In this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Harris Doran about the art of improvisation. Harris is an actor, director, film maker, producer and coach. Harris and I discuss what improv is and how it differs from stand up comedy and sketch comedy/drama. We also talk about how improv can improve your ability to be in the moment and truly listen to the person in front of you. In my opinion this skill (being present and truly listening) is at the heart of interviewing and communicating with our clients. When a client feels like they are heard and what they say has value they are more likely to open up to you, trust you as the clinician, and have a more positive therapeutic experience. Learning improv through various exercises and techniques can be a powerful tool in your day to day interactions with your clients. In this episode Harris and I go through some of the most common improv techniques to give you a small taste of improv. Pick up a book on improv, take a class or grab a friend and try some of these techniques and let me know how it goes! For more information on Harris go to: www.harrisdoran.com.
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