#111 – Bob Kulhan on Improv Tips To Improve Your Writing Process

Bob Kulhan is an elite improviser and an adjunct professor at both Duke University and Columbia University business schools.

Bob is also the Founder & CEO of Business Improv® – a 21-yr-old consultancy linking improvisation to business through behavioral sciences.

His clients include a who’s who of businesses (from pharma to manufacturing to aerospace), universities, organizations, and government institutions.

He has also worked extensively with entrepreneurs and solopreneurs, individuals looking to develop their creativity muscles.

He is the author of GETTING TO YES AND (Stanford University Press).

The first 100% virtual program Bob led was in January 2017, and for the last 4.5 years Bob has pioneered experiential learning in the virtual space, leading dynamic, high-energy, Virtual (synchronous), Online (asynchronous) & blended solutions.


  • When we edit while we create, we limit what we create because we end up focusing on what’s not right about our work in real time instead of what we need to do, which is just get ideas out of our heads.
  • Just get the major concepts out of our heads because that’s hard enough on its own.
  • The process is fail early, fail often. Then clean it up in a second, separate process.
  • If you’ve written a first draft that you think is perfect, Good luck with that. Drafts are – by the nature of the word – not final. Drafts are meant to be worked on again and again. So a draft turns into a living document.
  • I’d rather have written too much and have to edit down than have written too little and have to bulk up. The reason for this: it is easier to edit what has already been created than edit while you are creating.
  • If you’re not failing in your first draft, I would ask if you were really innovating. You are likely playing it too safe and focusing on being perfect.
  • To improve the first draft process, I would focus on postponing judgment. It sounds like it’s an easy thing that I’m just not going to judge. However, postponing judgment takes intentionality.


Website: Business Improv

Book: Getting to “Yes And” (Amazon Hardcover/Kindle/Audiobook/CD)