#016 How Improv (yes, comedy) Can Impact your Small Business (guest: Gary Hirsch)

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A.C.E. Adventures in Creative EntrepreneurshipEpisode #016Guest: Gary HirschImproviser + Artist

I was first introduced to this week’s guest, Gary Hirsch, on his biggest improv collaborative performance with the 3,000 member audience at Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit in Portland this past summer.

Whoa. Improv with 3,001 people… pretty impressive + he pulled it off seamlessly.

As a lead member in the international improv company: On Your Feet, Gary uses ‘applied improv’ with small business and even large corporations to positively affect all sorts of blocks such as:

  • Stepping outside your comfort zone
  • Communicating + Collaborating
  • Keeping an audience engaged
  • Idea generators for growth and even products
  • And even building confidence in the face of uncertainty

Geeze… that’s quite a list of things I can relate to. Right?

So, I began to keep tabs on what he was working on… and stumbled upon his collaborative art project called Bot Joy.

A bot is a little robot drawing on the back of domino that take on little personas to bring things like joy, love, and inspiration to the carrier. It all stemmed out of the simple need for Gary to doodle, but this mini army of bots really gets around.

Its caught on so much that the bots have found their way into some serious swag bags such as the Golden Globes and MTV movie awards, brave bots are at bedsides of children in hospitals, and joy bots are currently being tracked traveling around the world.

I find it hugely inspiring that such a small piece of artwork on a domino has grabbed so much attention from a notably wide audience.

For you all you creatives out there looking to tackle a big project in 2014- I hope it will inspire you to start small + take action.

Gary’s improv inspired presenting + public speaking tips (unscripted):

  • Its not all about you- focus on the audience
  • be as optimistic as an improviser + assume something awesome is about to happen
  • don’t be oblivious to what’s in the room by being over-prepared + lose the script
  • let go + be present + connect with your audience

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