Creative Improv

Friday, 03 February 2012   |   Creativity Challenges

CollaborationSometimes really good creative thinking happens when you just let things flow. But this is not easy for a lot of us.  We have this desire to plan things, to know what's going to happen and in what order.  So this weeks challenge is an exercies in just letting things flow.  You may need to try it a few times before you get the hang of it but it can be a powerful tool once you've got it down.

Your creative challenge this week is to conduct an improv conversation.  Get a group of you together.  You'll use our random word generator to direct the conversation.  As each person contributes to the improv they will generate a random word from the random word generator and that word must be used in their contribution.  You can decide on a scene before starting or just run with whatever happens with the first word.

Here are some general rules for improv that will help your session run smoother.

  • Agree and add - Work with what the others are saying and doing, not against it.  Then add something new so the next person has something to work with and build upon.
  • Radiate energy - The more you are into the scene the more others will get into the scene and the more successful it will be.
  • Be active - wherever possible, don't just talk but include gestures or actions.  It helps add energy and adds to the scene.
  • Avoid questions - sometimes questions are appropriate but often they are just a simple way to offload the work onto the others.  It destroys the flow and is unfair on the others.

Don't try and control the scene.  Just let it flow, have fun and see where you end up.


Remember to check back next Friday when our next Creativity Challenge will be released.

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