Client and Student Interviews
Amy Barstow: Veterinarian
Liam: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how improv has impacted your work?
Amy: I’m a vet but work teaching vet students. I think all communication skills sessions should now be improv based.
I can see the parallels between the listening skills that we try and teach our vet students and that we use in improv. I also think that it would help our students to play pet owners, farmers etc to help them think about the point of view and emotions that they may exhibit in different situations.
More broadly I think the confidence you build by getting up and improvising in front of people translates to veterinary consultations too. You don’t know what the animal is going to walk in with and so while you do have to think more in the vet consult mode, you do have to think quickly and give off a professional and confident vibe in your communication.
Finally, vetting is stressful. Improv; for me at least, is a great release from that to just mess around while building on the communication skills, confidence and self esteem that help me in my day to day job.
Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!
We walked away with communication techniques that will stick with us for a lifetime.
The skills you taught them will give them a real competitive edge in the market place.
Inspiring and hugely relevant to how we work.
I’ve used the communication skills learned at Hoopla to attract over $3m in venture capital for my start-up. And had fun doing it!
A smash hit. The feedback has been really amazing.
Improv has helped me to truly listen to what my clients want, understand their problems and then effectively work with others on my team to deliver a concise and consistent message.
My work is about helping clients be more creative and uncover different possibilities and develop them - which improv has really helped with.
Improv has supported my listening and support work for people I represent.
Improv is a great release to just mess around while building on the communication skills, confidence and self esteem that help me in my day to day job.
Really useful for building self confidence and being able to communicate better with people who I was meeting for the first time.
Improv helped me have more faith in myself, particularly in meetings with clients or senior stakeholders. I have more confidence that whatever comes out of my mouth will make sense and be of value.
I think improv makes people kinder to others and themselves. It teaches you to listen, react and support and I think everyone could benefit from more of that individually and collectively.