Blame Me

"So if you're in trouble, tell yourself: 'Keith got me up here, and he wasn't any help. What an idiot!' Or blame the situation, blame the class for having too many people in it, blame the noise from the air conditioning, but never blame yourself."

It would take a while before my behaviour persuaded them that I was serious.

'My mistake!' I'd say. 'I should have asked you to be altered when he insulted you!' or 'What am I thinking of! I should have taught you the Blind-Offer Game first!'

Accepting responsibility for the students' failures makes me seem very confident. Soon even shy students will volunteer, knowing that they won't be humiliated, and the class begins to resemble a good party rather than anything academic.

Keith Johnstone - Impro for Storytellers
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