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Motivate, Encourage and Inspire Everyone Around You with One Simple Word Switch

Steve Carell. Eddie Murphy. Tina Fey.

3 big names in comedy with roots in improv.

Improvisational comedy or theatre is about making up dialogue, character, and stories in the moment.

As part of their basic training, actors learn to say two words: “Yes, and… ”

Here’s how this works…

The first person starts a story, “A unicorn galloped past me… ”

The next person says, “Yes, and I chased after it.”

“Yes, and” shows acceptance of the story, idea or remark.

This boosts creativity but it also does something subtle and more profound…

It teaches you to accept someone else’s input before sharing your own.

“Yes, and… ” helps motivate, encourage and inspire people.

In a meeting or conversation, when someone offers their input, don’t fall back on the common, “yes, but…” which feels like pushback or criticism. Use “yes, and… ” instead.

It’s a simple word switch that makes all the difference!

Remember the last time you used “yes, but…” in a conversation? How did it go?

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About the Author Marisa Murgatroyd

Marisa is the founder of Live Your Message, where she turns entrepreneurs into Online Superheroes, and the creator of Start With You where she helps people just like you to discover the business they're meant to build, not just the business they can build. At 4’11 and a quarter, she’s called the shortest woman in marketing — and that doesn’t stop her from having huge ideas. She’s the “go to” brand builder for industry luminaries and heavyweights such as Justin Livingston, Callan Rush, Danny Iny, Alexis Neely and Susan Peirce Thompson. Marisa helps entrepreneurs create a business that is authentic and aligned with who they are, to empower them to turn up the dial on their “inner superhero”, so they can be the superhero to their tribe, as well as in their own lives.

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