Creative Smaaaash: Executive Improv Training Workbook 

 

We are focused on connecting. 

 

Creatively connecting with others in the class. Connecting with your unlimited imagination. Connecting with your story. Connecting with your joy. Connecting with your courage in getting here and trying something new. Connecting with the various games we play, the simple or confusing rules and with the setups. Connecting with the thrill of a fantastic scene or the challenge of doing it once again. Connecting with your audience of peers. 

 

YES AND – I really want these connections to hold. To stick with you. I want you to take each connection and bring them with you to your work life.  BUT I really need your help here. 

 

The class comes and goes with so much more to be done, to be taught, to learn. Our mission at Creative Smaaash is to build a bridge between creative imagination and real-life sustainable earnings. I know there will be new creative, unseen doors that will open for you and I know this workbook can aid you in being prepared for them, if not bridging them together. Doing the workbook can help you put them into words, connecting the creative work to your business process, your mindset. I believe the more creative you are the happier you become and the happier you become the more you can earn. Maybe we can call this… “bridging”.

 

Over the years I have seen the many ways the work transforms business, I have seen the poof! I want to deepen it this year.

 

I hope this workbook aids you in understanding each and every tenet, or commandments of improv, and how each one can really impact your business life. Creating this workbook has really aided me in finding the words to help bridge this gap. 

 

We will go through the modules in class, you can also go through them at home. Take as long as you like. This is optional, however, after you complete all the modules, completed the questions, shared about them in class I will present you with a fancy certificate of completion.

 

You can do this!  

 

Connecting with The 

Commandments 

Module 1: Trust 

 

Trust. In improv, we are encouraged to build trust amongst the group. 

 

Here is how the Commandment reads:

 

COMMANDMENT ONE: TRUST

Let’s get started with our first commandment, trust. A painter trusts his tools to execute his vision. An actor has to trust that his tools, which are the other actors on stage, will adhere to the fundamentals and basics of improvisation. The difference here is that a painter has control over his paintbrush, whereas an actor has no control over his fellow actors. This is why trust is essential in improv. An actor has to be able to trust the other actors on stage.

 

In our improv sessions, we learn to trust our fellow players when they accept our ideas no matter how outlandish or simple it is. This form of creative acceptance can form a bond that can lead to a rich, supportive platform on stage. This, in turn, can add tremendous value to the overall class experience. It is just wonderful when we all build this supportive community, so much creative clarity can be mined.  

 

You can then, in turn, learn to be trusted by; Actively listening to the other players, accepting their improv work as truth, avoiding asking a lot of questions, adding substance to the scenes by valuing to what you hear, bearing improv gifts to the stage. 

 

Often in our business lives, we often are trained to be suspicious of others, their motives, their offers, and this can lead to a feeling of isolation. We want to build trust, both in class and in our business. We want to trust that our clients will pay us what we are worth and they want to trust our expertise, our quality of work. 

 

Bridge it:  Creative = Business

 

  • In your business life, are their ways you behave, or in your marketing, or in the way you present your product or services that might make others not trust you? 

 

  • Are their times you have promised you would do something and did not deliver?

 

  • Have there been experiences in your business life where you have lost trust in a client? What happened?

 

  • How has this changed the way you perceive them? 

 

  • Are their creative, maybe even fun ways you can create more trust in your business life, your offerings? 

 

  • What about your team… How are you building trust with your team? 

 

  • Are their creative ways you can bolster the feeling of trust? 

 

  • How are you going to build a deep sense of trust, starting tomorrow with yourself, your team, your clients and your vendors?