We are all creative beings and it begins with each us believing we are creative. Having a frame of mind that we have creative talents will allow us to unleash our creativity. It really is that simple.
Improvisation exercises are an excellent way to dig for creativity. I recently attended an Applied Improv Conference led by Applied Improvisation Network members Brent Darnell and Robert Lowe. It was an excellent conference and I learned some valuable guidelines for improv below:
• Listen to what is being said. Don't focus on what you are going to say next.
• Use the words "yes and." Don't deny or say no. You want to go with the scene that is building and don't change the relationship or environment.
• Be honest with yourself and others.
• Be in the present moment.
Whether you are trying to brainstorm a new product offering, resolving a conflict, striving to increase team cohesiveness, liven up a meeting, or other objective, these guidelines can help set the stage as you use improv techniques to foster creativity. The use of improv extends far beyond the theater and can be a valuable tool in classrooms, training/coaching sessions, the boardroom, teams, and many other environments.
The next time you want to spark creativity, believe you are creative, then dig into some improv exercises and see what surfaces.