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The Power Of Saying Yes And Other Lessons From Improv Class

It’s never too late to try something new, and for us this week that’s improv. The first lesson that you learn in improv is that saying “yes, and…” is crucial for developing interesting ideas.

The concept seems simple. You agree with anything that’s happening in the scene and any idea that’s introduced by someone else even if you thought it was going in a different direction. In practice, it takes a little while getting used to because in every day dialogue we tend to prioritize our ideas over others.

In this episode we discuss why saying yes is an effective tool in any creative exercise, especially when brainstorming ideas for something. We give specific examples of how this technique can be used to generate new ideas, and how we used it this week to put together a presentation for a talk we’re giving on Wednesday.

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