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The key to improvisation is the “Yes! And…” principle, which teaches us to actively listen to each other’s ideas and add value to them.

When we support each other in this way, we are more engaged, collaborative, and creative.  We not only achieve more together, we enjoy doing so!

Imagine what your business could achieve if everyone…

  • Supported and trusted everyone else
  • Was fully engaged at work
  • Felt more empowered to add value
  • Made decisions with speed and conviction
  • Was more adaptable to changes

5 Fundamentals of Improv For business

Companies that train with us learn to integrate these 5 key principles of improvisation into their culture to improve their business outcomes.

1) Perform as an ensemble

Always “have each others’ backs.” Great ensembles utilize the divergent strengths of the individual while putting the needs of the team first. Each member trusts that they will be supported by everyone else.

2) Think or say, “Yes! And…”

Treat every idea and action as a gift to create a growth mindset.  This simple phrase has immense power to quickly improve interpersonal communications and cultivate a culture in which ideas flow freely.

3) Take Action

Take bold decisive action in each moment to succeed under pressure. Quiet your inner critic and “think on your feet.” Commit and follow-through. If you don’t believe in your idea why will anyone else?

4) Be flexible

Take every opportunity to step outside your comfort zone. Be open to learn from mistakes and flexible to adapt to changes.

5) Find the Joy

Celebrate every success and laugh whenever possible. People love to laugh and humor and playfulness puts everyone at ease and breaks down barriers.  In fact, we don’t teach people to make jokes.  We help them discover the humor and joy by practicing the first 4 principles.

It’s time to say “Yes! And…”

to the most engaging, challenging, and memorable method for

  • Breaking down silos and building connections
  • Improving interpersonal communications
  • Building more effective and collaborative teams
  • Developing more courageous and compelling leadership
  • Fostering creativity and sparking innovation

… all while laughing and having a ton of fun.


Look who’s saying, “Yes! And…” with us



Our president said it was the best retreat, bar none…

Finest City Improv managed to turn a group of attorneys into funny folks, as we improvised our way through challenges, bonding as a team along the way. The Finest City Improv team was so thoughtful and helpful in planning our custom workshop. Our president said it was the best retreat, bar none, that he had ever attended for any organization.

Jan Rieger, Board Member, San Diego County Bar Foundation

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2014-06-27T14:43:39+00:00

Jan Rieger, Board Member, San Diego County Bar Foundation

Finest City Improv managed to turn a group of attorneys into funny folks, as we improvised our way through challenges, bonding as a team along the way. The Finest City Improv team was so thoughtful and helpful in planning our custom workshop. Our president said it was the best retreat, bar none, that he had ever attended for any organization.

Important communication lessons for the workplace in a fun and intuitive fashion…

[The Finest City workshop was a] great way to use improv techniques to deliver important communication lessons for the workplace in a fun and intuitive fashion - I highly recommend.

Toby Richardson, VP, Informatics, Synthetic Genomics

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2014-06-10T11:53:53+00:00

Toby Richardson, VP, Informatics, Synthetic Genomics

[The Finest City workshop was a] great way to use improv techniques to deliver important communication lessons for the workplace in a fun and intuitive fashion - I highly recommend.

We were so impressed with our workshop from start to finish.

We were so impressed with our workshop from start to finish. The Finest City Improv team was so thoughtful and helpful in planning our custom workshop. We loved the variety of exercises to get us all working together. It was exactly what we needed!

Tana Lorah, Kaiser Permanente

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2014-06-27T14:52:33+00:00

Tana Lorah, Kaiser Permanente

We were so impressed with our workshop from start to finish. The Finest City Improv team was so thoughtful and helpful in planning our custom workshop. We loved the variety of exercises to get us all working together. It was exactly what we needed!

Fantastic team-building activity

Thank you Finest City Improv for the fantastic team-building activity for San Diego City College's Life Sciences Department. Not only was the workshop lots of fun for all who attended, it also allowed faculty and staff to bond while working on effective communication skills via improv games. I look forward to working with you again in the future!

Erin Rempala, San Diego City College

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2016-02-05T12:45:08+00:00

Erin Rempala, San Diego City College

It allowed faculty and staff to bond while working on effective communication skills via improv games

We elevated our game…

We couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon! Our custom workshop focused on working as a team and how we can best build off each other’s ideas. Finest City Improv directly related all their lessons to our GoPro brand, and through the magic of improvisation we elevated our game.

Jeff Youel, GoPro

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2014-07-07T00:09:18+00:00

Jeff Youel, GoPro

Finest City Improv directly related all their lessons to our GoPro brand, and through the magic of improvisation we elevated our game.

Recommend this spirited collaboration for any team

Our team loved the opportunity to come together and play in a creative and supportive environment. Our teachers will definitely use the “Yes! And…” concept while working with their middle school aged students. We were thrilled with the experience and would recommend this spirited collaboration for any team that is looking to infuse laughter into their work space.

