New Year, Same You (But Better)

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It’s the beginning of January, which means that people are doing two things: Making new resolutions. Writing the wrong year on things. I’ve written in the past about resolutions, including why resolutions suck but why you should make them anyway and how to keep your resolutions, but the important thing to remember is that resolutions don’t… Continue Reading >

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Skill of Humor Part 2: Explore and Heighten

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Last week, we talked about the first principle of being funnier: sharing your point of view. This week we’re talking about step two: exploring and heightening that point of view. Improv teaches us how to do that. Improvisers at UCB, Second City, and ComedySportz accept and build, explore and heighten, and find the interesting thing… Continue Reading >

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Creating a Joke with 185

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How do you create puns? It’s a question that I’m (not all that) frequently asked. And the key, like any skill, is practice. However, coming up with something out of nothing is difficult. As I shared a few weeks ago, there is structure in creativity. And that structure makes things easier. One way to get better… Continue Reading >

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Why Leaders Need Improv

In a world that is constantly (and rapidly) shifting, leaders have to be adept at not only reacting to, but leading through change. And what better way to learn how to manage change than from the masters of adapting to the moment: improvisers. What can leaders learn from improv, in addition to yes and? Take… Continue Reading >

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The Hidden Structure of Creativity

In the near future, we will collaborate with AI-driven programs to unlock our own creativity (check out some Creative AI programs that already exist). How? Through an understanding of creative structures. Many people believe that creativity is about being unrestricted and free, that it involves waiting around for inspiration and is almost mystical in how it… Continue Reading >

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