I’ve always liked the signature phrase that helped define the Nike Corporation, namely, “Just Do It.” I like this phrase because it simply and succinctly states the best way to learn something, particularly something new.
For some time now, I’ve been taking improvisation classes and have become part of an improv group. I began taking the classes to help me with spontaneity and to think quickly when on the spot. In the very first class – all newcomers – we were welcomed and then immediately brought on stage. There was no theorizing about improv’s place in history as a viable art form. As ill-prepared as I was with the techniques at first, my journey had begun.
You can read all the books you want about improv, skydiving or poker playing, but it’s all theoretical until you step up on the first stage, jump out of the first plane or deal your first hand. I’d much rather work with someone who helps me to actually do something than someone who talks incessantly about the theory of doing it.