Comments on: Lessons From Improv: Giving Appreciations at Conferences Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Wed, 08 Sep 2021 23:27:20 +0000 hourly 1 By: admin Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:34:01 +0000 In reply to Kevin Richardson.

Kevin, that is a wonderful analogy with what happens at Conferences That Work! When we create a space that is safe and where people trust each other, amazing things can happen. That’s a ground rule of successful improv, and it’s probably the most important outcome of the ground rules we use at the start of every CTW.

One of the most satisfying things for me when running CTW is to see attendees relaxing into taking risks, asking questions and speaking out in ways they would never do at a traditional event. Just like what happens when folks start to get over their fear in a beginners improv class.

By: admin Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:25:15 +0000 In reply to Patricia Ryan Madson.

It’s an honor to hear from you Patricia. My experience of formal improv is small, but it was enough for me to become comfortable taking those “in the moment” risks that I would formerly have shunned. My life has become so much richer as a result. Thank you for writing such a gem of a book-you beautifully and convincingly convey how this approach to living can meaningfully and powerfully change ones life.

By: Kevin Richardson Wed, 31 Mar 2010 14:44:43 +0000 @adrian

I love improv and it’s tie-ins to the greater world. Many applicable lessons from the improv world. Thanks for this and the other posts on the topic.

Another that I’ve always loved is that in improv all we know is where we’ve been and where we are (present moment). To get to the next moment we trust each other and our ability to collaborate having both bought into the belief that whatever we create together will be better and more meaningful than what we could create separately.

Sounds similar to a CTW!

By: Patricia Ryan Madson Mon, 29 Mar 2010 21:51:09 +0000 Of all the maxims, “Wake Up to the Gifts” is my favorite. Learning to see the world from this realistic place, rich in detail, can change everything. Your article applies this to your work beautifully. Thanks again for mentioning the book and for using the ideas to forward your purpose. Keep on doing what needs to be done.