What if communicating ~ even about the hard stuff ~ could be fun? What if conflict wasn't scary? What if everyone on your team was playing full out, contributing their energy & ideas freely and with full commitment?
Surprisingly, this experience if often much more accessible than people realize, and can be created by applying a few key insights and communication techniques drawn from improv theater.
In this high-energy workshop you'll learn practical skills that immediately change the trajectory of a conversation.
You will leave the workshop with new tools to:
* quickly build connection and trust
* speak so you will be understood
* access new ideas and solutions
* reconnect with creativity and fun
By gaining new skills, you will know how to connect naturally with your customers and your employees, and create the foundation for productive, responsive, and profitable businesses.
Improv Your Communication Skills
Applied Improvisation is an emerging field in leadership development that takes the skills and principles of performance improvisation and applies them to settings in business and life where success depends on the moment-to-moment interactions between people.
Many of the most important conversations of our lives are improvised.
Yet what skills are we using to create the conversations?
Most of us are making things up as we go along, without knowing what skills we are using. In contrast, professional improvisors know exactly what they are doing. They can go on stage with no script and no plan, and within seconds create relationships that are positive, engaged, and solution-focused. To do this they are using skills and principles that we can use to make our own improvised conversations more successful, engaging, and enjoyable.
Learning improv skills is fun and accessible to everyone.
“I came to respect everybody's creativity and contribution, appreciate the value of listening and observing, and value how well-designed exercises could bring out the collective best in a group.
“I am more able to accept my own fallibility with grace.
“I have more tools in my toolbox for navigating conflicts in my department.
What if communication skills training could be fun?
When are you most open to new ideas and learning? When you're having fun and surrounded by people you trust. Applied improv trainings create the optimal conditions for learning while teaching essential communication skills.
Play when the stakes are low so you can perform when the stakes are high.
Applied improvisation separates the stressful content of our conversations from the skills needed to create those conversations.
“This program helped me to see that we all have something unique and precious to offer, no matter our department, amount of experience, etc.
“I have been more frequently verbalizing feedback to colleagues about their contributions to projects and committee work. This has helped me slow down and listen more prior to responding.