Mike Weaver
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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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AIN President Bulletin: What we know about games and gamers know about improvisation

The training community is excited about games. Here are just two questions recently posted on one of the big training websites: ‘Can game-based learning improve your soft skills?’ and ‘Is gamification still a bit mysterious to you?’. Improvisers know about games. And applied improvisation practitioners know how to use games effectively within trainings, workshops and meetings. But gamers don’t always know much about improvisation. They tend to be focused more on the mechanics, whether on a…See More
Faris Khalid replied to Mike Weaver's discussion AIN President Bulletin: What are your games to solve problems?
"Thats cool Jenny. Yeah a lot of the improv structures can be adapted to address various skills. I often do that because I realize that most of the structures I THINK I come up with were actually developed (and made popular) many many years ago…"
Mar 30
Jenny Drescher replied to Mike Weaver's discussion AIN President Bulletin: What are your games to solve problems?
"Catherine, I have had success with "I Failed" as a way to help people relax with their peers and let go of worries about looking stupid or making mistakes. Of course I could see how getting a roomful of type A's to lighten up that…"
Mar 30
Jenny Drescher replied to Mike Weaver's discussion AIN President Bulletin: What are your games to solve problems?
"Goalie is so versatile,  I love the way you are using it in this way. I have recently been using it for language exercises with teenagers in a similar fashion. They have to come up with any kind of answers that are not their defaults of…"
Mar 30
Faris Khalid replied to Mike Weaver's discussion AIN President Bulletin: What are your games to solve problems?
"This is one of my favorite improv-related subjects for many reasons; the most obvious being, that it helps progress a scene or a brainstorming session. And there's nothing worse than stagnation. I think I started to look at it more critically…"
Mar 30
Ralf Wetzel replied to Mike Weaver's discussion AIN President Bulletin: What are your games to solve problems?
"Dear Judy, dear Paul, my suggestion would be: please keep "to solve problems" in but change the perception of the 'equation'. So far, I perceive the 'equation that you've been built up, Paul, like: problem + improv =…"
Mar 29
Mike Weaver's discussion was featured

AIN President Bulletin: What are your games to solve problems?

What are your games to solve problems?When Keith Johnstone, Viola Spolin and Augusto Boal originally developed their games, they designed them to solve problems.  Keith for example offered status activities that showed actors how to look more natural on stage.  Viola had a set of exercises to get children to speak up in class.  Augusto’s games aimed to empower the oppressed to take greater control of politically disadvantageous situations. Many of the games turned out to be entertaining, and…See More
Mar 29
Paul Z Jackson replied to Mike Weaver's discussion AIN President Bulletin: What are your games to solve problems?
"Fantastic.  We'd have an interview/workshop with the whole conference, plus other specialist sessions that she might like to offer."
Mar 29

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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