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


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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