in improv you must work together as a team to create ideas out of nothing
In improv you must work together as a team to create ideas out of nothing, with no resources apart from each other.
It requires you to trust one another and to collaborate closely, so that the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts. We can teach teams at your organization these same skills.
Four improv principles that allow teams to collaborate well:
- Saying “Yes And”
- Making your Teammate Look Good
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Four principles allow teams to collaborate well:
1. LISTENING AND AWARENESS
In happy, productive teams, team members feel heard and understood. This requires individuals to listen fully to their fellow team members so they can hear their ideas, understand their concerns, and empathise with their unique needs.
Well, the trouble is most of us are actually bad listeners. And we don’t realise it. For many of us the opposite of talking isn’t listening, it’s waiting.
The secret to avoiding the natural human disposition to listen poorly is firstly, self-awareness, and secondly, to train the skill of active-listening and listening without judgement, that is to be entirely present as you listen and not stuck in your own head. Improv offers a brilliant framework to achieve these two objectives.
2. SAYING “YES AND…”
When team-members speak up with an idea, they want to feel heard, understood, valued, and supported.
How do we achieve this?
- We show we have listened to, understood, and appreciated their idea by first being positive about it: saying “yes”.
- We support their idea by building on it: saying “and”.
The opposite to saying “yes, and” is to say “no, but”, thus blocking a team member’s idea in its tracks. This is obviously hugely disheartening and creates an unhelpful culture which is not conducive to collaboration.
3. MAKING YOUR TEAMMATE LOOK GOOD
Improv is all about making your teammate look good. You support them in what they say, and they in turn support you, as you build the story together, piece by piece.
For great stories read great work. Great work is produced by great teams. Star individuals are not sufficient for star teams, but they do thrive in them. If everyone leaves their ego at the door and takes responsibility for making their partners look good, you have the positive atmosphere that creates a culture of collaboration.
Improv is based on collaboration not competition, in an atmosphere of safety, trust and support.
Individuals from any background learn to be present with the group and work offer by offer towards a clear shared goal. Every team member is heard and able to contribute without fear of status, criticism or judgement.
Improvising together in the present moment is a clear way to experience the power and possibilities of team work.
In addition to our main Team Building Training we’re also available for Away Days and Ice Breakers.
Are you after an away day that doesn’t involve paintball or raftbuilding?
We can offer your staff a full or half-day improvised comedy experience where we will get them making up hilarious scenes, games and stories off the top of their heads!
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” Victor Borge
Nothing builds relationships like laughter, and this is what our team building experience is all about. Our workshops are brilliant fun, very energetic and fully immersive. It is an away day that people will talk about in the office for months afterwards.
What’s more: you don’t have to be funny! In fact, trying to be funny can actually be counter-productive to good improvisation because players are more focussed on cracking wise than on listening to their fellow players and developing a story organically.
Participants don’t need any drama, acting, comedy or impro experience whatsoever.
Our teachers are experts at coaching people of all backgrounds and helping them to get stuck in and have some fun. We are always amazed at how shrinking violets turn into confident improvisers by the end of the session, it is our favourite part of what we do. We create a supportive atmosphere of friendliness, excitement and humour that it is almost impossible not to get caught up in.
We can help arrange venues, or come to your venue, and are also flexible enough to fit into pre-existing away days.
We’re flexible enough to come and deliver smaller ice-breaker sessions at conferences & exhibitions, and to add a little light relief to longer training sessions and meetings.
We provide quick energisers that get everyone on their toes, wake people up after lunch, and get everyone talking to each other. We break down barriers between groups and create a warm friendly atmosphere where everyone can meet new people and collaborate.
We’re very flexible on time and can adapt to any event.
We can’t wait to share our passion with your team.