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Waber also credits improv training with enhancing her presentation skills. “You need to be comfortable not only with objective facts but with emotion and expressiveness, and the emotional side of decisions and organizational dynamics is critically important to successful interactions,” she says. “It’s not necessarily easy for everyone to do both the cognitive and the emotional side, but it’s very important for a leader and consultant to have that expressive, emotional, vulnerability.”

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesleadershipforum/2014/06/27/why-improv-training-is-great-business-training/

Business schools such as Ashridge Executive Education and Cass Business School in the UK, and Duke University and Stanford University in the US, are including improv on their curriculum to help future leaders cope with a rapidly changing environment. Author Mike Bonifer has described improv as the 21st century technology because it enables one to be flexible and adaptable, to spot opportunities, and to let go of what isn’t working.

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https://www.fm-magazine.com/issues/2018/feb/improv-class-helps-develop-business-skills.html

Learning improv creates effective leaders according to Woody Drennan, owner of Unplanned Comedy. Drennan notes, “Improv teaches you to be devoid of ego. A leader devoid of ego is barely seen, just aware.” Wohlfarth adds: “We are now all just aware of the corporate possibilities that improv and stand-up comedy can bring to the boardroom as well as the bottom line.  I will give you one suggestion: sign up today for a stand-up comedy or improv class. If you can do this, you can do anything!”

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateharrison/2017/03/29/want-to-improve-your-business-skills-try-a-stand-up-comedy-or-improv-class/#3554035b17cc

The Lesson: Accept reality. When you’re first interacting with a potential or new customer, they may start by sharing with you a description of their situation and the challenges they face. Your immediate tempatation may be to solve them immediately or at least suggest alternatives for them to try. Accepting their reality means avoiding this temptation and instead agreeing and letting them share the issues they’re most impacted by. You will get your chance later to help offer solutions.

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https://www.americanexpress.com/en-us/business/trends-and-insights/articles/how-tina-feys-improv-rules-can-boost-your-business/