I met Kat Koppett at the Applied Improvisation Network World Conference in August, but I’ve actually been a fan of hers for a long time.
Kat is the author of a “bible” in the world of applied improvisation, Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques for Trainers and Managers to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning.
Kat got into improv rather accidentally. She trained as an actor, and fell in love with improv because, ironically, there were rules for being spontaneous!
(Remind you of anything? Yours truly had to create “rules” in order to free myself of the perfectionist paralysis that was keeping me from doing the creative things I longed to do. “Rules” that ultimately became the 10 Guideposts of my book, The Creative Sandbox Way.)
Plus in improv, unlike in scripted theater, you can play anything. And you get to be writer and director and actor, all at the same time!
I’ve been doing improv for about four and a half years now, and I’ve been telling people for four and a half years that if I could recommend one thing to make a positive impact on your life, your business, your relationships, it would be to take improv classes.
Kat reflected this when she said in our conversation that “improv is the gym for life.”
In other words, improv is the gym for a lot of the skills that individuals and organizations realize they need to help people expand their awareness of their performance and the impact it has, and the range of options they have, so when the choices they make aren’t reaching their objectives, they can make other choices.
Any situation in which you need to collaborate or communicate with other humans, improv is the gym.
Listen to our conversation to hear Kat share what it’s like to be in the room during a training, applied improv vs. “purposeless play,” why her book has “the worst title in the world,” and a lot more.
Find Kat online at:
Kat’s theater company, MopCo: https://www.mopco.org/
Kat’s new podcast, Dare to Be Human: http://daretobehumanpodcast.com/
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