How can you use improvisation to teach business skills?
Many people think of comedy when they think of improv. It’s really not about being funny-although when used in a comedy show-it can be. The truth is, improv actors train and practice relentlessly to sharpen the necessary skill set to perform improvisation for stage successfully. The artform also lends itself to conditioning the muscles of working off script, stepping into the unknown, being in the moment and just using what you have. Sound familiar? Aren’t we doing that everyday at work?
The training methodology we use to design and execute our programs takes the same conditioning and skill building an improv actor undergoes and applies it to teams and business environments.
Specific skills like listening, empathy, agility and trust are a few of the concepts we weave into a program through live exercises that elicit thought provoking discoveries on why these skills are so critical and how they can be applied to day to day work. A natural byproduct of the improv methodology is its ability to bring teams closer inducing vulnerability, collaboration, creativity, innovation, ensemble building and a “We can do more together than solo” mindset.
Learning and Development leaders today are adopting a blended learning approach using classroom, web based and experiential methods to create an approach that appeals to today’s learners. Our methodology folds into the experimental side of the house and reaches learners through highly interactive and engaging techniques where there is live practice of skills using real-world examples and drawing clear applications to your organization.
The skill of improvisation is an excellent tool for driving collaboration and teamwork, allowing space for creativity and innovation to breed. The unique nature of improv helps teams discover unknown territories where people connect, trust, and create thus enabling them to enter the unknown without fear. When a group is able to connect in authentic ways, a world of possibilities awaits them.
No other methodology teaches the value and rewards of building something together in the moment and puts to practice all the skills that matter whenever humans must interact with other humans-all in a brave space.