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5 Reasons Your Team Needs Improv Training.

on Wed, 05/31/2017 - 22:27

Improv isn’t magic, it is a practice that has been developed and adapted for professional development.

An Applied Improv Consultant will teach you games and do a skillful debrief that ties into the opportunities that your team needs to face. You should hire an improv consultant to help you for the following five reasons.

1) Your team works together, but do they know each other? After doing an improv session your team will feel less siloed and more connected.

2) Listening to each other. Being present with what is being said.

The 3 big mistakes that Improv can help you avoid when making presentations.

on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 23:59

We have all been there. You are giving a big presentation to the higher ups. You're self-conscious and sweaty and you must get it right. There are 3 big missteps that Improv can help you avoid in order to give a much better presentation.

1) Emotional Contagion - This is the concept that other people can feel what you are feeling. Emotional contagion can lead to empathy. We all feel this to some extent. When we are on stage, with the lights on us, we become "super delivers". What we feel is projected and amplified.

Take 'Yes,&' beyond brainstorming!

on Wed, 04/13/2016 - 19:50

'Yes, &' is the most ubiquitous concept in improvisation. It means that whatever you say, I reply with a 'yes' which lets you know that I acknowledge what you have said or done. It lets you know that I was present. The '&' part of the equation means that I build upon whatever you said. In turn, you would 'Yes,&' my response to you and so on and so forth. It is simple and effective. It gets everyone on the same page and moving forward. Because you 'Yes,&' my reply, and I 'Yes, &' yours, we keep moving forward.

When I teach the 'Yes, &' game in corporate workshops that I run, I see faces light

Brainstorming

on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 21:21

I have been lucky enough to do well over a hundred brainstorming sessions for fortune 500 companies since the year 2000. The reason I love them so much is that they embody everything I teach in improvisation. It must be like how a math teacher feels when they are on a train leaving Detroit traveling at 60 miles per hour heading toward New York. They must be thrilled that what they teach has real world applications. For me, brainstorming is great because I get to see immediate results from the skills I teach everyday in Improvisation.

“Yes, &”

One of the big tenets of brainstorming is that

Group Mind

on Wed, 02/03/2016 - 18:32

If you are an improviser you have probably heard the term “Group Mind”. What most people mean when they say “Group Mind” is not only that the group acts as one entity, but also the result on stage is greater than the sum of the whole. When I am experiencing "Group Mind" I find myself jumping on ideas that I would have never thought of, without judgment, and they seem to be perfect. Everything flows. I try to develop "Group Mind" in all of our house teams and groups at Apixii and our theater in order to have our players to be a part of something bigger than the individual.

"Group Mind" is

Improv as a Training and Development Tool

on Wed, 01/27/2016 - 18:27

Improv as a Development Tool?

When most business people think of Improv they think comedy.  That’s what I first thought when I started almost 30 years ago and what I still think when I’m playing or watching. Most of us get into Improv because it is fun! It is the most fun thing ever!

When businesses come to us for an Improv training session or team building, 4 times out of 5 they want something that is just fun and we love those opportunities.

Why Improv Works!

on Fri, 11/20/2015 - 23:44

Improv as a Training and Development Tool?
When most business people think of Improv they think comedy. That's what I first thought when I started almost 25 years ago and what I still think when I'm playing or watching. Most of us get into Improv because it is fun! It is the most fun thing ever!
When businesses come to us for an Improv training session or team building it is usually because a leader has had some experience with improv or has read about it in a professional journal and understands that there is a lot that improv offers that can be useful to businesses, corporations and leaders.