The Art of Improv

Alexander Lyadov
2 min readFeb 17, 2024
Light Painting by Pablo Picasso

I’m in awe of the art of improvisation.

The comedian turns the mockery of hustlers back on them.
The rapper crafts a witty lyric from random words.
The judoka pulls off a wild move to win at the last moment.

I genuinely envy them because I can manage it only occasionally.

What have I gleaned from studying people who improvise freely?

1. Preparation.
They’ve poured a lot of energy into becoming masters of their craft. Their skills are polished, and they have a wide array of tools.

2. Security.
A deep understanding of the subject gives them a sense of security. If nothing threatens, you can create easily, boldly, on a whim.

3. Play.
The activity begins to resemble a foolproof game. Any mistakes make you better, and victories uplift you.

4. Dissolution.
The game is so captivating that space and time disappear. Existence lets you wholly dissolve into it.

5. Self-trust.
You enter an altered state. Inside you, a voice is heard. Usually quiet, now it drowns out the noise of the world and the criticism of people. The voice has power over you and also gives you freedom.

That’s why improvisation is paradoxical, enchanting, and fitting.

In response to the question of reality, you answer truthfully, as it is.

Sincerely yours,

-Alexander

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Alexander Lyadov

As a business therapist, I help tech founders increase the value of their business by unlocking the potential of their personality.