team collaboration workshop

You need 100 great ideas before lunch but what you keep hearing is “that won’t work” or “we tried that”.

Your team members are awesome, cooperating to deliver consistent results while working mostly independently.  They accomplish their regular goals and check in with colleagues periodically to report progress and receive new inputs. This usually works fine and everything is running smoothly.

But, could you be accomplishing even more if your team was better at leveraging all of their unique strengths and skills as a unified team? And, what do you do when you are challenged to stretch your revenue target by 15% or capitalize on a major opportunity like growing into a new market?

That’s where your team needs to progress beyond mere cooperation to accomplish goals that are beyond the ordinary.

That’s when you need to practice spirited collaboration.

If like most of our clients, your team is stuck in “cooperation mode” and you are ready to see how improv’s “Yes! And…” mindset can bring spirited collaboration to your workplace, we want to help you accomplish this.

“Teams in today’s workplace are less likely to share knowledge freely, to learn from one another, to shift workloads flexibly to break up unexpected bottlenecks, to help one another complete jobs and meet deadlines, and to share resources—in other words, to collaborate.” (Harvard Business Review)

Something Wonderful…
Right Away!

True collaboration leverages a team’s combined resources, ideas, and talents to achieve ambitious results. That is exactly what we do each time we step on stage to create “something wonderful right away.”
When your team learns to collaborate like an improv team, you will experience:

  • All of your team’s complementary talents being utilized
  • A greater sense of ownership for team goals
  • A greater willingness to take healthy risks and embrace changes
  • More creativity in the face of obstacles and opportunities

How It Works

In this workshop, we don’t teach your team to create comedy. We teach some of the skills we use to improvise entire comedy shows on the spot out of nothing so your team can collaborate to create “100 new ideas before lunch.”

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.

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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 exercise 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.

In this workshop, we focus on exercises designed to get everyone collaborating to solve challenges and create new ideas at the same high level of an improv ensemble.  Participants will practice brainstorming, supporting ideas, adding value, and seeing ideas from unique perspectives.

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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 Spirited Collaboration Workshop creates high-performing collaborative teams.

This workshop is for teams that need to collaborate at a high-level to achieve ambitious results. It’s usually booked by team leaders that know they haven’t fully tapped into the divergent strengths of their entire team and are ready to experience improv’s “Yes! And…” mindset at work.

Learning Outcomes

We’ll train your team members to rise to each major challenge as a collaborative team. In just a few short (and fun) hours, they will learn to:

  • Invest more time in relationship building and the “gift of time”
  • Increase emotional intelligence
  • Develop a growth mindset that is more open to change
  • Create without simultaneously evaluating
  • Look at challenges and situations in unique new ways.
  • Conduct rapid-fire ideation sessions
  • Ensure give and take across status, seniority, and communication styles

Spirited Collaboration is usually taught as a half-day workshop or two 2-hour workshops. Workshops can be held at our North Park area training center or at your office or retreat location. This workshop is usually delivered for groups of 8 to 16 participants.  We will add additional instructors for over 16 participants to ensure everyone is actively learning.  Request a quote for your group and to take advantage of multiple workshop discounts.

We highly recommended that your group complete our Communication Tune-up Workshop before jumping into Spirited Collaboration.  We also offer a 2-hour team building workshop called Connect + Humor. We offer a package discount for two or more workshops.

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

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



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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2015-09-08T12:08:06-07:00

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.

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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2014-06-10T11:46:01-07:00

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.

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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2014-06-27T14:52:33-07:00

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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2016-02-05T12:45:08-07:00

Erin Rempala, San Diego City College

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

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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2015-08-20T13:52:29-07:00

-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.”

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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2018-08-27T13:14:15-07:00

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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2017-11-08T12:34:14-07:00

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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2016-05-25T13:53:11-07:00

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!

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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2014-06-10T11:53:53-07:00

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.

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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2016-03-18T16:36:02-07:00

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

They knocked it out of the park!

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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2014-06-27T14:43:39-07:00

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.

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

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.

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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2019-02-02T16:58:37-07:00
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!

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

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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.

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.