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.
Don’t check your texts or e- mail when someone else is talking.
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.
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.