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Collaborative Improv
David Farkas @dafark8
#CollaborativeImprov
November 2019
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WORKSHOP WORKBOOKS
TODAY’S STRUCTURE
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WARM UP
SINGLE WORD SENTENCE
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A Note on Facilitation
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INTRODUCTIONS
WHO IS THIS GUY?
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INTRODUCTIONS
& ROLL CALL
YOUR TURN
Preferred Name
Preferred Pronoun
Goal for Today
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INTRO TO IMPROV
WHAT IS THIS ANYWAYS?
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Improv is Storytelling
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Improv is Not Comedy
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Improv is Reacting
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Rules of Improv
1. Everything is True
2. Don’t Force Funny
3. Failure is OK
4. Listen to the Scene
5. Support Your Players
6. Details Matter
7. Raise the Stakes
8. Yield to the Strongest Offer
9. You are NOT the Star
10. Remember Everything
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Rule 1 – Everything is True
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Rule 2 – Stop Trying to Make Funny
Happen
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Rule 3 – Failure is OK
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Rule 4 – Listen to the Scene
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Rule 5 – Support Your Players
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Rule 6 – Location, Location, Location
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Rule 7 – Raise the Stakes
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Rule 8 – Yield to the Strongest Offer
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Rule 9 – You are NOT the Star
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Rule 10 – Remember Everything
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Rules of Improv
1. Everything is True
2. Don’t Force Funny
3. Failure is OK
4. Listen to the Scene
5. Support Your Players
6. Details Matter
7. Raise the Stakes
8. Yield to the Strongest Offer
9. You are NOT the Star
10. Remember Everything
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•Family Dinner
•Play with Best Intentions
•Play to Highest Intellect
•I’ve Got Your Back
•Stop Anytime
IMPROV’S MINDSET
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•We are strangers
•No swearing
•Respect the Code of
Conduct
•It’s not about funny
(Rule 2)
ACTIVITY GROUNDRULES
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PARTY PLANNING –
YES AND
HANDS ON
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PARTY PLANNING –
YES AND
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PARTY PLANNING –
NO INSTEAD
HANDS ON
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PARTY PLANNING –
NO INSTEAD
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PARTY PLANNING
DISCUSSION
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PARTY PLANNING –
DISCUSSION
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GOALS CHECK-IN
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?
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APPLYING IMPROV
WHERE DO I USE THIS?
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IMPROV IN
PRESENTATIONS
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RFP – Requirement Gathering
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Sales Approach
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Communicate Findings
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Presenting Concepts
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Robot Pirate Ninja
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PREMISE LAWYER
HANDS ON
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PREMISE LAWYER –
DISCUSSION
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BREAK
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GOALS CHECK-IN
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?
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RPS THUNDERDOME
HANDS ON
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RPS THUNDERDOME –
VICTOR
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IMPROV FOR
COLLABORATION
WHERE DO I USE THIS?
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IMPROV IN
IDEATION
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Workshops
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Affinity Diagram
Taxonomy & Structure
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Participatory Design
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IMPROV IN RESEARCH
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Technical Issues
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Participant Variables
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Energy Levels – Crazy 8s
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LEVERAGING BODY
LANGUAGE
HOW DO I USE THIS?
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WALK IN THE PARK
HANDS ON
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WALK IN THE PARK –
DISCUSSION
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Communication Is Only Sorta Verbal
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Open Body Language
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Closed Body Language
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Mirroring
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Body Language Builds Trust
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Body Language Builds Consensus
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4 Emotions
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PEAS IN A POD
HANDS ON
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PEAS IN A POD –
DISCUSSION
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SECRETS OF IMPROV
HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS
AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE
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Secret – Don’t Call it Improv!
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Small Doses
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GOALS CHECK-IN
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?
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Thank You (Resources)
No Parking Players - www.noparkingplayers.ofpgh.org
Rules of Improv Encyclopedia (Rules & Games)
improvencyclopedia.org/references/Rules_of_Improv.html
improvencyclopedia.org/games
Gamestorming (Improv For Us) - gamestorming.com
Never Split the Difference, Chris Voss
The Culture Map, Erin Meyer
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