Episode 40

The Improv Advantage for Entrepreneurs with Nathan Minns


November 1st, 2023

42 mins 58 secs

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About this Episode

Welcome to another episode of the G.E.M. Series Podcast! We're joined by Nathan Minns, the Founder & CEO of Green Light Improv. Join us as Nathan takes us on an incredible journey, sharing the improv advantage with entrepreneurs and employees alike.

Nathan offers a riveting narrative of personal discovery, from his auditions with an improv group to the inception of his own company. He highlights the transformative power of maintaining an experimental mindset and how it has influenced his entrepreneurial voyage. You'll gain insights into how he weaves improv principles into his workshops, effectively addressing participants' concerns and fostering growth.

Don't miss this golden opportunity to expand your knowledge. Tune in to this episode and discover how you can apply the improviser's mindset to overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Key Takeaways
00:00:00 What is The G.E.M. Series
00:00:49 Who is Nathan Minns
00:01:21 Journey to starting Green Light Improv
00:04:00 Growing up as a small entrepreneur
00:05:14 Trial and error process
00:06:41 How he started his business
00:08:44 Why he chose entrepreneurship
00:12:45 Having his parents’ support
00:15:16 Relationship with failure
00:19:07 Finding momentum in business
00:25:34 The sales process and building trust
00:27:53 Introducing improv in workshops
00:30:15 Improv for introverts
00:35:42 The concept of "yes and…"
00:38:31 Teaching the entrepreneurial mindset
00:39:51 Finding Nathan Minns
00:40:04 Final words of wisdom

00:05:20 “I used my story as a way to exemplify that in entrepreneurship, it's very much a trial and error process.” - Nathan Minns
00:11:15 “There's nobody else that I can blame other than myself. So what that means is you end up figuring out ways to become the kind of worker that you want to be.” - Blake Chapman
00:11:54 “Just have an idea and do it. One day, it succeeds, but more often than not, these ideas aren't working. And that's fine.” - Nathan Minns
00:29:50 “I find that introducing others in the workshop, making it clear that they are not going to be put on the spot, and giving them a slow ramp into participating is helpful in getting everyone involved in the room.” - Nathan Minns
00:34:37 “When you mess up, all of the people that report to you are going to see that you are valuable just like any other person.” - Nathan Minns
00:40:20 “When we walk in a room, no matter where we're going, we can make the choice of how we'll show up in that room.”

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