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On Aging Part Four: More on Learning

“How did it go?” I asked. “I had a blast!” She replied This as my wife, Rebecca, returned from her piano lesson. She has played the piano almost all of her life, and I will never forget her playing Unchained Melody after our wedding. But she was getting bored. She had made some of the

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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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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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Make a joyful noise

Published on May 15, 2012 by in Uncategorized

I am blessed with granddaughters, and one of the most wonderful things in my life is hearing them giggle. It is spontaneous and joyful. It makes me happy. I”m sure that all of my adult friends were, at sometime, happy giggling children. What happened? Somewhere, in the process of becoming “adults,” we lose our joy,

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Three legged training

Published on May 11, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Since I have been struggling with an arthritic left knee, I haven’t been aggressively marketing Laugh2Learn services. Just wasn’t sure how it would work to do improv with a cane. (Even a classy one!) But, yesterday I had a previously scheduled gig with Garner Remodeling here in Topeka. I had an absolute ball, and I’m

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