It's no secret...
Applied improvisation training is sweeping the business world. With headlines like Forbes' "Why Improv Training is Great Business Training" and Inc. Magazine's "Companies use improv exercises to boost collaboration and creativity", it's clear organizations have discovered the value of applied improv. But just why is it valuable? Isn't improv for funny people who think lightning-fast on their feet?
Although it might seem otherwise, improv is founded on the same skills that empower any successful business or organization: innovation, creativity, collaboration, and communication. And when you understand and experience how improv actually works, you'll realize these are attributes absolutely everyone can cultivate - no lightning-fast thinking required.
And the best part? Being funny is absolutely not necessary!
Improv Cincinnati offers a variety of workshops:
Team Building and Skill Building - The perfect mix of fun, laughter, and practical application. These workshops utilize improv exercises to develop connections between participants and cultivate critical business skills in a way that is fun, interactive, and customized to meet your team's needs. These workshops are often utilized for:
- Leadership teams
- Kicking off multi-day training sessions
- Rotational program cohorts
- Team retreats or get-out-of-the-office days
- Morale boosters
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, maintaining composure/thinking on your feet, understanding and awareness of unconscious 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.
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.
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
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