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One Word Suggestion: Uncertainty

Ambiguity is not something to be feared but a given… We never have complete and perfect information. The best way to succeed in life is to revel in ambiguity.

One Word Suggestion: Watching

Our ability to observe people and situations and translate those observations into useful opportunities for personal growth and development is wonderful. So are sunglasses.

One Word Suggestion: Mindfulness

People have become so preoccupied with themselves and their phones they're not only becoming less mindful, they're becoming dangerously mindless.

One Word Suggestion: Criticism

If people keep telling you that you have a tail, sooner or later, you’re gonna have to turn around and take a look.

One Word Suggestion: Courage

For those of you out there who feel like a lack of courage is holding you back from living the truly good days you wish for, I’m here to tell you, fear is an illusion.

One Word Suggestion: Acceptance

People who say “no” live in the comfort and security of their own world. People who say “yes” go on to live lives filled with glorious adventure.

One Word Suggestion: Listening - Part 2

If you want to be more than just a passive listener, then you need to practice being an active listener. This means using more than just your ears.

One Word Suggestion: Assholes

I was going to write this suggestion off as inappropriate and off-topic, but the reality is all of us probably know or work with at least one person who is, in fact, an asshole.

One Word Suggestion: Panic

We’ve all probably experienced panic at some stage in our life. And the first thing to do if you start to panic - in any situation - is to just breathe.

One Word Suggestion: Success

Sometimes we get caught up in the trappings of success only to realise later in life that the things we thought would make us feel successful don't define it for us at all.

One Word Suggestion: Balance

I probably shouldn’t be saying this because we’re still building the improv community here in Australia, but there is more to life than improv.

One Word Suggestion: Intelligence

Most of the time when we think of intelligence we probably think of I.Q. tests, Stephen Hawking, or pipe smoking professors, but there’s more to intelligence than just being good at science and math.

One Word Suggestion: Teachers

The point is, to be great at anything you have to keep learning. Always. And to be a great teacher you have to be a good student. Always.

One Word Suggestion: Stereotypes

I might get some pushback for this, but I’m gonna say that the reason stereotypes exist, and persist, is because they are based in some amount of truth.

One Word Suggestion: Connections

All of us want to connect with others and find the easily found common ground. And when we realise we’re all more alike than we are different, it feels really, really good.

One Word Suggestion: Insults

The truth is, putting other people down will not make you look better. In fact, putting other people down only makes you look worse.

One Word Suggestion: Focus

Learning to pay attention to whoever or whatever is directly in front of you will greatly improve your performance on stage - and at work, no matter what it is you do for a living.

One Word Suggestion: Sincerity

Along with patience and compassion, sincerity is one of those qualities we all probably wish we had more of — or at least wish other people had more of.

One Word Suggestion: Kindness

Kindness at home? That’s usually pretty easy with our loved ones. Kindness at work? Where we spend 80% of our time? That can be a bit more of a challenge.

One Word Suggestion: Editing

Editing is that little voice in your head: “Should I say this? If I do will people get it? Will I look stupid? What if I get it wrong? Maybe I’ll just stand here and keep my mouth shut.”

One Word Suggestion: Fear

Fear often manifests itself when there’s something we know we want to do, but we’re hesitant to try because we might fail, get rejected, or be disappointed.

One Word Suggestion: Ensemble

The word “team” is often equated with lousy team building experiences or associated with competition. Ensemble, by contrast, implies cooperation, collaboration, and unconditional support.

One Word Suggestion: Passion

People come to play knowing that they will be accepted, failure is OK - if it even exists at all, and that they can further their personal growth in a way that doesn't feel like work.

One Word Suggestion: Integrity

Having integrity means you are true to yourself and won't do anything that demeans or dishonours your beliefs - or anyone else's, on stage or in real life.

One Word Suggestion: Feelings

The way you react to people, situations and events will tell you much about your values, and examining, rather than avoiding them is a worthwhile pursuit.

One Word Suggestion: Listening

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and you can tell they’re not listening, and just waiting for you to shut up so they can say what they want to say?

One Word Suggestion: Vulnerability

Vulnerability makes you strong, not weak. When we show vulnerability with confidence we share ourselves without hesitation and accept ourselves and ideally, others, fully.

One Word Suggestion: Honesty

Honesty is more than just not being a liar, it’s about operating with integrity and being truthful to yourself, to your peers, and to the world.

One Word Suggestion: Intro

Welcome to One Word Suggestion. If you have no idea what improv is, or why it's good for you (even if you're not funny or don't think you are), listen to this first.

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