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Improv for Better Business

Whether you’ve ever told a joke, gone to a comedy show, or even performed on stage yourself, comedy is something we all have in common. It’s a universal language that breaks down walls and opens the way for better communication. And now it can improve your business, too.

Improvisational theatre (or improv) is a unique form of comedy that is invented entirely on the spot. Performers make up everything—from the dialogue, to the characters, to the plot—relying on their own imagination for material, audience suggestions for inspiration, and one another for support. At its core, improv is a team sport: participants give and take, contributing to their scenes and accepting the contributions of others to build coherent plots with conclusions. Teamwork is the focal point in any improv game and determines whether the comedy succeeds or fails.

These skills carry over into the workplace. Katzenbach & Smith have said that “teamwork represents a set of values that encourage behaviors such as listening and constructively responding to points of view expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support to those who need it, and recognizing the interests and achievements of others.” Our team-building seminars are different from any other that you’ve attended. In collaboration with Go Time Agile’s presentation on Scalable Adaptive Scrum, we will help you and you colleagues discover more of your innovative and creative capabilities. Through the Go Time Impov workshops, attendees will learn

  • flexibility by adapting to one another’s contributions,
  • innovation by thinking on the fly,
  • trust by relying on each other’s contributions,
  • courage by stepping outside of their comfort zones
  • team work by cooperating to build coherent scenes.

“I’m convinced to do improv. All you have to do is listen to what people are saying to you, and then just add more information to what they’ve just said. That’s all there is to improv, but it’s the hardest thing to do.” -Ryan Stiles, star of Whose Line is it Anyway?