When we learn to respond to others with “Yes, and ...” — acknowledging what we’ve heard and building upon it — we arrive more quickly at agreement and at breakthrough solutions for challenging problems.
“Yes, and ...” is one of several improv techniques you’ll learn from Peter Margaritis’s Off Script — a book that will help you build bridges, generate good ideas, adapt to any situation, nurture teams, and keep your anxiety at bay.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., improvised the most iconic moments of his “I Have a Dream” speech (originally titled “Normalcy: Never Again”) when he realized his audience needed and deserved something different from what he had prepared. He went “off script” and the rest is history.
You, too, can embrace the courage, confidence, compassion, and clarity to talk about what really matters — in the moment when it matters most — by mastering the art of business improvisation. Let Peter Margaritis show you how!
Connection is the beginning of collaboration, opportunity, and success. Learn to listen more effectively, to use generosity and vulnerability in service of others, and to let go of the ego that’s holding you back.
Free from negativity and fully embracing your new ability to listen, learn, and build upon the ideas of others, go “off script” to leave your inner critic behind and to deliver exactly what your audience needs from you.
In mastering the use of “Yes, and ...” in place of “No, because ...” and “Yes, but ...” you will be well on your way to becoming the kind of positive, present, people-centric leader who gets things done and inspires teams to achieve even more.
Good leaders always want to be better leaders. And they attempt to do so by picking up new skills, frameworks, tools, and mindsets to help them control the narrative, ensure ideal outcomes, script the conversations, manage the problems, predict the future, and win (negotiations, new business, market share, and more). But what if good leaders could become better leaders by doing the opposite — by letting go of the control, by going “off script” in their conversations and negotiations, by being present instead of rushing to the future, and by collaborating in authentic, empathetic ways? They can!
Going OFF SCRIPT doesn’t come naturally to most organizational leaders. We want to:
We want to be flawless and in control. And we like agendas, plans, notes, and scripts to help us do that. It’s a good start, and (not but!) going “off script” can take that preparation and practice further.
If your company, nonprofit, association, university, or other organization is like most, the old way of communicating and managing isn’t working for you — not entirely. The status quo is coming up short.
Join renowned speaker, bestselling business author, The Accidental Accountant, leadership expert, and improv virtuoso Peter Margaritis for an exploration of how you and your organization can go “off script” to master the art of business improvisation. Peter is a master at working with individuals and their organizations to implement business improvisation for inspired innovation. In his latest book on effective workplace communication, Peter invites managers, directors, founders, vice presidents, and chief executives to redefine leadership and teamwork. And he teaches you the techniques he’s taught employees at world-class brands like White Castle, Cardinal Health, Oklahoma State University, Penske, Marriott, and Northrop Grumman.
Business improv is about letting go of your own agenda to listen intently — to be empathetic and open-minded in the present moment — so you can truly connect with colleagues and other stakeholders to generate optimal results.
What They're Saying about Peter's New Book!
“Off Script is a book infused with the personality and fun of improv, and it jumps at you and takes hold of your attention with the same energy Peter delivers during his live events. Practical, funny, and always had me thinking: ‘I could do this! Why am I not doing this?’ Peter’s improv experiences offer us ways to enhance our day-to-day interactions ... from the Zoom meeting to the boardroom.”
“This book is not just a game-changer — it is a life changer. Practical, fun, deeply profound, and powerful, it takes us Off Script and guides us in learning, opening our minds and hearts, and mastering the power and art of improv in business and in life.”
"Two simple words — ‘Yes, and ...’ — can change a culture and spur ideas and conversation throughout an organization. One word stops everything … NO! I love what Peter teaches us, using two simple words and how he invites us to work on exercises that help us better understand the impact of leading like an improviser. If you want to be an effective leader, start with YES AND!”
“Preparation is key and the more prepared you are, the more poised for success you are. That’s what this book is all about — being ready to answer the call when opportunity knocks. Peter’s extensive career as a speaker gives him the experience, expertise, and acumen to provide real-life (and personal) examples of how improvisation can help us in the business world.”
— Jeffrey Hayzlett
Primetime TV & Podcast Host, Speaker, Author, and Part-Time Cowboy