I’ve gotta stop thinking of the word “strong” as aggressive and high status. I keep blasting in with loud, in-your-face characters because that’s what a “strong character” or “strong initiation” is in my head.
And it isn’t, not always, it’s not what “strong” means! A terrified low-status character can be way stronger than a loudmouthed crazy character!
Therefore, from now on, to avoid associating “strong” improvising with high status aggression, I will call it “juicy.”
“That was a real juicy initiation, good job!”
“You had a nice juicy emotional reaction to that first line.”
“Have a juicy character in the first beat.”
“We’re all working to be juicier improvisers.”