What we can learn from Applied Improvisation.

Getting familiar with failure during improv

What is applied Improvisation?

Applied improvisation is taking concepts and techniques from the world of improvisation and applying them to business, teaching, relationships, and life in general. It closes the knowledge-doing gap by letting people immediately experience the key learnings and move into creative action


A few other positive effects of Applied Improvisation

Improv skills help you hear and foster peoples input

A comfortable leader doesn’t need to be in charge of everything and can put his own thoughts to rest in order to see where the ideas of others will take them. In Improv, following the natural team dynamics in a group is important to play a more supportive role in the creative process and recognize when to fill in where this is most advantageous.  It helps you look at the right person at the right time.


Improv boosts our confidence and our skills to deal with failure.

Failure is ever present in improv theatre. Fear of failure can hinder your performance immensely. I’m sure you can remember a moment where you didn’t perform as well as you could because of this fear.

Improv can help you to accept the risk of failure on the way to larger success. In addition, by getting familiar with failure in a playful environment and experiencing that it makes you stronger, you will reduce its sting. Your brain is naturally build to make from failure a success story.

Improv also teaches the value of risk sharing. During an improv session, everybody in the group (i.e., your team) plays a crucial role in achieving success. In addition, your team will reduce your personal chance of failure. They help solve problems and provide support when things don’t go exactly as planned or as imagined. Your performance in other words increases with the help of others, and you in return learn how to boost them.


Curious what Applied Improv could mean for you and/or your company? Then don’t hesitate to contact us!