The Most Interesting Person in the World

The “Yes, And” Philosophy

Posted on: September 6, 2010

To be a good improviser, you must support what your partner creates in the scene, and add to it. Not only is this a good practice for the stage or in the workshop, but taking on this outlook in life is good for conflict resolution, trying new things, and improved quality of life.

Try this exercise today: Have a conversation with someone where the first two words of each of your sentences (after the opening sentence) are “Yes, and…” If you see the other person’s point of view and add to it, you will get a lot further than if you “block” or reject another person’s ideas, or even if you accept without asking the question, “If this is true, then what else is true?”

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