You'll Want to Tape this List to Your Wall.

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The Second City in Chicago is famous in the world of Improv. In Leonard and Yorton's book, Yes, And, they give us a back stage view of Second City and their work with corporations using improv to equip teams to meet the challenges of their work. The book is a wonderful read and has potential to change the way you work by applying the 7 elements of improv. (Click HERE to get your very own copy of Yes, And.) Toward the end of the book they share a list that they taped to the wall in their office. I believe it will help you perform better under pressure.  It's worth taping to your wall too:

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  • Look people in the eye when you meet them.
  • Smile.
  • Don’t check your texts or e- mail when someone else is talking.
  • Be curious.
  • Try to eliminate the word no from your vocabulary for just one day.
  • When you are wrong, acknowledge it, say you’re sorry, and move on.
  • Forgive yourself and forgive others.
  • Lead as you would want to be led...
  • Be on time.
  • Excel at preparation.
  • Ask yourself, what is the problem you are trying to solve?
  • Make your partner look good.
  • Respect, don’t revere.
  • Listen to the whole person.
  • Read the room.
  • Share the conversation.
  • Love your work.
  • Applaud others.
  • Say we rather than I whenever possible.
  • Consider that you might not be right.
  • Open your door.
  • Try not to work out of fear; work from a sense of possibility.
  • Understand the audience you’re trying to win over, and give them a role.
  • Be an improviser.

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