CORPORATE IMPROV TRAINING
Our improvisation training programs are designed (and priced) with small-to-medium businesses in mind, and powered by the leaders in experiential learning programs, Business Improvisations. While all of our programs are created to impart the foundational skills of improvisation, each of the 4 programs offers a unique focus:
Creativity & Collaboration:
This workshop utilizes improvisation to build an understanding of the creative process firmly rooted in collaboration.
Active Listening & Communication:
This workshop utilizes improvisation to strengthen communication skills in interpersonal and group settings.
This workshop utilizes improvisation to build trust and a team-focused mentality amongst co-workers.
This workshop utilizes improvisation to improve composure, hone presentation skills and increase engagement in public speaking.
Our workshops generally last 3 hours, and require at least 1 instructor for every 15-20 participants.
We can come to your facility or off-site location… or schedule a time to utilize our theater!
BRING OUR SCHOOL TO YOU
Many of our clients find that going through one of our corporate workshops transforms their organization. So much so that some companies choose to have On-going Leadership Development classes on-site at their offices. Much like riding a bike, the skills developed through improvisations are learned by doing, and the more you do it, then more you learn it.
We can bring a series of improv for business classes to your office to be onsite for your employees. If you have a large organization or an abundance of employees looking to grow, we can run multiple levels simultaneously. This is an excellent way to see the long terms effects of training a development, transform the culture of an organization, invest in your employees and build a team that is committed to each other and the mission of your organization.
Ongoing Leadership Development
5 Common Characteristics of Strong Teams
Is your team a led like a jazz band or an orchestra?
By The HQ
Argue all you want about the best processes and methodologies to get work done. They matter. Having a great, repeatable process is crucial to a good, consistent creative output. But as important as having the right process is having a strong team — ready to work within that process. A team that can adapt to issues as they arise, find creative solutions to complex problems, and enjoy their work even when it is difficult. There are a few characteristics that we’ve seen in years of working with all types of teams — starting with how the team is given direction.
Getting to “Yes, And”
How improv comedy skills became a must-have for entrepreneurs.
By Seth Stevenson
A few years ago, for complex reasons, I attended the orientation week for Columbia Business School students. The week involved team-building exercises that forced us to solve problems together. It included a module on ethics, in which we were asked to respond to hypothetical dilemmas. There was, of course, a near-lethal amount of alcohol consumption. And, one morning, as we gathered (quite hung over) in the auditorium, we did improv.
Getting to “Yes, And”
The art of business improv
By Bob Kulhan
Amidst the deluge of advice for businesspeople, there lies an overlooked tool, a key to thriving in today’s fast-paced, unpredictable environment: improvisation. In Getting to “Yes And” veteran improv performer, university professor, CEO, and consultant Bob Kulhan unpacks a form of mental agility with powers far beyond the entertainment value of comedy troupes.
Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration
By Keith Sawyer
Creativity has long been thought to be an individual gift, best pursued alone; schools, organizations, and whole industries are built on this idea. But what if the most common beliefs about how creativity works are wrong? Group Genius tears down some of the most popular myths about creativity, revealing that creativity is always collaborative-even when you're alone. Sharing the results of his own acclaimed research on jazz groups, theater ensembles, and conversation analysis, Keith Sawyer shows us how to be more creative in collaborative group settings, how to change organizational dynamics for the better, and how to tap into our own reserves of creativity.
No Laughing Matter...How Improv Improves Business.
By Lisa Colantuono
Robin Williams will always be remembered as the improvisational genius that was forever present in the moment, and the only thing faster than his mouth was his mind. His speed and focus allowed him to feel the audience and change direction on the fly. Although Mr. Williams made improv look like riding a bike, very few people can upstage him or would even try. But was his skill innate or learned, and what can we, as business executives, study from his ability and apply to the business world?
The Evolution of Cooperation
By Robert Axelrod
The Evolution of Cooperation provides valuable insights into the age-old question of whether unforced cooperation is ever possible. Widely praised and much-discussed, this classic book explores how cooperation can emerge in a world of self-seeking egoists-whether superpowers, businesses, or individuals-when there is no central authority to police their actions. The problem of cooperation is central to many different fields. Robert Axelrod recounts the famous computer tournaments in which the “cooperative” program Tit for Tat recorded its stunning victories, explains its application to a broad spectrum of subjects, and suggests how readers can both apply cooperative principles to their own lives and teach cooperative principles to others.
Why using improvisation to teach business skills is no joke
By Mark Tutton
In a business world that's more uncertain than ever it pays to be able to think on your feet. That's why some business schools are using improvisation classes to teach skills such as creativity and leadership.
While many people might think of improvisation as unscripted comedy, it can apply to any form of spontaneous theater -- and practitioners say that using "improv" to teach business skills is no joke.
Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
By Keith Johnstone
Keith Johnstone's involvement with the theatre began when George Devine and Tony Richardson, artistic directors of the Royal Court Theatre, commissioned a play from him. This was in 1956. A few years later he was himself Associate Artistic Director, working as a play-reader and director, in particular helping to run the Writers' Group. The improvisatory techniques and exercises evolved there to foster spontaneity and narrative skills were developed further in the actors' studio then in demonstrations to schools and colleges and ultimately in the founding of a company of performers, called The Theatre Machine.
Whose Classroom Is It, Anyway?
Improvisation as a Teaching Tool
By Ronald A. Berk & Rosalind H. Trieber
Improvisational techniques derived from the experiences in improvisational theatre can be adapted for the college classroom to leverage the characteristics of the Net Generation, their multiple intelligences and learning styles, and the variety of collaborative learning activities already in place in a learner-centered environment. When improvisation is reformatted as small-group collaborative learning exercises, it can be a powerful teaching tool to promote deep learning. The authors describe the key features of improvisation along with four generic, easy to execute exercises applied to real course content: “One Word at a Time/One Sentence at a Time,” “Speech Tag,” “Freeze Tag,” and “Gibberish Expert Interview.” An evaluation scale to measure the effectiveness of classroom applications is also included.
To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
By Daniel H. Pink
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in nine Americans works in sales. Every day more than fifteen million people earn their keep by persuading someone else to make a purchase. But dig deeper and a startling truth emerges:
Yes, one in nine Americans works in sales. But so do the other eight.
Whether we’re employees pitching colleagues on a new idea, entrepreneurs enticing funders to invest, or parents and teachers cajoling children to study, we spend our days trying to move others. Like it or not, we’re all in sales now.