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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Listen Like an Improviser

Good improvisors are good listeners. Here's how they (and YOU!) can do it:

1.  Look in the eyes. Engage.

2.  Stop thinking about what you want to say and listen to what is actually being said.

3.  "Yes, and."  Listen and build. Listen and react.

4.  Smile. Give non verbals. Make them look good. 

5.  Listen with your full body. Be present. Sometimes just being with a person is enough.

6. Breathe. Make sure you are breathing. :)

It's that easy (or that hard!) Give yourself (and your partner) the gift of being present.

1 comment:

  1. I've found that tip number 3 is effective if you are working in a restaurant. "I'd like a grilled cheese" "Yes, and..." "um, an order of fries" "Yes, and...." "a beer", "Yes, and...." "a slice of pie", "Yes, and..." "a coffee" etc etc until the check is increased and a larger table is needed for all the food. Improv = expanded restaurant profits!