After 20 years of performing hundreds of improv comedy shows across the country, Travis Thomas has learned that the same principles that apply to improv comedy also apply to business, mental, and leadership skills. As an author, speaker, coach, improv comedian, and the Founder of Live Yes And!, Travis has been helping businesses and athletes apply the cornerstone improv mindset – “YES And!” – to succeed in life and business for the last 10 years.
In the world of improvisation, “YES, And” means accepting whatever is being given to you, and then responding and building on that reality. Most of us live life in denial – saying “no” to reality. This leads to a life unfulfilled and lived in fear. Living “YES, And” is about accepting and embracing everything that is happening – even the bad stuff! Why? Because good or bad, the only way to move forward is by facing it and moving through it.
As a professional public speaker and coach, Travis has trained thousands of people and dozens of organizations like the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, University of Georgia Football, US Soccer, Gatorade, PepsiCo., and Under Armour on the principles of improvisation and how developing a “YES, And” mindset will help create an engaged, creative, collaborative, and healthier life and workplace.
Today, Travis will open up our minds to improv world’s “Yes, And” mindset. He will educate us on the importance of having the values of trust & security in the workplace especially now in the millennial generation. Lastly, he will share with us some tips on how to turn around a toxic & unhealthy work environment.[4:19] What brought Travis to the improv comedy world [8:04] The “Yes, And” mindset and how to leverage it to coaching & working with clients [8:45] The definition of “outcome” [9:20] Improvisation is all about the relationships [11:19] The concept of “leap and the net will appear” and how it applies to a business [14:29] Travis shares tips on how to create a safe space for your team [18:23] The importance of having a good communication amongst the team [20:23] The Improv Mindset as explained by Travis [22:49] Travis’ take on the millenials in the workplace [25:27] “Game is about self-preservation.” [25:55] The Project Aristotle by Google — to figure out the highest performing team [26:47] The logic behind the Psychological Safety [28:40] Travis shares tips on how to turn around a toxic & unhealthy work environment [32:00] Paul tells his story when he applied the “Yes, And” mindset [34:35] How you can connect to Travis [34:55] Details about his book, 3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And! [36:04] Wrap up
“In life, no one knows what’s gonna happen. It’s simply how do you respond when life happens.” – Travis
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3 Words for Getting Unstuck: Live Yes, And! By Travis Thomas