If you’ve never heard of Improv, then you are seriously missing out. Short for ‘improvization’, Improv is a form of live theater in which characters make up scenes and dialogue as they go along. It is such a popular art form that there are now classes offered all over the world for those who wish to learn Improv.
Now, Improv classes have gained so much popularity because of the benefits that students enjoy. As a matter of fact, most people who have attended these classes just keep wanting to go back, and they mostly have only great things to say about the method.
The really great thing about Improv is you don’t have to be a comedian – or even aspiring to be one – to enjoy its perks. These classes can actually improve your life as a whole, and you learn many things that would come in handy in various real world situations.
Here are some of the awesome reasons why you should take an Improv class:
1. It teaches you to get out of your comfort zone.
If there’s one thing that is guaranteed in an Improv class, it’s that you will be taken – no, forced – out of your comfort zone. That might sound kind of scary, but in reality, it is exactly what most people need.
In class, the comfort zone is seen as the enemy that holds you back from realizing your full potential. Improv will teach you how to conquer that enemy, and push you forward to doing bigger and better things.
2. It helps you discover a lot about yourself.
You might think you know yourself, but the truth is there is a lot about the ‘self’ that we really do not know or quite comprehend. Improv helps you discover your true self by having giving you an avenue to embody an entirely different person. That may sound paradoxical, but it’s actually very effective.
Basically, how it works is you have to take on a character who is completely different from who you are. You have to put yourself in that character’s shoes, have his/her emotions, and express his/her opinions. Your person, in turn, will resist this at any cost, which will give you a much deeper insight on who you really are.
3. It will improve your public speaking skills.
A lot of people would rather die than speak in public – that is a fact. Because Improv demands that you perform in front of other people, it can be quite terrifying. The key is trust. Improv will teach you to trust your class and be trusted in return. Not only that, you will learn how to be active instead of reactive, as well as have a purpose in everything that you do or say.
4. It encourages you to be a better listener.
Listening is the number one principle of Improv. After all, you won’t know how to respond if you don’t listen. Improv will show you that there is a huge difference in listening just so you can respond and listening to understand. That, alone, already makes the entire class worthwhile.