The same skills that go into an improv performance are used by lawyers every day. Having the ability to think on your feet, to see things from different perspectives, to see and predict human behavior and that ability to move forward without being taken off your game are all skills that benefit attorneys. Improv is a great way to generate and improve these skills to help take an attorney's skills to the next level.
Think On Your Feet. Seldom is there a day that an attorney is not confronted with something that they did not suspect. Whether it is a new piece of evidence, changing testimony, or simply an outlying piece of information that wasn't expected, having the ability to immediately adapt to that changing circumstance and to incorporate the details into a broader narrative can be the key to a successful outcome at trial. Improv skills are exactly that. You are constantly adjusting to changing circumstances and exercising the same muscles that compensate for a shifting landscape of details.
See Things From Different Perspectives. To understand clients, witnesses and others, it is important to be able to understand where they are coming from. Improv skills help with such imaginative substitution and can lead to gaining empathy with a subject. By seeing the person through their own eyes you can engage with them, bond with them, and gain their trust. Improv skills enable such interactions through group mind activities and can help to achieve this level of trust.
See and Predict Human Behavior. Once you have the ability to see things through someone's eyes, you can take this to the next level by understanding their motivations, and thus what directions they may be looking to go. This can lead to predicting their behavior and be able to counteract their actions before they take them.
Build Momentum. While non-improvisers can be put off their game by a surprise, improv develops the skills to remain on a particular target while not ignoring the new information. You learn to fight the urge of curiousity to better serve the scene as it is. It's okay to have an unpulled thread as long as the narrative is intact.
Thus Improv. By discussing your needs we can develop an improv program that can help your firm improve their skills. Like a surgeon, we pick the correct tools for the job and go in to excise the problem and then like a physical rehab specialist, we exercise the particular muscles needed for the desired skills.
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