Learning to listen

Good improv requires good listening. Nothing tanks a scene faster than someone steamrolling their own ideas over everyone else’s.  I got caught in a conversation that drove that idea home rather hard.  I got words in edgewise, so it was, by the simplest definition, a conversation, but the only time I was heard was when something I said triggered a new story.

I know I’m not always the best version of listening rather than waiting to talk next, but I aspire.  And I can definitely notice examples of the alternative. Good conversation is probably more about Dog Time.  Be in the moment, listening to what the other is saying Right Now.  Storing up what you want to say next removes your ability to be present, as does being utterly unconcerned about what the other person says while you’re doing so.