John Goodwin, School Director

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2018-08-27T13:14:15+00:00

John Goodwin, School Director

Our team loved the opportunity to come together and play in a creative and supportive environment. Our teachers will definitely use the “Yes! And…” concept while working with their middle school aged students. We were thrilled with the experience and would recommend this spirited collaboration for any team that is looking to infuse laughter into their work space.

We had such an awesome time!

Kat and Amy were full of energy and excitement with our group, what I loved most was their ability to get the team engaged. Everyone participated and the end result was a room filled with confident sales people who had just finished a bunch of activities they would normally never participate in. I would highly recommend their workshop to other companies who want to have fun while they work!

Mike Losness, Director of Field Sales, Reef

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2017-11-08T12:34:14+00:00

Mike Losness, Director of Field Sales, Reef

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Kat and Amy were full of energy and excitement with our group, what I loved most was their ability to get the team engaged. Everyone participated and the end result was a room filled with confident sales people who had just finished a bunch of activities they would normally never participate in. I would highly recommend their workshop to other companies who want to have fun while they work!

Rave Reviews from WD-40 Employees

Wow! Within just a couple of hours, Amy and Kat had our team open, trusting and ready to move forward with positive communication and relationship building skills. We received rave reviews from our tribe members (employees) and created a significant shift in our mindset as it relates to positive communication. The “Yes.. And” was especially powerful as well all of the stimulating activities that got us out of chairs, out of our comfort zones and on the path towards self-awareness and development. Bravo Finest City and we will definitely request a repeat performance!

Joanne Lamb
Americas HR Manager, WD-40 Company

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2016-05-25T13:53:11+00:00

Joanne Lamb
Americas HR Manager, WD-40 Company

Wow! Within just a couple of hours, Amy and Kat had our team open, trusting and ready to move forward with positive communication and relationship building skills. We received rave reviews from our tribe members (employees) and created a significant shift in our mindset as it relates to positive communication. The “Yes.. And” was especially powerful as well all of the stimulating activities that got us out of chairs, out of our comfort zones and on the path towards self-awareness and development. Bravo Finest City and we will definitely request a repeat performance!

I asked how many would do it again and they all raised their hands!

When my team realized I had scheduled a teambuilding that involved Improv, there were a lot of surprised and very nervous looks. I asked the team after the session was over how many were afraid at the beginning and 50% raised their hands. I then asked how many would do it again and they all raised their hands! This teambuilding was a great mix of bringing the team together and providing training on leadership tools and awareness. The learnings will be immediately impactful. The instructors were high energy and did a great job of making it fun, engaging and educational.
Darwin Richardson, VP Compliance
Ajinomoto Bio Pharma Services
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2019-02-02T16:58:37+00:00
Darwin Richardson, VP Compliance
Ajinomoto Bio Pharma Services
I asked the team after the session was over how many were afraid at the beginning and 50% raised their hands. I then asked how many would do it again and they all raised their hands!

Their keynote knocked it out of the park!

Finest City Improv was anything but traditional in their keynote presentation. They had our large group up on their feet utilizing the principles of improvisation right away. We will not hesitate to work with Amy and Kat again, as our team is already taking to the “Yes! And…” philosophy that was taught in the presentation. They knocked it out of the park!

Solomon Poretsky, EVP of Organizational Development, Sperry Van Ness International

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2016-03-18T16:36:02+00:00

Solomon Poretsky, EVP of Organizational Development, Sperry Van Ness International

They knocked it out of the park!

These exercises build confidence in a group and for each individual.

I loved the improv class. I thought it was very funny and it was a great team experience. I think from a business and professional stand point it was really good too as we discovered some issues with brainstorming and some people not getting their voices heard. Amy was great and made everyone feel comfortable. These exercises build confidence in a group and for each individual.

Charlotte Lambert, SEER Interactive

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2014-06-10T11:46:01+00:00

Charlotte Lambert, SEER Interactive

I loved the improv class. I thought it was very funny and it was a great team experience. I think from a business and professional stand point it was really good too as we discovered some issues with brainstorming and some people not getting their voices heard. Amy was great and made everyone feel comfortable. These exercises build confidence in a group and for each individual.

I saw my heart-based entrepreneurs’ creativity and imagination come to life!

"In just one workshop, I saw my heart-based entrepreneurs’ creativity and imagination come to life! They were transformed! “Yes And” thinking has become part of our lexicon and is the start for truly prosperous action.”

-Mary Morrissey, Life Mastery Institute

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2015-08-20T13:52:29+00:00

-Mary Morrissey, Life Mastery Institute

Mary Morrissey
"In just one workshop, I saw my heart-based entrepreneurs’ creativity and imagination come to life! They were transformed! “Yes And” thinking has become part of our lexicon and is the start for truly prosperous action.”

Days after we were still talking about the experience!

The staff at Finest City Improv hit it out of the park on all counts. They customized a workshop that was fun, informative, and engaging. We walked away from the workshop a more cohesive team and inspired to take that energy back to our own respective teams. Days after the workshop my key managers were still talking about their experience and applying what they learned to their daily work.

