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 26
  27. 27. Now you're improvising #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 27
  28. 28. The End #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 28
  29. 29. More Rules Tips #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 29
  30. 30. Be specific #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 30
  31. 31. What's special about today? #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 31
  32. 32. If this is true, what else is true? #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 32
  33. 33. Callbacks #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 33
  34. 34. Follow The Rules: Agreement • Say "Yes" to writing • There are no wrong ideas • Build on your ideas: "Yes, &" • Have Fun #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 34
  35. 35. Follow The Rules: Specificity • More detail, more insight • Readers appreciate detail • Summary is for Twitter #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 35
  36. 36. Follow The Rules: What's special about today? • What else is happening in the world? • How does that affect your content? • Follow the unique angle #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 36
  37. 37. Follow The Rules: "If this is true, what else is true?" • Find your angle • Spin off additional posts • Increase the amount of content you create #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 37
  38. 38. Follow The Rules: Callbacks • Reference your own work • Link to your past posts • Reward your long-time followers • Link to other people's work #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 38
  39. 39. The Rules of Improv • Yes, & • Be Specific • What'Special About Today? • If This Is True, What else? • Callbacks #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 39
  40. 40. Books about Improv • Improvisation for the Theater - Viola Spolin • Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre - Keith Johnstone • Truth in Comedy - Del Close & Charna Halpern • Improvise:Scene from the Inside Out - Mick Napier • Jill Bernard's Small Cute Book of Improv - Jill Bernard #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 40
  41. 41. Local Shows • ComedySportz • Alamo City Improv • The Denials • Missed Opportunity (All Female Cast) #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 41
  42. 42. Improv Classes • ComedySportz • Alamo City Improv • The Denials • Missed Opportunity #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 42
  43. 43. Questions • What did you learn? • What can I clear up? • How do you plan on applying it? • Find me afterward and chat #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 43
  44. 44. #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 44
  45. 45. Slides, Resource Guide, and Photo Credits available at albush.com/iyb #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 45
  46. 46. Photo Credits • Slide 11: flickr photo by Drew Coffman https://flickr.com/ photos/drewcoffman/4815205632 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license • Slide 18: flickr photo by trickmonet https://flickr.com/ photos/trickmonet/3401178634 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license • Slide 20: Photo from Viola Spolin official website: http:// www.violaspolin.org/bio/ #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 46
  47. 47. Photo Credits • Slide 21: Photo from spolin.org: http://spolin.com/? page_id=547 • Slide 22: Photo from Chicago Reader: http:// www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/as-del-lay-dying/Content? oid=1109931 • Slide 23: Photo from iO: http://ioimprov.com/chicago/ classes/instructors/ #ImprovYourBlog | #WCSATX | @alanbush 47

×