What does making up a comedy show possibly have in common with business? Allow me to start by putting you in the shoes of an improviser. Imagine you are standing on stage in front of dozens of people. They are all there because they desire something from you… in this case, to be entertained. What they expect is something wonderful and they want it right away. Now, if you look around the stage you’ll see there are no sets or props and by the way you don’t have a script. What you have are your teammates. You’re all in this … Read More
Excited to be mentioned in the June issue of Entrepreneur Magazine! “Make it up!” is one of three tips for snapping out of the creativity rut. Our client San Diego Trading Company is used as the example of someone doing this successfully with the help of our improv at work training. Get your staff saying “Yes! And…” rather than “yeah… but….” with improv training.
Brittany Meiling of the San Diego Business Journal sat down with us a few weeks ago to talk comedy and team building. In her piece for the San Diego Business Journal, she explains how our corporate team building programs are unique and effective. We were especially pleased to see our friends and clients from San Diego Trading Company and ensemble member Jacob Bruce, quoted in her story!
Why do improvisers say “Yes! And…” all the time? For decades, improvisers have been studying and practicing the best techniques for creating action from unlimited possibilities to “create something wonderful right away.” When we begin a scene we have absolutely no idea what is going to happen. We simply get a suggestion from the audience for inspiration and we just begin acting. And acting, by definition, is doing. We make a single choice or “offer” and build on it over and over again. In effect, we are rapid prototyping on stage! We do this every single show and never run out of … Read More
December is always filled with end of the year lists, and one of my favorites is always the “best places to work” lists. However you cut it—San Diego based, international and everything in between—these businesses share two very important traits: great culture and great success. Congratulations to two of our clients CDC Small Business Finance and Kaiser for gaining spots on San Diego Business Journal’s Best Places to Work! This lesson isn’t exactly new, the old adage “culture eats strategy for lunch” has been heard in B-schools for years. Every “best place to work” knows how important it is to bring smart … Read More
What is around you? Right now. What do you notice? At this very moment. How valuable is this all? I’ll wait… As improvisers, we aim to let go of our agendas and “notice more.” We practice being fully present so we can notice what is happening in every moment as we build scenes. We look for every offer, pick up on tiny changes in body language, and listen for shades of meaning. Everything we notice we honor and use in our scenes, because everything we need is found right here in the moment. This past weekend I joined about 200 … Read More