Improv Games: Blind Line

“Blind Line” is a great and very funny improv game uses the critical improv skills of “justification” and “incorporation.” Interestingly, the gimmick of this game makes it fun even when it is not played well. When it is played well it can bring the house down.

Purpose

The purpose of this game is to practice reacting to changing circumstances quickly and powerfully.

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Creativity Exercises: Simple Word Associations

Word association is what I consider to be the first creativity building exercise. It’s actually a simple improv comedy drill.

You can do a word association with a partner. First you say a word, and then your partner says the first word that comes to his mind, then you say the first word, then he says the first word, then you say the first word, and so on and so on. The goal is to go as fast as possible, listen to your partner, not pre-think of what you will say, and just say the first thing that comes to your mind. That’s really all there is too it.
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Improv Games: Scenes Without the Letter

“Scenes Without the Letter” is one of my absolute favorite improv games. I would often use this game to open shows, so you know it’s fun! In addition to being fun, it is one of the most useful exercises to teach people to take risks and put failure in perspective..

Purpose

The point of this game is to demonstrate that it’s not whether we succeed or fail, but how we make our attempts that make the difference.

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Improv Game: Ding!

“Ding” is one of my favorite games, both to play and also to use as a tool to show people how to apply improv lessons to business and life. You can see a video example along with more explanation below the written description.

Purpose

The purpose of this exercise is to practice staying in the moment, letting go of ideas, changing direction quickly, and flowing with your creativity.
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Better Relationships Through Improv Comedy!

Valentine’s Day is approaching, so I have decided to share some ideas on how to use improv comedy to be a good “Valentine” It’s a little (or a lot) different from the traditional “Improv for Business” stuff, but if an improviser can’t act outside-of-the-box once in a while, who can? :-)

Here are the “Better Relationships Through Improv Comedy!” Tips!

Put Your Focus on Your Partner

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7 Ways to Use Your Creativity to Solve Your Problems

Problems suck! Unfortunately, they’re not going away anytime soon. Hoping that they’ll go away or wishing they never happened will accomplish nothing – other than potentially making them worse.

In order to solve your problems you must tap your creativity. Think about it: If you already knew the solution to your problem you would apply it and no longer have the problem! By definition therefore, you have to think of new ideas to solve the things that are troubling you.

The next time you try to solve a problem, try applying any (or all) of these approaches:
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