Mike Weaver
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  • Columbus, OH
  • United States
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Where do you live and work? (City)
Columbus, Ohio
What is your main interest in this network?
Networking, Improv Resources
What kind of person are you?
What kinds of improv-related services are you involved in?
Teambuilding, Creativity, Leadership, Life Skills
Any niche industries, skills, etc?
Leadership development and team building for pastors and churches
Share a favorite 'improv epiphany'
Improv for me when I first started classes was a breath of fresh air. It was and continues to be an safe place where I am free to create and be accepted even with unfinished ideas. My epiphany was that I can do this and I love doing improv. Doors have opened since my first class.
More about you: (Short Bio or any other details you'd like people to know)
Improvisor, dad, writer, friend, mystic...all words that begin to describe me.
I need help with...
Continued development of the applied improv business.
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Blog or other personal website
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How did you hear about this network?
Simply by accident

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Mike Weaver's Blog

How improv stems child abuse

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 11:32am 0 Comments

In their book, Switch, Chip and Dan Heath share a the story of a 2004 study of 55 parents who abused their children.  The study, conducted by Beverly Funderburk, aimed at finding ways of stopping the abuse for good. 

While reading about it I was struck that Dr. Funderburk and her team were using the improvisation principle of unconditional acceptance captured by the phrase ‘yes, and’ intuitively.  This principle helped bring healing and reconciliation to…


Hooray for feedback!

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 7:53am 3 Comments

My nine year old son Ethan plays baseball just like I did when I was his age.  He plays the outfield just like me.  My wife said to me on Sunday as he made his way out to right field, “He walks just like you.”  And, unfortunately, he bats just like me.  His batting average this year?  .000.  Time and again he stands in the batters box and he either walks or strikes out.  He’s made contact with the ball in batting practice, but never in a game.  He’s like a chip off the old block.



The Non-Triumph of the Will

Posted on April 5, 2010 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Walking forward and/or walking forward backward?

Posted on December 5, 2007 at 1:11pm 5 Comments

I have a dilemma. Last night while reading the book, Impro, I came

across an insightful comment that I highlighted, "The improvisor (story

teller) has to be like a man walking backward. He sees where he has

been, but he pays no attention to the future. His story can take him

anywhere, but he must still 'balance' it, and give it shape, by

remembering incidents that have been shelved and reincorporating them."

Keith Johnstone's point is that great stories have… Continue

Flat footed and on our toes

Posted on November 27, 2007 at 10:34am 5 Comments

One of my improv teachers taught us that while waiting to be part of an improv scene, we all must stand with our weight forward, on the balls of our feet, ready for our opportunity to jump in. If we were to stand flat footed, or worse with the weight on our heels, we would be slow to respond to opportunities to enter a scene. Hyper awareness is a necessary reality for good improvisors and I think in life too.

As I consider my life and my work with organizations as an applied improv… Continue

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At 12:13pm on January 8, 2014, Jason Boxer said…

Hey Mike! I'm Jason - I'm pretty new to the AIN.

Not sure if you're the man to make aware of this, but I just received a comment from a "Michelle Adams," which seemed to be a spam account. Thought I should pass that info on to someone.

Hope your New Year's going well.


At 10:49am on February 14, 2012, Eva Fidjeland said…

Tack, Mike.

At 9:23am on February 14, 2012, Dawn New said…

Thanks! Still trying to figure out this awesome resource/community! :) 

At 1:55pm on December 12, 2011, Jonathan David Nichols said…

Hello, Mike! Thank you for your welcome to AIN nearly a month ago... I've not yet made this a regular or frequent site yet but expect I will.

Again, thank you for the welcome!

At 11:25am on December 6, 2011, John Guarnero said…

Take a look on our website to see samples of our work.  You can tell our style and types of games we do.  Do you have any improv training?  We trained for years at ComedySportz and then we formed our own group.  We have been a group for 5 years now.  If you know of any project we can work on together, that would be cool.  If you are ever in the Wisconsin area, let me know so you can come to a show.

At 1:01pm on November 28, 2011, John Guarnero said…

Hey Mike,


Thanks for the warm welcome.  I am excited about joining the group.  I see you work with Pastors and Churches.  That is great.  I am also involved in a Christian Improv Group called Fish Sticks Comedy (www.fishstickscomedy.com).  If you ever think we would be a good fit for an event for you, let me know.  It would be cool to work on a kingdom project together. 

At 10:25am on November 16, 2011, Chris Murchison said…

Thanks for the welcome Mike! Much appreciated.

At 1:00pm on November 8, 2011, Eric K "eRickey" Larson said…
Thanks for the welcoming comment.  I'm looking forward to getting to know you and other improvisors here in the AIN.
At 8:22am on November 4, 2011, DaoWen Chang said…


Thanks for the warm greeting.  I noticed that you are delivering Teambuilding, Creativity, Leadership services like I do, yet you are using improv, really cool. I have so much to learn. 



At 9:49am on October 8, 2010, Christian F.Freisleben-Teutscher said…
i am also grateful to have met you mike. i was deeply touched by the way you talted to me. thank you cery much and i promise, we stay in touch,
take care, christian

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