2019 Session Description

The YES, AND Inside NO, BUT

For adults (teens welcome) • 60 minutes
Category: Tools/Techniques
Maximum Participants: 20
Wednesday 8:00pm • Centennial Auditorium
Time and location subject to change (what isn't?)

Improv has one main mantra – YES, AND. It is the base that gives improv its humor and excitement. We in the creativity field laud the YES, AND philosophy – and it is good. But it is only half of what we need to know. It is divergent and necessary, but not the end of the process. Outside, on the edge of this is NO, BUT, the criteria-based aspect of convergence.

In this session we will look at the YES/NO AND/BUT quadrants and how to apply them to our work, and when they are appropriate, and when they aren’t. Then we will look at which quadrant we spend our mental time in, and how to adjust that, if necessary.
This session is intended to help those who struggle with convergence find the best language for it and create tools that can help you get there. This will also be helpful for session leaders who deal with hard-to-converge resource groups. If you have committed to always living a YES, AND life, this may push you to the edge, but have no fear, we will hang a guardrail there.
Participants will learn about the quadrants, practice tips (and games) to help them move along in the process, engage in activities to show awareness, and reflect on where they are, and where they want to be.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Participants will learn the Yes/No And/But Quadrants and what they mean.
  • Participants will learn where they 'live' in the quadrant, and how to move if necessary.
  • Participants will learn activities to help them and their audiences/classes/clients move along in the CPS process.
Beth Slazak
Buffalo, NY
Beth Slazak works for the Creative Education Foundation as the Manager of Events and Education, so she travels far and wide teaching Creative Problem Solving to those who want to deal with challenges faster and with more deliberate creativity. That includes incoming freshmen at Buffalo State, where she is an adjunct, who are part of the Inspire program.

Beth trained at Second City and now spends her free time performing with Buffalo ComedySportz. She uses this ‘yes, and’ training to encourage others to take on new challenges and face problems with a new attitude.

Beth is a returning presenter. Click to see what they've presented in the past.

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