You may be attending improvisation classes as a student or teaching them. In either case, it is important to know that when people hear a question about somebody becoming a volunteer, they often start feeling frustrated, fearful, anxious and sometimes even angry. People who pay money to attend an improv class will often avoid eye contact with the teacher and try to avoid volunteering even though being a volunteer is the best way to learn and get what they actually paid for.
You may have a question about why this is happening and what can be done to change it. First, you need to know that there is a scenario in which all hands in the room go up when you ask if someone wants to become a volunteer. This scenario is common when working with a group of children. When you deal with children, you will notice many more hands going up and some of the participants may actually rush forward because they want to become a volunteer so much.
Children approach new tasks very differently from adults. Their mission is to experiment and have fun. Adults, on the other hand, often want to assess the situation and think about it first. It is as if they are running a security check such as Holm Security to establish if they will stay safe after they choose to participate. If someone thinks that he or she will be successful, only then does the person chooses to volunteer.
Many adults have already know what they are good at and what they are not good at, and it’s extremely hard to change that thought process. This means that they approach new learning opportunities, such as an improv class, with fear and anxiety, which are not good states of mind for learning.
For this reason, people who are successful at improv are typically relaxed. If you are a student, that’s the state you want to be in. If you teach improv classes, that’s the state in which you need your students to be in.