When you pitch or mingle with a Client do you make it cordial or do you make it personal? Do you sell the business or do you sell yourself? Do you convince the business or do you convince the decision maker?
In my life as a Project Manager, I had the Client sit in to interview successful tenderers for a multimillion dollar, iconic construction project. The tenders that were in the final three were about three per cent difference between each. The tenders themselves were pretty much similar in style with capability statements, Gantt charts, resource management plans, etc outlining the whole project. So essentially what would differentiate them would be the interview. They were asked to bring their Site Foreman, Project Director and Project Manager to the interview to answer questions.
The most promising on paper was a large construction company with impeccable staff, turnover and a slew of prestigious projects under their belt. And they were the most economical as well. So it essentially was a slam dunk for them.
But they lost it all to one mistake.
(In this post, I'll give my opinion on chaos and improv and also how it affects introverts and extroverts).
There are a number of purists out there that say that improvisation is about 'no rules'; that a scene, character or game should be played in an organic sense based on whatever happens right there and then. No planning should be involved.
"After all, rules hinder creativity, man..! You've gotta just go with the flow, you know?"
Fair point, but I think that's too extreme a thought. Fanatical, even. And this is why.
I've just uploaded some new videos which will give you a better understanding about what improv is, what and how I teach and how I got started in this crazy business..!
Go to the MEDIA section for the videos.
Alternatively, there's also a short interview with Wez Champion, Puppet Builder, about what his take on improv is and how he and I have a shared link! That's in the CLIENTS & TESTIMONIALS section.
Also, I'm currently in discussions with a few libraries to bring some improv story-telling called FORGOTTEN FABLES! Stay tuned for locations and dates!
Dating. It's a minefield, isn't it?
You could be the cool and collected type, where nothing goes wrong but if it does, it's like water off a duck's back. But is that being too aloof?
Or maybe you've been thinking about what to wear, what to eat, where to go, and a million other things so that everything goes just right. And obviously, you're intense about it, at the end of the night you wonder why it didn't go all to plan?
And first impressions count, right? So you have to impress them with your wit and banter; you need to 'wow' them! You know it's too crass to mention anything about money, so you list your accomplishments. But is that sounding too arrogant? Why is your date so quiet?
There is an article on Psychology Today which addresses reducing dating anxiety, and you know what? It's the basics of improv once again...
The other day I was hanging out with a few friends and we ended talking about how I speak to cashiers, service attendants, etc by their name on their tag. This is apparently not a normal thing to do, even though I end up getting favourable service most times.
"Why would you do that? Just get your stuff, pay and go. They're just doing their job", it was said.
No, this doesn't have to do with the record beating 69 hotdogs being consumed in the US. Rather, I volunteered as the Master of Ceremonies for the 'Hot Dog Eating Contest' at Westfield Mount Druitt for their Give Ability Day (for Lifestart Nepean) as they needed someone who could improvise in a sports-commentator way. You should have seen how the contestants ate all those hotdogs...! They had different strategies and I was thinking how that reflected each of their personalities and how they tackle life, just like playing any game shows one's true personality once they get into it.
These were the personality tactics I observed: