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.

Welcome to One Word Suggestion

Hosted by: Eran Thomson
This week's word is: Connections

Links:
Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

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Transcript:
Hey welcome to One Word Suggestion,

I’m your host Eran Thomson and this week’s word is… Connections.
 
Welcome to the podcast, for those of you who don’t already know, every week I take one word, suggested by you, and use it as a leaping off point to explore the benefits of improv as they relate to life on and off the stage.
 
This week’s word, “connections” was suggested by Rosie.
 
According to the world-renowned psychologist Abraham Maslow, all humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance among social groups. 
 
In fact, he thought it was so important he put Social Belonging right in the middle of his famous hierarchy of needs. 
 
Maslow’s idea of social connections includes: Friendships, Intimacy, and Family. And if you’ve ever been part of an improv class, then you already know, the connections you make there can lead to all sorts of new friendships, a community that feels like, or in some cases feels even better than, family, and every once in a while people even find a bit of intimacy. 
 
In fact, one of our teachers recently got engaged in an LMA improv show. So you never know what kind of connections you’ll make.
 
And while not everyone who takes a class at LMA is likely to find their perfect partner, it’s my intention that they do find themselves in a safe, welcoming, community where they can fail gloriously and succeed hilariously. 
 
And if you ask any student who has taken a class at LMA, or teacher who works here, they’ll tell you I’m always going around saying that even though we’re the fastest growing comedy school in Australia, at our core, we’re about community first, and comedy second.
 
The great thing is, if we do our jobs right, the connections and community take care of themselves. I see proof of this in every level one class we run - where a room full of complete strangers transforms into a group of great mates over eight weeks, which I think just proves Maslow was right. 
 
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, man that feels good.
 
Creating this culture of community and connection is important for us as a school, but it's also important for any business that wants to succeed. If your people aren’t able to communicate, collaborate and move towards a shared agenda without ego and trust issues, let alone embracing each other's unique talents and abilities, you’re only going to go so far.
 
The improv for business workshops we run will help any company create a safe space where people feel wanted and respected - and adhere to an ensemble mindset where everyone has each other’s backs. And when your teams feel connected with each other, it's more likely they’ll be able to make real-world connections with your customers.
 
And that’s why I think our improv based corporate training has been so successful. We deliver real ROI on any HR or L&D training budget, and we do it in a way that is fun - and without any powerpoint or trust falls. 
 
If you want to know more, you can connect with us using the links in the description.
 
So that’s my take on connections. Thanks for the great suggestion, Rosie.
 
If you want to suggest a word for next week, or add your perspective, drop me a note in the comments. I’m making one of these every week, for a year, so definitely subscribe, like, share, and all that jazz. 
 
And in the meantime, if you’re interested in improv for personal growth, professional achievement, or just for fun, my suggestion is to get yourself into an improv class or book a corporate training workshop for your team. 
 
You can learn all about LMA’s programs at www.lma.training.
 
Thanks for listening. 
 
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The ideas, observations, and perspectives shared here are mine alone. 
I’d love to hear yours in the comments, or better yet in a review.

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