Improvisational comedy has gone mainstream, thanks to pros like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari, and to movies like Don't Think Twice.
The same principles that make someone a good improv comedian can also be applied to your professional life, where they can actually help you succeed. Companies like Ford, Google, Cisco, American Express, Hilton, Kaiser Permanente and Deloitte, and universities like Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, have all embraced improv comedy as a tool to build strong teams.
I have been doing some form of improv since I was 13, and have coached, practiced, and performed improv for most of my adult life. The skills I have learned may not have turned me into a comedy legend, but they have made me a better employee. Here are three improv rules that helped me in my professional career and can help you too.