We have learned to hold events online that connect more people with reasonable efficiency. And yet, the virtual falls short when it comes to the quality of interactions..
Can you be an improviser if you are not a gifted artist?
Yes, you can. In fact, you are.
Have you ever felt deflated by attending a conference where there’s presentation after presentation – and you seem to get nothing from it?
If we focus on playing well or enjoying the game, our performance will improve. What might you win by playing to play, instead of fearing failure when failure has few consequences?
When do you play to play, rather than win? How often do you play to learn, experimentally exploring the dimensions of the game to discover what it has to offer?
Many facilitators find it helpful to think in terms of Structures and their concomitant Freedoms when designing and running activities that aim to engage participants at appropriate levels of safety, risk and challenge..
A recent post on the Applied Improvisation Network’s Facebook page asked for fun ways to determine who goes first in an activity.
The consensus was to aim for the sweet spot of innocuous enough not to cause offense, yet interesting enough to prompt a quick get-to-know-you..
Building enthusiasm and skills are vital components of any role. Our training provided to Sellafield employees was no exception if they were going to be able to better interact with visitors and provide an improved experience overall. Afterall, it seemed there was little else to do to pass the time on a rainy day in Cumbria…
Many of us have fresh experiences of working from home. While #WFH will remain a trendy hashtag for a long time yet, some of us will be making the journey back to shared offices. Wouldn’t it be great if we could merge the best elements from our domestic professional arrangements with the most valuable aspects of being face-to-face?
When we are not face-to-face with each other in real rooms, we can lose people’s attention very easily.
Participants drift away mentally and who knows what happens when the camera is turned off? There are some really simple ways to engage and sustain people’s attention on a topic…
One of my colleagues was preparing to facilitate a corporate event for 200 or so people in a conference room, and she was worried. She wanted to lead them through a physical activity in random pairs, in which the partners would alternate a count to 3. It’s a classic improvisational warm-up activity designed to generate connection…
Your team has been working hard in a difficult and novel working environment, and you’d like to reward them for their efforts. In your next online team meeting you want to involve them in deciding on a treat.
You ask them for ideas, but it’s a struggle to get them to put forward suggestions..
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