Posts Tagged ‘improv

 Improvisation invites participation, liberates good ideas and challenges players to work at the height of their intelligence”. This statement could have been pulled from the latest recreational activity handbook. But they are the words of Mike Bonifer as discussed in his business development presentation titled: Don’t Script, IMPROVISE!

Party games create masters of improvisation and teach the skills of social greatness. The banter within a party activity cannot be scripted and is created on the fly from the personality of each player. Each thought changes the game, adjusts the discussion and creates full-scale improv at its finest. Topics move quickly and it takes attention and intellect to stay fully engaged in the game, but it seems to work smoothly almost every time.

And this improvisation all begins with communication. Mike teaches that “communication has always been the mother’s milk of business”. The same is true of the social party. To fully drink in the best social experience of a party there must be opportunities to improvise the communication and follow the banter stream as it flows. Party activities start the communication process and then step out of the way for the improvisational banter to begin.

Close human connections create a spark of creativity as it passes between people. This may be the reason why Twitter and FriendFeed are so interesting. These networks create thousands of improvised communications a second, just by putting people close electronically. The thought occurs to me that the traditional party game may be the Legacy activity that has trained us to improvise our communication so effectively.

With improvisation, party attendees find a spirit of team work, clarity and a strong sense of purpose as a group. Activities foster stronger communication that builds a social power both for the host and with each attendee.

The challenge is to find those Legacy party activities that allow improvisation to expand the conversation. I wonder if you have ever thought of improv as a party activity?