I have always been an avid reader. Even now with a 6-month old I manage to find time to read, and it helps me keep my sanity in these busy times!
I was recently reading Tina Fey’s autobiography Bossypants(a great laugh!) and an interesting section about improvisational theatre made me notice the similarities between improv and community contribution.
Tina Fey lists the following rules of improvisation and I’ve added my translation for the SAP Community Network:
Agree and Say “Yes”:
When you’re on stage improvising with a fellow actor, always agree and say yes. In improvisational theatre, this means ‘respect what your partner has created and start from an open-minded place’.
In SCN, this means be polite and open to different opinions, respect the rules of engagement.
Say “Yes, And”:
When improvising, you are supposed to agree and then add something of your own. Otherwise be ready for an awkward silence on stage.
In SCN, this means become a member of SCN and contribute. Reading and learning on SCN is fine, but share what you’ve learned as well: add your perspective and experience by contributing in blog posts, forum messages, documents, or in the wiki. Ms Fey also says ‘”Yes, And” means don’t be afraid to contribute. It’s your responsibility to contribute. Always make sure you’re adding something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile.’
There are no mistakes, only opportunities:
If your improv buddy goes in another direction than expected, just go with it. ‘There are no mistakes, only beautiful happy accidents.’
This is true for SCN as well. Newcomers are welcome and we’re working to make them feel even more welcome in the future, giving them the opportunity to explore and – yes, maybe – make mistakes. Sorry – have beautiful happy accidents.
If you didn’t respect the rules of engagement once and a Moderator brings you back to the right path, just apologize and learn from it. Next time you’ll be better.
If someone comments to your blog by adding another perspective and you feel it is criticism, think again and see that as an opportunity to learn. Thank the commenter and connect with him/her to start a new relationship of learning and mentoring! One day you will do the same for another member of SCN.
OK… Maybe you’ve cheated to get more points. In that case you will get caught and sanctions will follow. There is an exception to every rule 😉