On saying “Yes, and…”

“Yes, and…” is one of the rule of improvisational theater. It’s so simple and powerful. You acknowledge what have already been said, adding more, and building up the narrative. It’s not for theaters only though.

Brainstorming

Supporting and adding new things to the idea you’ve just heard. A positive snow ball? Why not?

Co-presenting

So you’re presenting something or doing a workshop with a colleague? There’s nothing more supporting and encouraging than saying “Yes, and”. You can use different phrases like “as X mentioned before” or even “as X awesomely presented”. Sometimes, I call it “high fives”. It works for presenters, it works for the group.

Life

Having a serious conversation? How about saying “Yes, and” instead of “No, but” and stating the same but slightly rephrased? You make a positive move, the other side makes as well. It’s a win-win.

Yes, and…

it’s your turn to acknowledge and pass it forward. The positiveness of the affirmation of yes, and…

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