If you have never been to a Toastmasters meeting, I encourage you to find the nearest one. As a facilitator, you need to be able to communicate in a fashion that people enjoy listening to and are clearly understood. In addition to improving your own speaking and listening skills, you will find many great gems in the talks that you will hear others present. Here is one that struck home with me recently.
Facilitating and Improv
What do they have to do with each other? Isn’t improv really just “stand up comedy?” That is what I thought too until I heard the recent talk on Improv and meetings. When you engage in improv you respond ‘unscripted” to whatever situation you find yourself in. It is “being in the moment” with a clear mind and able to respond to “the moment”. The presenter at this meeting offered the following tips.
BE NOW – Be present in the moment. Don’t be thinking about what happened yesterday or what you are going to say as a response to the person talking. Listen.
SAY YES – Be open to new ideas. Don’t ever say, we tried that and it didn’t work.
SAY YES AND ! – Not only say yes, but contribute to the new idea and add to what was previous said.
NO – Throw away your fears. Don’t worry about failure.
NO – Don’t be afraid of mistakes. Trust your meeting partners.
BE ONE – Be one with the group. Stay with them and the thoughts that are being shared. Listen and respond to what is going on that moment.
I really wish I could have recorded this person’s talk as she was incredible at delivering it and I was hanging on every word. I was with her at every moment.