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.
- 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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