While many think Applied Improvisation is about telling jokes and being funny, this is not true! AI is about taking ideas and concepts from professional improvisation techniques and applying them to business, relationships, education and life! Imagine that you or yours were ready to train to be a professional soccer player and you were asked to succeed by reading and learning from a book! We all know that for 99.9% of us this would never work, yet we expect business leaders and students to learn life, business and social skills from books, videos and lectures. AI gives participants the opportunity to practice new skills (hands-on/kinesthetically) in a low-risk environment so they may immediately be more effective.
Here is what one of our AI consultants has to say:
“Mindset is a frame through which we view our successes, mistakes, fears, and triumphs, and a powerful driver of perceptions about self, one’s capabilities and place in the world. New research about the power of mindset to empower or inhibit learning and change shows that therapists can galvanize clients’ capacity to embrace new ideas, practice new behaviors and connect with new social networks through our understanding and application of it. Applied Improvisation is a creative, highly collaborative process that demonstrates the concept of shifting mindsets through direct experience, which is shown to produce curable, long-range change in behavior. Improv experiences cultivate mental acuity and flexibility, social-emotional connections to others, the psychological “muscle” of exploring uncertainty with courage, heightened awareness of the possibilities of the moment, receptivity to the unpredictable and listening skills, all of which are linked to the “growth” mindset.” Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP. MT