Q: Is an improvisation mindset helpful to lawyers?
A: An improv mindset is definitely an asset for lawyers. We are trained to see the loopholes, to argue, to pose our own ideas without necessarily listening well first. Improve is a “yes, and” approach to staying open to ideas, to decreasing tension in difficult conversations, and to responding attentively and resiliently to the point of view of others, be they supervisors, clients, opposing counsel, or the court.
We’re not talking about being funny when we talk about having an improv mindset and skills. But using them can be fun.