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Tell Somebody

Last Saturday night after a Laugh Lines performance, I was leaving the theatre when a young woman acquaintance approached me. “Marvin I just want to tell you how much I enjoy your performances,” She began. Then she elaborated on why she enjoyed them and what she enjoyed about them. Wow! I left the teatatre walking

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On Aging: Part One

As I write this I am 73 years old. I have survived three types of cancer, a heart attack, and a knee replacement. I am working as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I am currently appearing in a play at

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Happy Birthday to me

Published on November 26, 2013 by in News

It’s my birthday! It’s my birthday and I’m alone in my office. It’s my birthday and two days until Thanksgiving and I stuffed with Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s my birthday and I won’t be celebrating this evening because I’m in rehearsal for Inspecting Carol at Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy . Life is good. We make adjustments.

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Using Improv to Teach Language

Published on October 18, 2013 by in Uncategorized

I had a great time last night at Vida teaching the intermediate English as a second language class. Several weeks ago I discovered a book by Matthew McMillion on using improv to teach foreign languages. I have been using his concepts for some time, but had hesitated to use his suggestion of simply giving a

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Busy Fall

Published on October 11, 2013 by in Uncategorized

It has been a long time since I updated my blog. Did you miss me? Well, here are a few things I’ve been up to lately: In late September I  provided a two day mediation and conflict resolution skills training to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Infant Toddler Program; Then, on October 3,  it

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Dare to be Average

Published on November 5, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Have you ever watched an improv company and wondered how they always say the right thing at the right time? They don’t.  As a matter of fact if they tried to be clever, or funny every time they opened their mouth they would just stand there. Improv works because improv actors have learned to trust

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Just Show UP

Published on October 26, 2012 by in Uncategorized

When I attended the Applied Improvisation Network’s World Conference in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Madson, retired director of Stanford University’s theater department. She so inspired me I bought a copy of her book, Improv Wisdom. (You should too.) My next several blog posts are going to feature lessons I learned

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Silos and Silo Mentality

Published on July 18, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Because I live in Kansas, I am very familiar with silos. They dot the landscape and are often the subject of fine art work and photography. Silo Print by Justin Marable Because I interact frequently with managers, I’m also familiar with silo mentality. Recently, I visited three clients. When I asked them about their greatest training

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No buts about it!

Published on July 10, 2012 by in Uncategorized

The most important concept in improv based training is “yes, and.” We contrast it with “yes, but.” The point is that “yes, and” invites progress. And while saying “yes” is good, implying acceptance of your conversational partners idea,  “Yes, and” not only accepts the idea, it builds on it. This is the soul of creativity and

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No buts about it!

Published on June 13, 2012 by in Uncategorized

The most important concept in improv based training is “yes, and.” We contrast it with “yes, but.” The point is that “yes, and” invites progress. And while saying “yes” is good, implying acceptance of your conversational partners idea,  “Yes, and” not only accepts the idea, it builds on it. This is the soul of creativity and

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