Actress and comedian Tiny Fey’s best-selling memoir “Bossypants” is more than a fun read. According to career experts, there are nuggets of wisdom in there that can help anyone get ahead.
To start, Tina Fey says first rule of improvisational comedy is to always say “yes” because if the person you’re on stage with suggests something – and you say “no”, the scene goes nowhere. But the absolute best response to give in a comedy sketch is “yes, and...” Because then, you’re not only agreeing, you’re moving things forward. And that’s what your boss wants. He wants someone who’s going to contribute their own ideas – someone who adds something to the discussion. So remember “yes, and...”
In Tina Fey’s book she also says how women may be doing themselves a disservice by not speaking assertively. Many women turn a statement into a question – and that undermines their worth. Think of it this way – you wouldn’t want a doctor to say, “I’m going to be your surgeon?” I’m here to talk to you about your procedure?” So make statements sounds like statements, or no one will have confidence in your ability.
The final career lesson from Tina Fey – don’t be afraid of failure. She tells the story of Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels. He always says: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. It goes on because it’s 11:30.” The point is that, whether or not every comedy sketch is perfect, the show is live and it’ll go on, ready or not. So don’t wait for everything to be perfect – or you’ll never get anything done.