Improvisational Theatre can teach us valuable skills!
In an improv performance, a group of actors play together without a script. Together they create a totally improvised and unique story on the spot. How does it work? The actors follow a specific set of rules during the improvisation. They have to engage with teamwork at the highest levels and if they play against each other, the play is condemned to fail. The methods allow for spontaneous ideas and the creation of something new out of the impulses provided.
These skills skills derived from improv are essential to success in both professional and private spheres.
A fundamental principle for successful improvisation and a strong team is to let others shine next to you. In case you do not have an immediate idea, you may rely on the team for help until the ball into your hands. As much as it is a valuable skill for your job, it may also be useful for your private life. We may learn to respond to exceptional ideas with an open “Yes, and…” instead of blocking them with a “Yes, but…”. Giving up control, without knowing what’s next – to embrace the uncertain – may be frightening and it requires courage. Another principle of improv theater, which is also very helpful for appreciative teamwork, is the constructive handling of failures. Because in improv theatre a mistake is always an offer that can be used in a positive way.
Over the course of my training sessions, the participants may test and try out their own boundaries in a secure and safe space. It is crucial to create a respectful atmosphere in which each participant feels supported. Each person becomes an active learner through a high amount of practical activities and exercises. The participants will discover different perspectives, test unknown behaviours and embrace the new. Additionally, learning sustainably is also about having fun.
If you are interested in a bespoke improv course, please do not hesitate to contact me directly!
Why not book an improv workshop for your business? A plus all round – your staff spends an exciting, instructive and fun day together and you have offered them something out of the ordinary.
How about regular improv classes for your staff? Who does not like to work for an employer who offers the chance for self-improvement and growth within the business? I am looking forward to working with you. You are warmly invited to contact me.