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Why improvisation training?

Ample evidence points to the enormous health and professional benefits of laughter, lightheartedness, games, and humor...too much sobriety can be bad for your career and worse for your general well-being. In the Conceptual Age, in work and in life, we all need to play.
— Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind

Imagine it. Your entire team is on their feet. They’re actively engaged. They’re smiling and laughing together. They are not performing the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” - although many feared they would. Instead they are directly experiencing how fundamental improv principles apply directly to the work place. They are developing skills in communication, collaboration, public speaking, and more - and they’re having fun at the same time.

How will my team benefit?

Teamwork - A greater sense of camaraderie, connection and trust among teammates
Takeaways - Practical tools to immediately apply to the workplace
Participation - On-their-feet learning, not listening to a lecture
Communication - Improve effective communication so that the message intended is the message received
Flexibility - Change is universal. Learn to roll with it!
Engagement - Every eye and ear will be engaged, no matter how “introverted”
Practice - A safe, supported environment where failure is encouraged! Try big, fail big, celebrate!
Awareness - In the age of slivered attention spans, cultivate present focus and active listening
Play - An opportunity for playfulness rarely experienced as adults. An attitude supercharger
Innovation/Creativity - Collaborate to create solutions unattainable alone
Memories - A rare professional experience that combines real fun and meaningful learning

What can I expect?

Although we can customize the training to your team’s needs, here’s one solution many clients use:
Participants are divided into subgroups of 18 or less and paired with an expert facilitator. The group is guided through an engaging and fun series of exercises. Key experiences are debriefed with participants to help them make practical connections to the work place. Comfort zones are stretched in a safe, supported way. Everyone participates simultaneously, and no one is be singled out or asked to be funny. The time ends with a large group debrief, takeaway sheets and personal commitments, free show tickets, a huge group energy booster, and more…

When are these workshops used?

The scenarios we see most often:

  • Kicking off a multi-day training

  • Leadership team training session

  • Rotational program development event

  • Team retreat or “get-out-of-the-office” day

  • Team building

Is improvisation training catching on?

Yes, and…

Harvard Business Review “Using Improv to Unite Your Team” and “3 Improv Exercises That Can Change the Way Your Team Works”
' "Why Improv Training is Great Business Training" and “Add A Little Laughter In The Workplace To See Big Results”
Inc. Magazine's “Companies use improv exercises to boost collaboration and creativity” and “8 Ways Improvisation Can Make You Into a Better Leader”
Entrepreneur’s “How Improv Comedy Can Seriously Grow Your Business”
Fast Company’s “Yes, And… Improv Techniques To Make You A Better Boss”
NPR’s “When the Art of the Deal Includes Improv Training”

What training topics are offered?

We offer training on a variety of topics:

Team Building workshops typically include the foundation of improvisation, the concept of "Yes, And", and a variety of other concepts can also be taught including:

speaking with passion

hinking on your feet,

understanding and awareness of status behaviors, and more.

Public Speaking - Group public speaking workshops or 1:1 coaching help participants become more confident, comfortable presenters. Training sessions are designed to meet your specific needs and can include segments on critical tools for preparation, body language and non-verbals, identifying unconscious habits, and more. 

Creative Ideation - The foundation of improv, "Yes, And," is perfect for helping groups generate new ideas. Our ideation facilitator will guide your team through an innovation process that balances teamwork, focus, energy and risk. Teams will learn how to remove obstacles and to collaborate on each other's ideas, rather than shooting them down. These sessions are best when designed around a specific goal or business problem.

Private Shows - For an extra boost, consider combining your workshop with a private improv show. It's a fun and laughter-filled way to cap off the learning experience and allows participants to observe veteran improvisers demonstrating workshop skills.

The Results

After our workshops, clients typically report:

  • Increased feelings of mutual support

  • Greater ability to take risks

  • More confidence speaking up in meetings

  • Improved teamwork across departments

  • Better body language awareness

  • Laughing a lot and having a great time!

For client testimonials, scroll through a few samples here.

Your Guides

Workshops are facilitated by Jon Ulrich, Mark Delmar Davis, and Colin Thornton, who bring years of training and improv expertise to the table.

Jon is a veteran improviser and teacher who has performed improv for hundreds of paying audiences. He has extensive corporate training experience, and worked more than seven years for a Fortune 100 company. Jon has personally experienced the challenges faced by organizations large and small, and is the perfect guide to help ease your team into the world of improvisation.

Mark is a former HR Executive with 27+ years under his belt working for Fortune 500 companies in positions like Regional Director, Territory Manager, and District Manager.  

Colin has over 15 years of improv teaching, performing, and directing experience, and studied at Chicago's finest improv institutions.  He specializes in bringing out the creativity and imagination in adults so that they learn to approach problems in ways that are exciting, unique, and fun. 

First Things First

If your team is ready to learn, grow and laugh in a fun, exciting and low-pressure way - or if you just want to learn more - take the next step and complete the below questionnaire. Click submit and we'll be in touch shortly.