Applied improvisation aims to teach people how to use impro techniques in their professional lives, and to improve their performance and confidence at work.
Professional skill development is often broken down in very separate and specific areas, like giving feedback, presentation skills or leadership. Most of the training you receive is highly specific and includes a mental blueprint to apply in each situation.
The more blueprints you have, however, the more difficult it is to be proficient in them. Also, when you follow a blueprint, you’re not present in the moment, you are in your head.
Applied improvisation goes around this issue, focusing on essential skills that, for some reason, we all assume we are good at.
Listening, being aware of your environment, communicating ideas, supporting your partner, making decisions and accepting risks are all fundamental skills that Applied Improvisation teaches, and that are essential to everyone’s professional development.
Although at first sight impro appears relaxed and loose, it is a radical and refined communication technique developed in over 30 years of practice. Actors start their scene with nothing but a one-word suggestion and their success fully depends on their ability to communicate, listen to, build on and support other ideas and intentions.
Applied improvisation takes those techniques, tools and mindsets and uses them to help professional develop or improve specific skills.