Improvisational theatre is a form of performance where all of what is seen has been created at the moment it is performed. Also known as improv, it relies on spontaneity, drama or humor to engage the audience and even the performers. The skills developed in improv can be used in other settings including classrooms as an educational tool and in businesses as a way to develop communication skills, creative problem solving and supportive team-work abilities. How can improv help you with media and public speaking?
- Improv helps you to learn to think quickly and hone your off-the-cuff speaking skills .
- Improv helps you to engage the other performers in a giving and sharing way. When speaking to an audience or a TV camera, you can engage the audience or viewer in the same way.
- Improv can be a fun and the audience can see that. The same applies to public speaking and interviewing. The more you have fun with it, the more you become approachable.
- In improv, you don’t control the situation. Same goes for public speaking and interviews. The situation can change at a moment’s notice so improv helps you adjust when the situation requires it.
Check your local community college or theatre groups for improv classes.