Tina Fey worked her way into television through Chicago's Second City improvisation theater and in her book she offers a set of Rules of Improvisation that she says can be applied to everyday life. I've extracted the main heads here; the full thing is well worth reading as is the whole book itself.
- The first rule of improvisation is AGREE. Always agree and SAY YES.
- In real life, you aren't always going to agree, but this rule reminds us to try to keep an open mind.
- The second rule is to not only say yes, but to say YES, AND...
- Don't be afraid to contribute. Make sure you are adding something to the discussion.
- The third rule is to MAKE STATEMENTS.
- Whatever the problem, don't just ask questions and point out the difficulties; suggest solutions.
- Finally, THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, only opportunities.
- Many of the world's greatest discoveries have been made by accident.