Fail Fast

We must allow ourselves the opportunity to fail in that the cornerstone for creativity is experimentation and exploration.  Creativity hinges on these two pillars and when one experiments and explores failure will undoubtedly be part of the process.  The key is to embrace failure- but do it fast! Marissa Mayer (CEO/ Yahoo) talks about the…

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Unscripted

A script is something that is written down and we follow.  Scripts in our daily lives include calendars, “To Do” lists, agendas, self-help books and numerous apps.  Take a look at your calendar and your “To Do” list and see how much during a typical month you are deviating off the script.  If you’re like…

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Make Statements- Improvisation in the Workplace

The Groundlings School of Improvisation taught me to make statements. I personally love to ask questions, however, this keeps me from thinking outside the box. Last week I talked to a real estate company in Columbus and did my keynote address- “Eyes of a Leader”. I had the entire audience perform improvisation to experience the…

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Acting in Corporate America

One of my acting students was a doctor at Ohio State before he got transferred to Pittsburgh. He had an interest in acting and wanted to see what it would be like to get on stage and perform. My student signed up for my 8 week film acting class and made all 8 weeks. The…

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Validate Your Assumptions

It’s easy to make assumptions. The problem with making assumptions is we begin to create a false reality that is not grounded in facts or truth. Furthermore, we are more worried about winning our point with our assumption rather than asking questions and getting to the truth of the matter. Take for instance two individuals…

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The Mental Prison

MENTAL PRISON- 4 SIDES 1st side of a box- Perfectionism 2nd side of a box- Negativity 3rd side of box- Judgment 4th side of box- Fear How do we get in the box? If our focus is internal (on ourselves and our issues) we are living in the mental prison/ head. Being in our head…

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Yes And

A key tool in improvisation is the “Yes And” technique. The “Yes And” technique means to agree with your partner and add something to the conversation when used in improvisation. Watch improvisational performers perform and rarely if ever will you see them use the word “no”. The reason being once the word “No” is used…

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