Improv for team building? For OUR staff? You betcha!
Using fun improvisation exercises,
IMPROVentures creates an environment where co-workers can let go of their
"office persona". The playing field is even for a day and all are
fair game for light-heartedness. Project leads can let someone else be
responsible for a while. Recent hires can be in a position of strength -- on
equal terms with long-timers and higher ranking team members.
When I teach this material, I am continually amazed by student's self-realizations during the simple
exercises that we use in the TEAMprovising workshop:
Speaking in one
"I couldn't get anyone to
follow my lead during that game...until I realized that
already doing it better than me and I should have been following
"I kept trying to get what
I needed from the people I knew the best, instead of
figuring out who could actually give me what I needed."
"Coming from another culture, it was a challenge for me to take initiative in this
[exercise], but I was
surprised how easy it was once everyone backed my ideas. I
anticipated problems that weren't there!"
easily these lessons can be applied to the office or client support!
One of the keys is to set up an
environment where it's okay to take chances and it's okay to fail.
IMPROVentures takes care to
make failure happen during the section called "Failure
"I'm such a control freak
usually. It was fun to really screw up and just laugh
with everyone about it instead of getting panicky, like I do at the
Another great thing about the
TEAMprovising format is that it allows for all levels of interest in the
It can pay off even for those who dread the so-called
'touchy-feely" soft skill classes:
"I really didn't want to do this but I got talked into it. Milo made it
okay that I stayed
within my comfort level.
And I actually did more than I thought I would. It really was fun just being a part of everyone's good time today."
Sometimes, the lessons really hit
someone on a level you can't expect:
Lee had gotten excellent reviews for years but was
always passed for promotion. At the end of a private weekend training,
me that the Status Exercises
had been very difficult for her. We
talked about it and she realized that, within her
family structure, she had never
learned that it is okay to be High Status sometimes.
She began to play with the concept at work
and now believes that the lessons she learned with me were important in the
success of her next project and her subsequent promotion.
And then sometimes, the lessons are more
still thinking about it all, but the thing I'm surest of is that I sure had fun with everyone."
was truly amazed at the way your class brought out the best in everyone there,
the team lessons we learned, and the team bonding that happened was truly
Carol A. Amaral,
U.S. Marine Corps, training manager
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