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EPISODE 16, TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE OF HIGH-RISK CREATIVE WORK

  • Michelle BardwellDo you know the difference between improv , stand up and sketch comedy?   Improv is much different from stand-up comedy since nothing is scripted. Stand-up comedians get the chance to rehearse their performance before they go on stage. And it’s not sketch comedy, like you see on “Saturday Night Live,” which is tightly scripted.True improv is totally made-up-on-the-spot entertainment, based on suggestions the director gets from the crowd.

    Performers do share a common vision, like any good team or organization does. The mission is to make people laugh.

    This could be called “high-risk creative work.” Not only do the performers have to keep their egos in check to be openly collaborative, performers must also remember they are there for the audience, to please them consistently. They are on stage, writing the script “one line at a time” in front of a live audience, where there is no opportunity for rewrites. They follow rules that are learned “stone cold” through  extensive, regular rehearsal so they are like muscle memory in their minds.

    Since they don’t know what the suggestion is going to be until they hear it, it is imperative that the improv performers all trust each other and have each others’ backs.

    As in business, improv performers have two concurrent things on their minds:

    • Actively listening to enable collaboration.
    • Paying attention to the exchange and adaptation to the constant change of the direction of the scene so we can create together.

    So, in this next series of Coffee with Claire, we are going to be exploring how some improv skills can actually help us in our lives – both personally and professionally. And, remembering that we ALL need to PLAY and laugh everyday.

    As you know, each week we invite people who are entrepreneurs, people who give back to the community, and people who like to have fun. This week, please meet Michelle Bardwell.  Trained as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, Michelle made the “high-risk creative work” leap into the world of health and wellness in the 1990s and has grown significantly in the field since then. Michelle is a natural medicine practitioner, the owner of Flower Road, an alternative health institute, and the developer of The 13 Botanical Formulas.  These formulas are a system of premium grade essential oils designed to specifically address physical and emotional issues.  Currently she is working on a book to help us Muggles learn how to use her revolutionary system.

About Claire

CEO Billingsley Consulting and Host of Coffee with Claire

Claire Billingsley’s journey to WBNTV has taken its direction through many paths, with several twists and turns. Clare has been a second grade teacher, an aerobics instructor, a disc jockey, a franchise director of training and vice president of franchise sales and operations, a radio talk show host, an ontological personal and professional life coach, an improvisational comedy performer, professional speaker, laughter yoga leader, and best-selling author. She uses her curiosity for learning and her insatiable quest for helping people to connect ideas and individuals together to enhance their dreams and aspirations.

Claire has been a helper from a young age, realizing that she wanted to teach school when she was about 7 years old. Through the years she volunteered her time in many service organizations, most recently being a mentor for nine years and previous Board Chair for the Professional Leadership Program at the University of North Texas Business College. Through every position she held in the corporate world, it has always been “people before paperwork.”  Through every position she held in the corporate world, it has always been “people before paperwork.”

Claire’s passion for connecting people has led her to “Coffee with Claire”, where she combines all of the things that she loves: education, business, giving back to the community, and most importantly, HAVING FUN! Her mantra is ‘Follow the Fun’, and once you see her style of communication and interaction with her guests, you will understand how she incorporates her mantra into everything she does.

Tune in every Friday morning at 9 am CST to WBTVN, and see what everyone is talking about….there’s never a dull moment on “Coffee with Claire”!

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Claire Billingsley

Coffee with Claire is about celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit, giving back to the community, and having fun! Claire has 25 + years experience in the business world and 15+ years in improvisational comedy. Her unique approach to coaching and speaking has gained her international opportunities. She is always looking to meet new people, so call or email any time!

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