Why I decided to complement my MBA with improvisation theatre training in London
The following is an extract from an article written by Sabine Rutili, who has taken a variety of Hoopla’s improv courses.
She summarises the benefits of improv in a business setting very well.
“So, how does improvisation theatre relate to life in business? It is very easy. Our world is getting more and more complex a day after another. On the other hand, societal changes have contributed to the development of an increasingly diverse workforce. Great stuff, because to cope and keep up with the pace, businesses must resort to individuals capable of bringing to the table a variety of skill sets, different ways of doing and ways of thinking – much more than it used to be the case a few generations ago. Organisations can’t escape diversity and even more so, they need to understand how to effectively practise inclusion within a diverse world. Those organisations whose managers are unable to crack the codes of inclusion are going to hit the wall – take it from a trained veterinarian; selection of the fittest businesses applies here and it is deadly.
As a result, what is there not to love about improvisation theatre when it trains at low cost those essential leadership skills in the funniest way possible? It’s time for many organisations to stop speaking fluff and to start jumping on the stage!”
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.