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Blog | Rachel Hamilton Improv

My brain on Improv.

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Hello again, Wonderful Peeps! Wanna see my brain, captured in the act of Improvising?     This image was taken while I was inside an fMRI (functional MRI) machine, as part of a study on what happens to our brains when we are improvising. An … Continued

Holy. Fucking. Shit.

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Any minute now I will get used to the idea that Donald Fucking Trump is our next president. Because that’s what we humans do, we get used to shit.  Quickly. What was previously unimaginable becomes the new normal faster than you … Continued

Tiny gifts are everywhere

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In Improv we call any offer we receive from our scene partner a “gift” and those gifts help us discover who we are. For example, if my scene partner looks at me and says, Nice scuba suit, Carla!, they have given me … Continued

Welcome to the lexicon, vajestic!

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I’m a word nerd.  I love words.  I use them every day. And I contribute to updating and expanding the lexicon by creating new words on the regular. Today’s new word came to me when I first saw the Temple … Continued

Today’s Improv Life Hack: Curiosity

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Here’s a quick tip from the Improv world that can vastly improve the quality of your conversations. When the other person is speaking, listen closely for what you are most curious about and guide the conversation more in the direction of what interests … Continued

Improv Intervention!

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The other day I was sitting at a very serious coffee spot in San Francisco. The kind of elaborate coffee laboratory where an earnest hipster meticulously crafts me the perfect cup of joe in just under 14 minutes, for only six dollars.  I … Continued

Spank Me Seth Godin!

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Seth Godin is one of my very favorite voices in the world today.  He’s a Thought Leader who has written an obscene number of books, he blogs daily and he’s a TED superstar.  The essence of  his message is this: … Continued

Color Me Delighted!

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I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in the wild and wonderful, multi-cultural swirl that is India. People in India are not afraid of color. It’s everywhere and I love it. Wearing color is a gift.  As long as … Continued

My Ass-Kicking Great Grandmother

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This is my great-grandmother. Her name was Florence Bates.  She was an astonishingly courageous human being. Born in 1888, Florence became one of the first woman lawyers in Texas in 1912. That would be a full eight years before women could even vote. In 1912, she got … Continued

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