Improv Exercise: “Group storytelling.” The leader points to player #1, who begins creating a story. After a couple of sentences, the leader points to player #2, who has to continue the story without hesitation. This procedure continues with all the other players in the group, usually standing in a circle. There may three or more go arounds, depending on the size of the group, before the leader ends the story.
Corporate Insight: Accept what is brought to the table and build on it. This kind of suspension of thinking isn’t important, but sometimes it can get in the way. Exercising “yes and” builds optimism and creates a positive, more constructive perspective.
Improv Principle: “Agree, copy, heighten.” When in doubt, just agree with your partner and copy what they are doing. Once you have agreed with one another, take it to the next level and heighten the situation. This creates trust and a platform for great ideas to build on each other.
"We thoroughly enjoyed the training put on by your group! I think most of us were very nervous at the thought of improv and you all made it so much fun. I have never received so much positive feedback on a training. Your group kept us up and moving and will truly make an impact on how we interact with each other and our customer. Thank you again for an awesome training!"
Account Executive Customer Business Development
North Florida/South Georgia
Procter and Gamble
Traditional training methods provide information that affects what the learner knows but may not automatically change a behavior. Creating change is about breaking a pattern and replacing it with a new way of thinking. Improv-based learning helps individuals break patterns in order to respond in new ways and influences others to do the same.
Improv Exercise: “So how do you know each other?” Two players create characters and a scene where they describe how they met. They have to agree with each other as they make up their collective history.
Insight: Respect what your partner has created. You won’t agree with everything you hear. No matter. The benefit of this kind of exercise is developing an open mind, an environment in which ideas thrive and innovation is welcome.
There are many other examples of how to apply improv techniques to building the organization team. For each training, we tailor theater games to your specific needs. Contact us at (912) 659-4383 to discuss your needs for our services.
Good businesses are built on good relationships, both inside and outside the company. Good relations rely on good communication. ImprovHub provides individuals with skills to improve communication within and without the organization. These skills lead to efficiency. innovation and growth, which leads to a better business.
Improv Exercise: “Physical Agree Copy Heighten”: one player begins doing physical movement, second player copies movement, and third player exaggerates movement.
Corporate Insight: Agreement is a major building block in the realm of brainstorming/problemsolving/
creating. When there is agreement, there is trust and the space to not be
perfect. Great ideas arise from this platform.
Improv Principle: “Yes and.” This is the second rule of improv. After you agree, you add something of your own that builds in a positive way on what you’ve just heard.
Sample improv principles/exercises/ insights
Improv Principle: “Agree.” This is the first rule of improvisation. Always agree and SAY YES. When you’re improvising, this means you are required to agree with whatever your partner has created and vice versa.