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Asked To Give An Impromptu Speech? Here's How To Be Ready

Asked To Give An Impromptu Speech? Here's How To Be Ready | Serious Play | Scoop.it
A couple of tricks to be ready for that impromptu speech.
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Skills Converged > Storytelling: Impromptu Delivery with Image

Skills Converged > Storytelling: Impromptu Delivery with Image | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This is entertaining exercise on getting delegates to quickly think of a story to tell based on a visual prompt. The options allow you to bias the exercise based on what you want delegates to practice on. They can then get feedback on their story telling.

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The Heart of Innovation: Improv to Improve Idea Generation

The Heart of Innovation: Improv to Improve Idea Generation | Serious Play | Scoop.it

In both brainstorm facilitation andimprovisational theater, you're trying to tap the creative imagination of people in order to create something new. In both, you need to loosen up the habitual thinking and behaviors of the "audience" so they become more than just passive observers, but active participants.

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TEDxVictoria - Dave Morris: The Way of Improvisation

Improviser and storyteller Dave Morris teaches you 7 steps to improvising and how they apply to life in "The Way of Improvisation." Filmed at TEDxVictoria on November 19 2011. 

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Improv (e):

1. Play (here and now)
2. Let yourself fail
3. Listen
4. Say Yes
5. Say And
6. Play the Game
7. Relax and Have Fun.

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Improv Encyclopedia

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Encyclopedia of improv games, improv terms, formats, and references. Whole site can be downloaded as a PFD booklet.

 

Improv Encyclopedia is the largest collection or resources for improvization theater on the web. Here you will find tons of stuff related to improvization theatre.

For those not particularly looking for improv-related material we feature:

Icebreakers: games or activities that help "break the ice" at events where there are lots of people who don't know each otherWarm-ups: games to get people in a playful moodgames and exercises to promote group Group Trustexercises and games to encourage Spontaneitylots of drama and theater Games
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What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common

What the best jazz musicians and business brains have in common | Serious Play | Scoop.it
How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

Via Maya Mathias
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Talents of best jazz musicians are applicable to business people

The best in their field need to be expert improvisers

Balancing free expression and rules is another important skill

'Hit a groove' and work in teams to get the best from individuals

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, March 13, 2013 6:42 PM

I'm a trained theatrical improviser, and use improv skills in my leadership and innovation training.  Love how this article summarizes how improv can make you a better leader for today's turbulent business climate.

John Michel's curator insight, March 14, 2013 7:32 AM

(CNN) -- How do you cope when faced with complexity and constant change at work? Successful leaders do what jazz musicians do: they improvise.

They invent novel responses and take calculated risks without a scripted plan or a safety net. They negotiate with each other as they proceed, and they don't dwell on mistakes or stifle each other's ideas.

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John Michel, experienced leader, humanitarian, visioneer, and renown status quo buster, is the author of the ground breaking book, Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo will Propel you from Ordinary to Extraordinary. Check out his blog at www.MediocreMe.com or drop him a note at johnmichel@MediocreMe.com


Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 14, 2013 6:52 PM

Improv.  The art of teaching, as well.  

 

" To foster innovation, leaders hedge against the trap of "too much consensus." The underlying assumption is that when people disagree, they're both right. Thus, such organizations tolerate and encourage dissent and debate."



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Skills Converged > Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of…

Skills Converged > Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of… | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Objective

Tell a story about a given random object.

 

Purpose

This exercise helps with creative storytelling and impromptu delivery. It can also be used as an icebreaker to help delegates learn about each other. The choice of objects dictates what kinds of areas would be covered. Choose the object based on the background of delegates as well as their age. You can also use it for an exercise on creative writing or public speaking.


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Skills Converged > Acting Exercise: Impromptu Delivery

Skills Converged > Acting Exercise: Impromptu Delivery | Serious Play | Scoop.it

This entertaining exercise helps delegates practice their acting in front of an audience. Each person will be required to deliver a speech about a given topic. You can vary the exercise by expecting a specific style of speech or just leave it completely uncontrolled. It is ideal for training on acting, storytelling and public speaking.

 
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Improv Gift: Viv and Johnnie’s Super Cool Cards | Amanda Fenton

Improv Gift: Viv and Johnnie’s Super Cool Cards | Amanda Fenton | Serious Play | Scoop.it

One of my favourite take-aways from the Applied Improv Network Conference was a set of the super cool cards Viv McWaters and Johnnie Moore co-created with designer Mary Campbell


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These cards are great!

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Karen Schmidt's curator insight, October 8, 2013 7:33 AM

same here - one year later. I was happy to meet Viv at this years conference in Berlin. Thanks for sharing! These cards are certainly a wonderful gift!

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Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker

Practice Improvisation to Become a Faster and More Creative Thinker | Serious Play | Scoop.it
If spontaneity is something you need to work on, consider trying out some of these improvisation exercises to get your mind thinking more quickly and creatively.
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Easy ways to practice improvisation by yourself.

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Improvisation

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Odds are, you are already an improv expert, and you don't even know it. Sharpen your skills the way troupes do, and transform the effectiveness of your teams.

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How to think faster, better on your feet - CNN.com

How to think faster, better on your feet - CNN.com | Serious Play | Scoop.it

" Life coach Gail Blanke went to acting school to learn to improvise in any situation. Turns out the tricks that actors use on stage can help you score a date, land a job -- or just make any conversation more engaging".

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Nick Burnett's curator insight, February 8, 2013 1:46 PM

Some really interesting thoughts

Chris Ware's curator insight, April 30, 2013 1:55 AM

I want you to think about how drama can help you with real life siuations. Where and how could you use imprevisation skills? Can you recall a time, When you have used your drama skills, to get what you wanted?

Renae Phillips's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:08 PM

They say Drama is just acting and has nothing to do with the real world, but i disagree strongly.  When have you been in a situation in the real world where you had to think fast on your feet and improvise?  Where have you used what you learnt in drama to help you get what you want in life? Drama is all about action reaction and plays a strong role in your everyday life.