Great conversations, better relationships
Improv trains effective communication skills because it shines a light on the interactions we have every-day, and the pitfalls that can occur within them. Communications skills, when it comes down to it, are basically about having great conversations. Conversations ARE improvisational. So, improvisation is a great place to look for insights into how to do make our conversations fly.
- Do the members of your team listen actively to others?
- Do they display empathy and operate with emotional intelligence?
- Do they accept and build on the ideas of others?
- Do they use storytelling to connect to their audience?
- Do they build rapport quickly, communicate with humour and authenticity?
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What You’ll Learn
Active listening skills:
Listen to understand, to build empathy and make others feel heard.
Learn how non-verbal and verbal ‘offers’ can build or sap trust in a team.
Make your messages clear and concise so that your ideas land.
Engage with story:
Connect with others using the power of storytelling.
Communicate as a human being, without jargon and buzzwords.
How to give feedback effectively but sensitively.
Other takeaways include
- How to own a room with your own authentic charisma.
- How to read a room and understand other people’s non-verbal ‘offers,’ such as body language.
- Collaborating closely as an ensemble.
- Break out of siloes and share best practices.
- Helping introverts speak up in meetings. (And helping extroverts give them the chance!)
- Embrace vulnerability when you communicate to create connection and role model a healthy relationship with failure.
Listening and effective communication skills
Listening skills are crucial in the workplace. Whether you are listening to a colleague, listening to a client or listening to a sales prospect, listening is the foundation of effective communication.
Improv training offers a brilliant, effective and fun framework to teach active listening and communication skills. Because the exercises we use are essentially a microcosm of the conversations your staff will have every-day, and, simply put, through repeatedly playing these games your staff will become better listeners. After-all: practice makes perfect!
Resources to help with communication skills
- How to make a personal impact when meeting someone
- Having charisma and presence in public speaking
- How to have confidence in public speaking
- How to overcome the fear of public speaking
- How to talk like TED
- Why I decided to complement my MBA with improv training
- Business Improv
- Improv techniques for business
- Facilitator Interviews
- Client and Student Interviews
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.