By amplifying everyday interactions, the core principles of improvisation highlight how what might initially seem trivial components of communication actually has a big impact on the direction and results of conversations and discussions.
Make Each Other Look Good;
The easiest way to look good is to make others look good. Throwing other people under the bus might give you momentary glory but it is a sure way to break the fabric of a team.
Accept All Offers;
Without the first offer, nothing will get started. Shut offers down often enough and no offers will come anymore, stifling any opportunities for progress.
Don’t Hog the Stage;
Know when to shine, and when to shut it. Make sure you listen actively and try to make others look good to avoid being a stage hog.
Yes, and...Yes, but.... > No, but....
Be careful with your buts. Often this little word will have a big impact, it will shut down any further exploration.
And some fun activities to bring some improve into your teams:
Stand in a circle. The goal is to count to 21 as a group. The moment that two people say the same number or if two people standing next to each other follow each other, you'll have to start over.
Stand in a circle. without instructions or any signals try to clap at the same time. Feel the moment and try to get as close as possible.