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Improve Your English With Improvisation Skills

Jul 01, 2022

Improvisation is more than a game that performers play. It is the very thing that allows us to adjust to the changing circumstances we face in our conversations. Let me show you how to practice improvisation in a simple and fun way to help you build your effective communication in English.


Video Transcript:

As much as we'd like to think that we can control the outcomes of our careful planning, the truth is that our lives, they're an improvisation.

To prepare ourselves for these impromptu moments in the workplace, it's important to equip ourselves with effective communication skills.

One of my favorite exercises to introduce to my executive coaching clients is a gibberish exercise.

It's an improvisation exercise that gets you out of your head and gets you into the moment.

As leaders, we are faced with ever – changing circumstances all the time.

We need to be able to think on our feet, we need to be able to adjust quickly and respond effectively.

This gibberish exercise is going to help you do this.

Gibberish is nonsense.

When we speak in gibberish, which we do as actors and in various situations where we want to really become more facile, more agile with our communication, trust our instincts.

All of these things are part of improvisation.

Gibberish is nonsense and I'm going to speak to you in nonsense in just a moment.

I'm going to just switch, where I'm not using words but I'm using intonation, I'm using intention, I'm using focus and concentration. [gibberish]

Now, this was just one example of how I went from telling you something with words to telling you something with nonsense, but that nonsense I believe you could feel and hear the continuity of my thought because I was focused.

Now, why do you need to practice a gibberish exercise? [gibberish]

Now, don't think that I don't feel silly,I do. Maybe millions of people will watch [gibberish] and maybe when I speak, I sound like I'm speaking your language [gibberish] and by challenging you to try this exercise, maybe in the mirror, maybe in the closet, somewhere where you feel safe and comfortable to have fun, to play, this will keep you on your feet, this will keep you awake, and all of that is very important if you're looking to adjust yourself quickly and timely in your communication.

Don't forget the importance improvisation plays and have some fun today.

Thanks for watching, don't forget to like, to share, to subscribe to the By Jill Diamond channel and I'll see you again soon for the next communication skills tip.

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