1. Test early and often, with multiple versions of your invention. In Rockâ€™s case, long before he begins a world tour, he experiments with new material by doing 40+ 45-minute shows in a tiny club near his house. This helps him eliminate many duds, and refine the best lines.
2. Establish a process to refine your invention. For Rock, this simply means writing new jokes on a legal pad, and then writing up the audience reaction (good and bad) after heâ€™s doneâ€¦ so he can note, learn from and incorporate the feedback.
3. Donâ€™t overanalyze or overstress if some elements of your invention donâ€™t work for others. Rock recognizes that the audience â€“ not him â€“ ultimately needs to be delighted, so heâ€™ll revise or eliminate a joke he loves if it’s just not working well for others.
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