GQ has a great article detailing how learning how to be good at improv can make you better at other skills in life.
We are forever having to throw away our script and react and adapt to the unexpected, especially at work, when we innovate new products, solve new problems, work with new people. In fact, almost all of our communication is improvised. Does it not make sense to get good at it, to learn these secrets of improvisation? I think the ability to improvise is perhaps the essential skill of the modern world and I am going to share three of these secrets with you here.
You do this by:
- Becoming a better listener. Actually listen instead of pre-planning your response. Let what they say change you.
- Being in agreement with each other — Yes/And — accepting and building off of others’ ideas for true teamwork.
- Embrace mistakes – even the errors we make can move into interesting and surprising directions!