Mar 9, 2017
What does improvisation bring to business and
life? The idea that we are not competing. We are in
agreement, working together, have each others' back and
building a relationship.
Travis Thomas is an author, speaker, coach, improviser and
expert at applying the cornerstone of improv - "YES AND!" - to
succeed in life and business.
Today, you'll learn how improvisation has shaped Travis's
life and how it will shape yours. Don't miss this fun,
intensly meaningful conversation. You will leave with a
concrete tool that will help you to live inspired like never
My Main Takeaways:
- Being nervous means you care. As an
improviser, we don't think "oh no" instead, we reframe it from
nervous energy to excited energy.
- "You cannot progress until you say
yes." The bedrock of improvisation, whether you are
on a stage or the "stage of life" is Yes
and... YES is acceptance (not trying to control
because you can't change the facts).
- In improvisation, you have an understanding that no matter
what the other person says, you are accepting it (YES!). The
'AND' is where you build off of the accepted truth to
get to the next level.
- Why work from an "improv" framework? "The
understanding in improv is that at no point are we competing or
trying to sabotage. We are in agreement, working together, have
each others' back, and creating a relationship." Imagine doing
life and business in a world like THAT.
- Un-programming the "no but"
response. It makes us fall into a victim
mindset. When you hear it, let it be a red flag.
Replace it with "yes and!"
- Be aware of BCE: Blaming, complaining or
making excuses. When you catch your self BCE-ing, take ownership
and ask yourself, "How would I respond if I was on purpose/my
best/in the "yes and" mindset?"
- If you're stuck: Go back to your beliefs
because they create your perspective; and your perspective
informs your actions and behavior. Read a great
a book that will challenge your belief about yourself and the world
to raise your expectation and mental model.
- We influence through our interactions. Every interaction we
either bless or hinder. Bless with love, forgiveness, compassion.
It will positively impact.
- The members of teams and cultures based on improv have
people who feel safe, trusted and respected ("psychological
safety"). These are the teams that thrive and have
life-forming collaboration, because there is so much trust you
don't have to worry.
- There are no mistakes. This is a key
improv principle. Imagine a business or a relationship where there
were no mistakes? What could you do?
- It's not about figuring it out. It's about
saying 'yes and' now because the momentum comes
from accepting it right away and taking action.
- Leap and the net will appear. Improv is like
this African proverb; trust and know the outcome will be
good even if we don't know what it is.
- Get a copy of Travis's book
Three Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes
- I was a guest on Travis' Live Yes And! podcast. Check
it out here.
- Care less about what people think about you and care more about
what is purposeful to you.
TRAVIS THOMAS'S LIVE
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly
dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you
do? The first annual Yes! Fest. I want to help inspire to
put on an event that are youth oriented, because everyone tells me
they wish they had this when they were a teen.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people
are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What
would it be? A collection of letters that my wife and
friends have written me and a book that, when I was the
assistant coach at Principia College, my players each wrote a page
about the impact I had on them.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus. "Hey Jesus,
look where we are? Is this what you meant? What is your one
suggestion to get on the path that you know we should be on."
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever
received? It is also the hardest advice for me to
take. Care less about what people think about you and care more
about what is purposeful to you.
6. Looking back, what advice would you give
yourself at age 20? Don't care what people think.
Don't worry about the outcome. You know what you're passionate
about. You know whats in your heart. Don't be rational. Don't be
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? He never stopped growing and he tried to do his
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