Our facilitators are some of the most experienced business people in corporate and applied improvisation training in Australia. We work full time in the corporate world — not just as facilitators — and have done so for many years, utilising improvisation’s lessons and techniques in countless organisations.
We develop all of our programmes in–house, based on our ongoing research, which we then customise for each of our clients. We even published a book on it.
Look beyond team bonding, speech writing, “yes, and” and the funny closer for the company away day. Contact us and let us design a programme that will take your business to the next level, with real outcomes that don’t end the minute we leave your premises.
Improvisation is a business skill
Well, not specifically. Improvisation improves the ability of individuals and teams — including entire organisations — to adapt to fast changing requirements and environments. Improvisation is a life skill, that’s also very suited to use in work environments. Whether it be in technical professions — such as engineering or construction for example — or in back office or leadership roles, the ability to respond immediately to new potentially unknown impulses with a high degree of expertise can mean the difference between success and failure. Because while you may not yet be using improvisation, your competitors might well be.
Why we’re different
Our customised programmes highlight how improvisation actually works in the brain, and how to harness and optimise that ability. Sure, we run exercises in our workshops like our competitors do, but the difference is that we detail the underlying mechanics of each exercise, how it directly manipulates the brain, and how to use that knowledge and practice going forward. There’s nothing worse than being lead in a team workshop exercise in say rhyming and associating words for example, and then not getting a detailed explanation — aside from a few buzzwords — of what it’s doing and why you’re doing it.
We don’t take our comedy improv practice and wrap it in a corporate workshop as is often the case with this kind of work. Our workshops are built from scratch by us for improvisation and related domains first, and our comedy improv practice and school is instead built on top of that.
It’s all about the buzzwords
Knowing who is best to take your team through improvisation and related skills can be difficult. If you don’t know how improvisation actually works, how can you know which company will do the best job?
Maybe it’s as simple as whoever uses the best buzzwords? OK, so here’s some buzzords.
- Improvisation is the use of presence to spontaneously tap into a trained expertise. That’s our definition by the way, so any similar quote originally came from us. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with the odd bit of bragging.
- Divergent thinking. This is actually the technical name for thinking outside the box. Yes we teach that, but we also teach what it is, what it means, how to works, and how to make it better.
- Creativity. Improvisation doesn’t make you creative, because creativity isn’t a single skill. However improvisation does greatly assist with what is often referred to as the incubation, intimation and illumination phases of creativity, which were originally proposed by creativity pioneer Graham Wallas. Domain expertise is internalised and modelled by the unconscious, and many of the skills which contribute to the improvisation process — not improvisation per se —, also expedite the analysis and problem solving aspects of that expertise. Basically, it’s crazy science stuff which we make easy to understand in our workshops.
- Presentation and public speaking skills. It’s all about performance, by being engaging, comfortable, confident and taking advantage of the science behind theatre and communication. Well, it’s also about emotion, mirror neurons, priming and other science, but that’s a workshop worth right there.