Do your team members rely more on email, messaging, and brief check-ins at staff meetings than face to face communication? This lack of meaningful communication lies at the root of many team problems. It can lead to mistakes, quality problems, conflict, misunderstood needs, and lost opportunities. That’s why it pays to develop team communication skills – the face to face kind!
Develop Interpersonal Communication
In a world of electronic communications, it pays to develop face-to-face communications skills.
As a leader, you will spend less time solving issues of miscommunication and more time working towards your important goals. Everyone will know how to actively listen for understanding so conversations will be more productive and positive. You will even notice less anxiety towards, or outright avoidance of, face to face discussions.
Your team members might even rely less on email, messaging, and other “what did you mean by that?!” apps!
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 so your team can communicate well enough to collaborate like the pros.
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.
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 communicating at the same high level of an improv ensemble. Participants will practice body language, active listening, speaking up when needed, and giving and taking in communications.
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
What you’ll learn (according to past participants!)
A two-hour Communication Tune-up workshop starts at just $1,300 for 10 participants. Workshops take place at our North Park area training center or at your local San Diego office. This workshop is usually delivered for groups of 10 to 18 participants. We will add additional instructors for over 18 participants to ensure everyone is actively learning. Request a quote for larger groups, longer workshops, multiple workshop discounts or out of area locations.
Not sure your group is ready for this? Start with our Connect+Humor Intro Workshop. We guarantee your team will be inspired and collaborating more effectively in just one session!
It is highly recommended that groups complete this workshop before moving on to our Spirited Collaboration Workshop, which builds on the trust, support, and communication skills learned in Connect+Humor and Communication Tune-up.
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
I asked how many would do it again and they all raised their hands!
We were so impressed with our workshop from start to finish.
Tana Lorah, Kaiser Permanente
We elevated our game…
Jeff Youel, GoPro
Their keynote knocked it out of the park!
Solomon Poretsky, EVP of Organizational Development, Sperry Van Ness International
We had such an awesome time!
Mike Losness, Director of Field Sales, Reef
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
Fantastic team-building activity
Erin Rempala, San Diego City College
Important communication lessons for the workplace in a fun and intuitive fashion…
Toby Richardson, VP, Informatics, Synthetic Genomics
Our president said it was the best retreat, bar none…
Jan Rieger, Board Member, San Diego County Bar Foundation
These exercises build confidence in a group and for each individual.
Charlotte Lambert, SEER Interactive
Recommend this spirited collaboration for any team
John Goodwin, School Director
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Americas HR Manager, WD-40 Company
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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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.