I made a mistake

Such is the daring required to truly make a mistake that improvisation artists practice applauding when one of their group makes a mistake.

The mistake-maker bows deeply and declares with utmost dignity: “I made a mistake.”

The group then applaud the mistake-maker heartily in genuine recognition of the willingness to try.

I got to practice this with a community of coaches under the guidance of Petro Janse van Vuuren, an Applied Improvisation Specialist. I found that since mistakes were so well rewarded, I was prepared to really go for it and take a risk.

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