Michael Jackson is not only the king of pop, but a master improviser. At his concert you will see him yelling at his fans and telling them that he loves them, he then begins chanting with them and exchanging dialogue all of which is improvised. Take a look:
The most memorable keynote address I delivered is when I had my own Michael Jackson moments and I improvised. I had 3 parts in my presentation which were improvised and off the script:
1. Disappearing at the opening
2. Presenting in the middle of the room
3. Performing improvisational sketches
When the gentleman finished my introduction and said, “Here is Chad J. Willett” I quietly walked past him and the entire audience and exited the room without saying a word. I stayed out in the hallway for about 10 seconds and then re-appeared and began the keynote address. When I re-entered the room the audience had a big laugh and it ended up being an ice breaker for me and the group.
I also presented in the middle of the room (for a couple of minutes) to connect with the audience that was sitting in the back of the room and let them know that they were part of this experience of “Smashing the Box.” The audience appeared shocked to see their presenter speaking in the middle of the room during the presentation and not up front behind a podium or on a stage.
Finally, I performed two improvisational sketches with audience members to demonstrate how one “Smashes the Box” both personally and professionally. I believe it is one thing to talk about theories and techniques, and another thing to put those techniques to a test in front of a live audience. I wanted to do the latter.
There is only one Michael Jackson, however, we can all have these moments when we present at meetings, during banquets, or ceremonies if we get off the script and improvise. Creativity is about courage, trying something new, and taking risks, all of which Michael Jackson was a master at.
Chad J. Willett (National Speakers Association/ Screen Actors Guild) is a motivational speaker who blogs about Williams Shakespeare, Elon Musk, Meg Whitman, Michelangelo, and many other creative geniuses as a means of unleashing our creative energies.