AJ Antun- President, Art Institute of San Diego

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2015-09-08T12:08:06+00:00

AJ Antun- President, Art Institute of San Diego

The staff at Finest City Improv hit it out of the park on all counts. They customized a workshop that was fun, informative, and engaging. We walked away from the workshop a more cohesive team and inspired to take that energy back to our own respective teams. Days after the workshop my key managers were still talking about their experience and applying what they learned to their daily work.

How It Works


Prepare


In every workshop we teach, we create a learning lab environment where every participant feels supported and able to take risks.

Since learning happens best when we are just slightly out of our comfort zones, our facilitators constantly monitor the comfort level for each person in the room and ensure they find success just outside of their comfort zone. We pay close attention to introverts and help create space for them in a room of extroverts.

No one is expected or encouraged to be funny, but everyone will be laughing a lot – and everyone loves to laugh.

We can then begin to teach everyone to think and act with an improvisational mindset using the 5 fundamentals (above) and discuss how to apply these skills to their work immediately.

Play


Improv games (or exercises) are introduced at various levels of difficulty, concentration, and risk-taking so we can start at a comfortable level and quickly adjust to meet the team where they are currently at.

Each game we facilitate is chosen to match your team and your goals and each has a few simple rules plus a point of concentration. Just like basketball or any other team sport, the point of concentration is a single focus the group shares towards achieving a goal, just like getting a ball in a basket as many times as possible within a time limit.

This familiar game structure helps participants let go of thoughts of “what might be”, “what ought to be”, or “what will make me look good.” Everyone practices being “in the moment”, collaborating as a group, and laughing at our “mistakes” while working to achieve the shared goal.

Apply


Most importantly, after each game, we spend ample time debriefing the experience and applying it to real-world challenges or goals.

Our facilitators aren’t just actors or comedians, they have real experience in business and are highly adept at helping participants discover connections between the skills each game builds and their everyday work lives.


Our facilitators are talented improvisers and teachers with a wealth of experience in other fields such as business, law, marketing, and leadership.Meet Our Team


 

Our workshops aren’t for everyone.

While everyone can benefit from practicing improvisation for business (and life), our programs are best for organizations that recognize they have untapped talent amongst them and with more spirited collaboration and fresh challenges will be more engaged at work and accomplish more amazing things together for the business.

We partner with companies that value a culture of idea sharing and risk taking and know that “culture eats strategy for lunch.” These companies don’t settle for “the way we’ve always done it” and are constantly looking for innovative ways to adapt to the changing business landscape.

If this is you, we want to work with you to help you achieve every “stretch goal” you’ve set and increase your bottom line using the power of improvisation for business.

Our trainings are best for

  • Employees that dread the thought of another 3-hour PowerPoint presentation.
  • Teams that want to be engaged and challenged.
  • Managers that want to see meaningful changes in the mindsets of their team members.
  • HR executives that want to know they are getting the greatest ROI for their training dollars.
  • Businesses that know that taking risks is essential to getting ahead.

If the thought of a few hours of on-your-feet learning and lively discussion about trust, communications, and collaborations causes your team members to call in sick, our workshops might not be a great fit for your culture (and also might be exactly what you need).

Improvisation truly challenges people to be authentic, vulnerable, and participate fully in the team activity.  And, that’s what we’ll bring to your team.

Have questions or want to book a workshop? Call us at (619) 306-6047 or email us to get started.

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Try our introductory team building workshop

Improv training creates greater inter-dependence within team members and creates a wonderful sense of value of others’ ideas, and true belief in the power of the group. A 2014 survey by the American Psychological Association shows that “whether or not employees feel valued is a huge differentiation. 92% of employees who feel valued say they’re satisfied with their job compared with 29% of those who don’t feel valued.”

Build trust and support with the principles of improvisation. We guarantee your team will be inspired and collaborating more effectively in just one two-hour session!

2-HOUR INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM IS JUST $850 FOR 10 PEOPLE PLUS UP TO 8 ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS AT $45 EACH. Workshops take place at our Hillcrest area training center or at your local San Diego office. For customized or larger workshops please contact us.

  • LAUGHTER-FILLED SESSIONS WHERE YOU RELEASE STRESS AND HAVE FUN.
  • TEAM BONDING THAT’S UNIQUE, MEANINGFUL, AND INCREDIBLY VALUABLE.
  • SEE EACH OTHER IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT AND BUILD MORE TRUST AND SUPPORT IN YOUR ORGANIZATION.

Once your group completes our Connect+Humor workshop we have more great programs including Communication Tune-up and Spirited Collaboration workshops that build on the skills you’ve learned previously.

We also create customized programs for companies, conferences, and retreats as well as keynote presentations and corporate entertainment. Contact us for a free consultation.  

Have questions or want to book a workshop? Call us at (619) 306-6047 or email us to get started.