IG partners with The Making-Box for Improv for Business workshops

Jan 21, 2015 | Events

In February and March, Innovation Guelph is collaborating with The Making-Box, Guelph’s burgeoning hub for live comedy and education through improvisation, to offer interactive Improv for Business workshops.

Open to the greater business community, the workshops will explore what theatrical improvisers do and how it applies to the workplace and business today. Each session will be led by Jay Reid, a local improv expert and founder of The Making-Box.

“It’s a common misconception that improvised theatre or ‘improv’ is a study of comedy. Improv teaches us an incredibly refined method of active listening, connecting and responding that fosters trust, effective communication and a pro-active approach to challenges,” says Reid. “When improv techniques are executed effectively on stage, improv may seem too good to be true. When business people adopt an improv-mindset the results can be equally as profound: trust is heightened, engagement flourishes, mistakes turn to opportunities and smiles abound. We make plans, things change. We’re improvising everyday which makes learning to improvise well a critical business skill.”

Entrepreneurs, startup founders and business professionals will learn how to manage change, boost morale, foster engagement and create memorable team and customer experiences – all tools that are essential in contemporary workplaces, and in life.

What People Are Saying About Improv for Business

I do a lot of facilitation with business so this was very helpful workshop for me. Improv For Business offers really helpful skills when I’m in the swirl of a day to bring me back to where I need to be. Improv For Business was enlightening, very helpful and I want to learn more!” 

Heather Watt-Kapitain, KAP Design

“Thank you so much for opening the window to improv. As a marketing company we work a lot with the outside world, with our clients and other players in the community. We’ll become better communicators if we master improv a little bit better every day. There are so many people who can benefit from it!”

Stefan Wiesen, Intrigue Media

“The mental aerobics really stretch me to really think on feet! I loved your message of listening and leading. The importance of listening and how important that is so we can get that connection and trust as well as information, so we can then decide what we can do next!”

Wendy MacDonald, Motivation Speaker and Parenting Coach at Compassionate Solutions

What You’ll Learn

Limited to 20 participants each, our “Listening and Leading” sessions will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on February 24 and March 10 at Innovation Guelph.

Like most, you might assume that the best improvisers are the most extraverted and attention-grabbing individuals. However, this is not the case. The best improvisers are actually the best listeners. We spend roughly a quarter of our waking-life listening, yet we rarely practice this essential skill.

As business people we need to listen to our teammates, our customers and the market to establish trust and find the information we need to create value. In this workshop, we’ll use improv exercises to sharpen our ability to listen: the basis of great improvisation and effective leadership.

Register below, or learn more at http://improvforbusinessguelph.eventbrite.ca