Colin Thornton

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Improv as Sacred Space for Seeking Growth & Freedom!

<i>Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our</b> …

Improv To Improve: Three 'Rules' To Building An Engaged, Collaborative Team

We are living in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous — commonly referred to as VUCA — society. As leaders, we know that in order to navigate the shifting waters our teams have to be innovative and collaborative, our people agile and engaged. Historically, we could plan and …

5 Reasons Why Medical Improv is an Effective Strategy for Teaching Communication in Nursing

<b>Communication Skills in Nursing</b><p>It’s hard to believe that I’ve been an RN for over 30 years! For almost half of this time, I’ve been teaching …

Tips For a Better Improv Memory

<b>Names</b><br>Names is the first and hardest memory trial in improv. I kind of buried my head in the sand about that for many years but now I enjoy the …

How To Train Your Brain To Go Positive Instead Of Negative

Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly metabolized. This …

Happiness

Learning to Listen, With the Help of Improv

A veteran comedy teacher says that classes are about more than being funny.<p>In the last decade, improv comedy has produced some big names. From Tiny Fey to Amy Poehler, to Steve Carrell and Seth Rogen—improv comedy stars broke out beyond sketch comedy shows, such as <i>SNL</i> and <i>Whose Line Is It Anyway?</i>, …

25 Killer Actions to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit. – <b>E.E. Cummings</b><p>One …

Find Scene Inspiration in Four Easy Steps! Guaranteed! | The Complete Improviser

Turning inspiration, form a monologue or Harold opening, into a scene is a critical skill for a long form player. Young players struggle both in …

2 Great MISTAKES You Want to Make

You’ve heard the old adage “fail fast, fail often,” which encourages rapid iteration and the discovery of new and novel ideas. However, no one, …

Q&A: Planned Improv

Yeah, But Really, How Can I Get Better At Game?

Improv Nonsense<p>Improv Nonsense: The Book<p>I wrote a book, called <i>How to be The Greatest Improviser on Earth</i>. It's largely based on this blog. Go read …

10 Tips from the Master of Impro! | Actors & Performers

<b>"Be More Average."</b> Which, of course, means be yourself. We've heard Keith say this many times, but what is interesting to note is that this is the …

Thinking on Your Feet: Staying Cool and Confident Under Pressure

© iStockphoto<br>AlexSava<p>"So, Susan, your report indicates you support forging ahead with the expansion, but have you considered the impact that this …

8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More Confident (Even When You're Not)

Confidence: Highly coveted, yet often elusive. We dedicate time and energy to cultivating the feeling so we can tap into it when we need it most: at work, in business meetings, on dates, during tough conversations. Fortunately, there are a few science-backed tricks to get us there (even when we …

Letting Go Of Ego - The Open Mind

Your ego feeds your desire to be accepted, acknowledged, loved, and valued born out of your connections with others – society, family and culture. …

Seven Steps To Getting 'Out Of Your Head' And Into The Magic Zone Of Peak Performance

The front, relatively new part of our brain that can think rationally is what separates us from the animals. So if you want to, well, <i>perform like an animal</i>, you’ll need to switch that part of the brain off. It’s rarely easy. But it’s the key to getting into the so-called “zone” or a “state of flow” …

Self-help

3 Tips for Using a Suggestion at the Top of an Improv Scene

00<p>In theory, using a suggestion that an audience member throws out at the top of an improv scene should be easy. But in the hands of inexperienced of …