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For many of us, the thought of getting up on a stage and performing without a script would be, well, the stuff of nightmares. But for improv comedians, it’s second nature. By training themselves to turn off their “judging brain” - the part of us that tells us not to raise our hand in class or that our ideas are unoriginal - they use “improv thinking” to lose idea-blocking inhibitions, feel less self-conscious and more present, and perform fearlessly and creatively.
In this six-part series for Audible for Business, improv impresario Anthony Veneziale - cofounder with Lin-Manuel Miranda of Broadway’s Freestyle Love Supreme - and his colleagues at Speechless, Inc. explain how we can apply the power of improv thinking off the stage and in the workplace. Organized around Speechless’ singular P-O-I-N-T technique, with episodes focusing on each element of the method, this series will teach you how the same tricks and games improv performers use can help us all form new neural connections and improve our creativity, our collaboration with coworkers, our presentation skills, and our leadership presence.
In Part 4, Veneziale focuses on Inclusion, the third element of the P-O-I-N-T technique, and the importance of connecting to your audience. Whether it’s a presentation or performance, learn how to include, celebrate, and reach every person in the room.
- Let Others In: Why leading with vulnerability makes room for other voices
- Share the Stage: Why improvisation is an empathy machine
- Play at Work: How play activates problem-solving in the workplace
About the Mentor:
Anthony Veneziale is a founder of Speechless, Inc., and also cofounded and performs in the Broadway improv comedy show Freestyle Love Supreme with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Anthony has spent years working with neuroscientists at UCSF and companies like Google, Apple, and Disney to understand what makes high performers more creative, more adaptive, and more resilient to stress.