I got a gift from Tina Fey over the holidays.

Actually, I was headed to Puerto Rico for a little getaway so I asked my Facebook friends for a good read and Michelle suggested Tina’s book, Bossy Pants.

As you might expect, some of the book is hysterically funny. At one point in my reading, I was literally crying I was laughing so hard — but that’s not the gift.

The gift Tina shares – which I am re-gifting here – is the ‘Rules of Improvisation’.

She claims they will ‘Change Your Life And Reduce Belly Fat’.

I’ll buy the first part…

Rule #1: Just SAY YES

According to Tina…

The first rule of improve is AGREE. Always agree and Say Yes.

She explains… You’re not always going to agree with everything everyone says but the Rule of Agreement reminds you to ‘respect what your partner has created’.

I couldn’t agree more.

Rule #2: YES, AND…

According to Tina…

The second rule of improvisation is not only to Say Yes, but “YES, AND…”

“YES, AND…” underscores your opportunity to contribute.

“Always make sure you’re adding something to the discussion”, Fey says, “Your initiations are worthwhile”.

Yes! And, I agree!


I am insatiably curious and, as a reporter, I ask a lot of questions so I really appreciated the explanation that followed.

Statements represent that you have an opinion and are not simply deferring every decision to someone else and pointing out obstacles.

It’s respecting your role, and prompting others to do the same.


Rule #4: THERE ARE NO MISTAKES (only opportunities)

This does not apply to murdering your neighbor or cursing out your boss but since the decisions we fear or the actions we are reluctant to take aren’t likely to be so extreme, this is probably the most important – and most challenging – aspect of the creative process…

Whether you are an actor on SNL or…at any stage in life.


(Yes! And… I’m going to Make a Statement in the comments!)

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