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.

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

Ella Lawry's blog post: Finding your Emotional Truth
Jason Chin: Obit 

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Welcome to the One Word Suggestion podcast.

I’m your host Eran Thomson and this week’s word is… Feelings.

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, “Feelings” was suggested by Lisa.

Much loved Chicago improviser and coach Jason Chin once said: ‘’it’s our emotions that tell us who we are.’’

And yet I think many of us reject, push down, or don’t listen to our feelings in everyday life.

One of our Melbourne Teachers, Ella Lawry wrote an entire blog post about how we try to avoid our emotions, reject negative feelings and, feel ashamed when we’re not in control of them.

She says the way you react to people, situations and events will tell you so much about your values, and that examining, rather than avoiding them, is an important and worthwhile pursuit. And I agree.

The world of improv creates a rich and safe context within which to explore your feelings and emotional truths with other people. And it does it in a way that reveals insights possibly more profound than those gathered through normal conversation or in situations where we might feel inclined to keep our guard up. 

I’ve seen it in every single improv class we teach or corporate training workshop we run at LMA.

On the outside, each participant is having a nearly identical experience, but on the inside, in their minds, they are all feeling different things and all kinds of amazing new connections are being made.

For more advanced improvisers, one of the most important things to remember is to just say what you feel. Feeling emotions in improv enables audiences to enjoy a deeper level of connection and comedy - and so scenes become way more captivating to watch.  This is why the best movies, stories or memories, have a strong tie to an emotional hook.

Just remember to go deeper than sad, glad, mad. These get tired after a while. If you’re struggling in a scene, think back on a strong memory.

Your grandma’s kitchen, your first apartment, your favourite bar - all of these things elicit emotion, which leads to the memory of smells, details, and environments that you can use to bring new dimensionality to your scenes.

By exploring your real emotions and using those feelings to drive authentic and entertaining reactions you give audiences more of what they came for.

Offstage, I encourage you to just be you. As we grow up we get taught to hide our feelings, put on a mask of strength, but to feel is to be real. To feel is to be human.

And improv, if anything, is filled with some of the most feeling, caring, and wonderful humans you'll ever come to know.

So that’s my take on Feelings. Thanks for the great suggestion Lisa.

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.

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