“The art of good conversation is an art. There are no hard fast rules. Conversation is an improvisation. It happens in the moment. It’s about a toolbox that you bring to that improvisation. The more tools in your toolbox the better the conversation is going to be. The more options you’re going to have.
“Some people have different sized toolboxes. Part of the skill of sharing good conversation is about sharing some of those different tools, those different skills.
“We learn good music by playing with people with people who are better than us. We learn any good art by participating by doing it with people who bring more to the table, who have more experience in that medium.”
Dan Post Senning, The Emily Post Institute
"Most people with troubled relationships don’t actually want to get close to the person." David D Burns MD
“Now imagine there’s a magic dial right in front of you. If you press this magic dial, that person you deeply resent will become your best friend in the world. "With 200 people in the audience, maybe 3 or 4 hands will go up. I say to the audience ‘I just gave you the choice between a loving, joyful, fulfilling relationship and a hostile abusive one. And which one did you choose? The hostile one.’ "Most people with troubled relationships don’t actually want to get close to the person. They’re just there to tell you what a loser their sister, ... Read more
This is an ongoing list of ideas, techniques, and notes to help in becoming a better improviser: Dr. Seuss: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Saying “No” To Offensive Things – Improv Nonsense “Accept the offer” means “tell me what your character truly thinks of this and why,” not “you have to do this now.” "But if someone, for example, initiates as a really dumb cartoonish chimney sweep, and they’re doing the worst musical theater version of a cockney accent, crooked elbow — and it’s ... Read more