The Power of Improvisation in Business

How To Create More Effective Conversations and Communication

Using research-based best practices and drawing on the principles of improvisation, this workshop will teach your team to listen, reflect, tune into each other’s needs, and collaborate, creating a culture of connectivity, high performance, and smooth operations.

The world we live in is the very nature of improv. There is no script. We never know what’s going to happen from moment to moment, how a client or colleague will change directions, how someone might behave in unexpected ways. The principles and skills taught through improv – like “yes, and…”, make your partner look good, active listening, creativity, acceptance, and storytelling – are just a few of the tenets that align so perfectly to our lives in business.

The ability to dive into the unknown, take risks, and think on your feet can only lead to improved overall performance and effectiveness at work.

In this highly experiential and transformative session, you will be introduced to the principles of improvisation and how, when applied, it creates more effective conversations and communication. You will have the opportunity to practice skills and learn from each other in a safe, non-threatening environment. You will be guided through a series of fun interactive exercises followed by discussions to lock in the learning. Each exercise allows for self-discovery and building new skills, always working towards the overall objective of the program.

Workshop Objectives
• Create a positive productive company culture
• Learn effective communication skills
• Connect and engage with coworkers across departments, levels, experience
• Learn the principles of improv flexibility, creativity, empathy acceptance, building on others’ ideas, and active listening
• Grow business
• Have fun, socialize, and learn about coworkers in a safe, enjoyable environment

This workshop is offered within organizations for groups of 5 people or more.

Course duration: Each module is one hour long
Course language: English

Program Topics

Module 1
The Power of “Yes, And…” with Applied Improvisation
Building on the ideas of others is key for innovation, growing relationships, team building, and creating a collaborative happy culture. This class focuses on learning how to accept and add information to what other people say to have more meaningful and productive conversations.

Module 2
The Art of Active Listening with Improv
How to listen without interrupting is a skill that needs to be strengthened. Relationships thrive when you actively listen, connect, and respond to what is being said. In this class, we work on creating self-awareness though utilizing exercises that develop and encourage active listening.

Module 3
Team Building and Collaboration

Module 4
The Power of Story Telling

Module 5
Emotional Intelligence/ Empathy/ Resilience

Module 6
How to Stay Connected in a Virtual World

Module 7
How to Close More Sales

Module 8
Mindfulness and Self-Regulation to Avoid Burn-Out

Module 9
The Art of Being Positive and Influencing Others

Module 10
Innovation Brainstorming and Creativity

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this workshop, you will have experience in:

• Learning new skills
• Being present and in the moment
• Building trust and bonding more deeply with coworkers
• Becoming creative problem solvers
• Picking up on other people’s offers and ideas
• Increased teamwork, camaraderie, and collaboration
• Improved active listening
• Becoming the directors of conversations
• Reaching out of one’s comfort zone
• Thinking on your feet, increased empathy, cultivate positivity
• Adapting to the unexpected
• Becoming more flexible
• Inspiring the desire for continued growth

Your team will leave this workshop with new and improved skills that will increase their ability to communicate more effectively, which will empower your employees and create a successful company culture that thrives.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be invaluable to all employees at all levels across departments from the CEO to Supervisors, Managers and all direct reports who wish to learn new skills and improv interoffice dynamics. It is also greatly effective for connecting new hires to their team and evaluating employee performance. This results in creating a positive and productive working environment.

For more information on this workshop, please contact:
Sophie Gouédard
Tel: 613-234-2020, ext. 21

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