If you aim to evoke or stimulate a particular response or emotion, do you demonstrate that before you even speak?

Countering my awkwardness by practising with an improv exercise beforehand helps create the emotional layout of my talk. Most people run through a speech many times to get it just right. I aim to get it wrong.

I do it silly – exaggerating movements, expressions and the way I speak to loosen up. Then superfast without correcting mistakes – this finds words that I stumble on (change them) and intensifies emotions so I know where to evoke feeling in my audience. Then I do it in my head, expressing it physically to see the tensions and expansions in my body. A final run through is more natural, expressive, and creative.

Every improv class I run includes freeing the self, craftily disguised as play. It helps confidence and spontaneity amazingly.

Do you ever practice getting things wrong? Or realise you have learned something from a mistake?

"I have been taking part in Cathy’s improv sessions for several weeks and I cannot recommend her enough. She effortlessly creates playful, yet safe spaces for us to explore and get creative. It’s a wonderful way to disconnect from the working week and bring forth the inner child😀 Thank you Cathy - I think everyone should do this - so therapeutic! Looking forward to next time👍" Jackie Handy Trainer and Speaker on Inclusion