- Think quickly, especially under pressure...
- Unleash your creativity so you are never at a loss for new ideas...
- Turn negativity and self-doubt into enjoyment and bull-dog determination...
- Develop effective people skills to become more successful in your business and personal life...
- Release limiting beliefs about what you can accomplish and who you are...
- Feel confident enough to enjoy public speaking...
- Prove you can do it despite all your previous doubts...
- Re-discover the playfulness and joy you had as a small child...
- And, much more...
WHAT ALL GOOD IMPROV TRAINING SHOULD INCLUDE:
- A clear, simple, step-by-step approach. Many teachers just throw a bunch of random Improv games together and call it a class. I saw a teacher with 30 years of experience even say, "This game is fun, but I have no idea what it teaches." I call that shoddy teaching. Any good teacher should have a clear blueprint for how to take their students step-by-step to their goals.
- The teacher should adapt to the abilities and learning styles of the the students. Just because someone is a good improviser does not mean they are a good teacher. It's sad how often people form negative ideas about themselves -- when they just had a bad teacher. A good teacher adapts to the needs and learning styles of each person.
- They should explain how to apply what you're learning to your life. Many classes don't do this at all. I've seen a teacher explain a concept and immediately do the opposite. Part of the joy of Improv is using the skills all over your life. That can be tricky and a good teacher should be doing it and teaching you how to yourself.
- The teacher should create a warm and supportive environment for learning. Many people use improv as a powerful tool for overcoming fears and insecurities. It's how you can break out of your comfort zone. It is vital that the class be an environment where you can feel safe and protected.
What are the skills you need to learn?
Okay, so now: what the heck are the skills you need?
- Overcome stage fright and feel confident in front of others.
- Project confidence and create a positive image.
- Connect with others and quickly create a cohesive team. (Whether with 2 people or 10.)
- How to let your ideas flow freely -- even with everyone watching.
- Get a scene or story started from a scratch.
- Communicate so fluidly it looks like you're reading another person's mind. (It's a simple trick.)
- Encourage and support other's ideas so they're excited to work with you.
- Come alive so you look vibrant and exciting. (Use your gestures, eye contact, posture and voice for maximum impact.)
- How to keep people on the edge of their seats with anticipation.
- Using basic scene and story structures to help guarantee your success.
- How to handle it when your mind goes blank and what to do next. (This applies to any situation.)
- Captivate audience attention with a few simple tricks.
- How to keep going when someone blocks your ideas.
- How to make a scene interesting... even if nothing is really happening.
- Avoiding the mistakes that kill scenes, bore your audience, make your partner feel stuck and are so easily avoided.
- Adding unexpected twists that delight your audience and even surprise you.