Client and Student Interviews
Hoopla facilitator and teacher Liam Brennan interviewed a diverse range of Hoopla clients and students to ask how they’ve applied improv into their work life and businesses. Here’s what they had to say.
Richy K. Chandler: Writer, Illustrator, Comic Creator
Liam: How has Hoopla impacted you in your professional life?
Richy: Firstly, just the nature of improv encouraging you to focus on listening and responding to your stage partners is a smart way to force yourself to be in the present, giving a little mental break from the stresses of work and life. In my more mindful moments outside of Hoopla workshops I remind myself to focus on the present, which can solve so many issues with the future.
Secondly, very early on in improv training (in my case it was with the amazing Maria Peters), we were encouraged to not worry about mistakes and even to embrace them.
In my day job as a comic creator and illustrator, from time to time I post some of my better work online. Around the same time as starting Hoopla classes in the Autumn of 2017, I was taking part in an online illustration event called Inktober, where creators post a new ink drawing online every day. Rather than carefully mapping the drawings out in pencil first, and making sure they were worthy of public viewing, I decided to just dive in to each ink drawing with no planning and no pencil layouts first. If I made a mistake, then I’d have to adjust the drawing to accommodate it. Some of these ended up being my stronger drawings. Just like in improv, the work which other people would turn out to like wasn’t obvious to me in advance.
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.