Feeling like you’re in a rut at work? Learn to say “yes, and…” by taking an improv class for business types. If you’re afraid to look silly in front of your employees, do it alone, or take the whole crew along for some comedic team-building.
(Illustrations: Graham Roumieu)
Step 1: Sign up for an actual class. (Improvisation is not something you can learn via YouTube).
Step 2: Pump yourself up. It’s scary to get silly around strangers, but that’s kind of the point.
Step 3: Don’t be “cool.” Skepticism will not help you nail an ad hoc song in a skit about feral cats.
Step 4: Learn to support and build on your peers’ ideas, no matter how weird. Teamwork!