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In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about how taking improv classes can improve your life.

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Hi Everyone, welcome to the You’re Daily Cup of Joe Podcast, with your host Joe Bautista.  In this podcast, my goal is to give you quick lessons that you can reflect on in your journal so you can grow yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and have a better career, better relationships, and better personal finances while you enjoy your morning cup of coffee. 
I’m also the author of the book “More You Know, More You Grow: How to Get Better Every Day”. In this book, I wrote down over 30 tips to help you grow in those four cornerstones. I’m also the founder of Grow With Joe, where I combine self-development coaching and financial planning for Latino Professionals.
At the end of today’s podcast episode, I’m going to give you a prompt question to reflect on in your journal. The idea is to take one to five minutes to reflect on today’s lesson and write a minimum of one paragraph on how you can apply the lesson in your life. You can use an actual journal, a word document like on Google Drive, or your note-taking app like Evernote. The idea is that you’re actually thinking about how to process the information to help you improve your life.
In today’s episode, we’re are going to talk about how taking improv classes can improve your life. One of the best concepts that I got from taking improv classes was learning the value of saying yes and. When you’re doing your stage work, one of the worst ways to kill a bit is to just say no what is being put out there. If I say, let’s ride this horse to get escape this clown college, and you say no, there is not clown college, then that kills the bit, and no will be laughing. Your job is just to be in the moment and say what else can go with this by trying to make your partner look good. 
There are so many times in my life where people just kill the energy by saying no. This is a big reason why I wanted to leave my old company because any new idea I wanted to implement, I felt it was going to be shut down, which then killed my energy. I also notice that I tend to go with a lot more things because I’m trying to see what is going to happen. You’re going to live a much more interesting life if you say yes instead of no. 
When I’m having conversations, I like it when I say something ridiculous and the other person goes along and we try to see how long we can take it. That is improv right there and it makes life more interesting and it expands your opportunities in life. When you say yes, now you have more possibilities in your life. When you say no, you’re only stuck with what you have. This is a balance because we can’t do everything, so we have to decide what we are going to do but this idea is that we should say yes to more things and taking improv classes helps with living in the moment and learning how to get over the uncomfortable feeling of saying yes and.
I took classes at DC Improv and it was a great value. It was like $240 for six weeks of classes that were for two hours every Sunday. The value I got out of this class was tremendous. After taking the class, I was able to land more clients and I was able to date more. Back in January, I was able to go on a trip to Panama for my school, and it was a blast and I think what made it fun was that I kept saying yes to activities and I went to bars late in the morning, I ate amazing food, and I went to San Blas off the Gulf of Mexico which has 365 islands that you can visit. It was a great five days but I was so tired. I don’t drink coffee so I can’t have the benefit of caffeine to keep me going. I’m able to do this because I said yes to starting my own business and choosing to live in Latin America. So a lot of amazing things have come from this improv class along with the other choices I’ve made in my past.
I sucked at improv but when you’re doing it in front of 20 other people who are beginners, it’s not so bad. I really didn’t improve until I took level 2. I don’t like to say stuff unless I’m confident in what I’m saying so the thing I had to get over was that things don’t need to be perfect, you just want to keep the show going. You just have to say yes this is happening and now this is going to happen. I remember I had to do a show in front of a live crowd and I wasn’t that good, but it was a good experience. I was too much in my head and when I finally got the courage to say something, which I thought was funny, it wasn’t funny to the crowd. Which is okay because it was a learning experience to get better next time. I would like to do improv in the future as a hobby and I would definitely take level one again to sharpen my skills. 
By learning to say yes and, I’m so much more confident in my skills at work and I’ve had a better life. I’m not saying one level one class will change your life overnight, but it can be the small domino that tips over that larger domino in your life. I took improv classes about two years ago and I’m just starting to see the really big benefits. There are other things I have done but I would say that improv was a big part of my success. 
That’s it for today’s episode, to summarize it, learn how to say yes and to life, and the opportunities it provides. A great way to do this is by taking a level one improv class. Just go on Google and time improv classes and you’ll probably find one nearby. The thing you’ll learn the most is how to say yes to the next thing instead of saying no. When you say no, you’re just going to be stuck with what you have. When you say yes, you’ll end up with a different life. If you want a different life, then start saying yes to the next thing in your life. 
So in your journal, ask yourself, are you saying yes and enough times in your day? Is there something that you need to say yes to but are uncomfortable in saying it? How can you get more confidence to say yes and? Can you take a level one improv class? Just think about your life and see if you need to change it up. If you need to change it up, most likely you need to say yes to something uncomfortable and no to your old life. Give it a year of doing this and you’ll notice a huge change from who you were and you’ll be glad you did it. 
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