WHY IMPROVISATION FOR SCIENCE COMMUNICATION?
As a scientist myself I know that we are educated to be objective: we know our facts, build theories, submerge ourselves in scientific literature, and spend a lot of time with fellow scientists at conferences. Sometimes we lack the ability to zoom out, in order to convey our main message.
We dwell on details whereas we should be telling a gripping story that our audience can relate to.
In my workshops I use exercises from theatre improvisation to build empathy.
Connecting to your audience is achieved by exercises that allow you to truly listen to your partner, taking the focus off yourself and transferring it to your partner.
A key for improv is the powerful statement 'YES, AND' - with this you accept and build on what others initiate.
This is the foundation for good team work- or 'an ensemble'.
Improvisation gains more and more exposure for science and technical people,
as it has been proven to improve the way you communicate.
IMPROV IMPROVES COMMUNICATION OF SCIENTISTS AND TECHNICAL PEOPLE
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Inspired by Alan Alda’s statement that “real listening is the willingness to let the other person change you,” the Alda Method® uses improvisational theater techniques [..] to train scientists to pay dynamic attention to the needs of their listener and learn to spontaneously adjust those needs.