Business Improv Course: Engagement at work

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Engagement is crucial when it comes to organisational development.

Whether you need to unify your organisation around a shared vision, mission and values, or have teams work more effectively together towards the same business objectives, it’s possible to build core engagement through improvisation.

When we focus on engagement in improvisation, we think of the willingness to listen to others, to get involved and commit to what’s going on. It joins people together and becomes the reason they get up in the morning.

What to Expect

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When in an Improv scene, game or exercise, the only way to fail is by not joining in.  When we disengage from an activity, it quickly becomes pointless.  Even the most repetitive and meaningless tasks benefit from true engagement and commitment.  There are numerous studies that have shown that happiness is very closely linked to being in the moment.  Here is just one.

In this course you can expect to be aware, involved and reactive to whatever situation, scene or game is happening.  We do not have to force anyone to do this, it is a natural result of the carefully structured session and the atmosphere of collaboration and commitment that we set up.  These levels of engagement really do feed into our everyday work and home lives, with people who improvise regularly reporting that they have longer attention spans and greater ability to focus and engage with the present situation and people around them.

Who would benefit from this Training Course?

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Anyone can benefit from increasing their engagement with their work.  Particularly those who are part of a large team, people who have jobs that are very similar day-to-day, people who have to talk regularly to clients and people who work long hours.

Typical Take Outs

By the end of the session, delegates will have:

  • Experienced significant feelings of team spirit, belonging and engagement
  • Understood the benefits of living and working in the moment and have experienced the techniques that get you there
  • Seen other sides of work colleagues and created new connections and areas of commonality
  • Sharpened their listening skills and focussed, ready to hear some of the messages you have in store
Delivery suggestions

This session can be delivered from 2-16 hours and to groups of 8-60 people.  We like to work in a quiet room with few distractions and invite everyone in the room to participate for the entire session.  There is no need for note-taking as this is a highly experiential workshop and we will give plenty of chance for feedback and discussion throughout the session.

Programme logistics

Delivered with trainee(s) and facilitator(s) together in the same space

Closed group

Designed just for people from your organisation

Geographical location

Can be delivered worldwide

How to book

Contact us to tell us more about your plans and projects. If you have identified a training event already, it would help us to know the date and duration you have in mind, the number of delegates you would like to train and any specific issues you’d like to address. We’ll then arrange a Skype or phone call to go through your details and suggest some solutions. If you like what we have to say we’ll send you a full written proposal within a couple of days.

Related Course Categories

There are many ways we can focus on specific skills that you want to work on.  We have also designed courses that work for different types of people in business, different sectors, or more generic courses for a broader approach.  Improv training is not a one size fits all solution, it is by its very nature a flexible training tool.  We take pride in the fact that we include elements of improvisation in the way we facilitate, steering a session in a particular direction based on the needs of the group or the individuals.  That means we can deal with the range of personalities and roles that turn up on the day and provide a unique group and atmosphere every time.  These course categories are great starting points to get you thinking about what you want to use Improv Training for, but we love to work with you to design something bespoke for your session that will be unique, memorable and have a lasting effect on the participants.

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Discover a range of courses that are ideally suited for people in teams.  Whether you need to bond a new group quickly or shake up the establishment with a new challenge, Improv Workshops provide the ideal environment for change and deep learning.  Team building and Improv go hand-in-hand, find out why for yourself with one of these courses

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For those in positions of high responsibility and authority, it can be hard to relate to the people you manage.  Improv training provides the perfect environment to explore new ways of listening, generating ideas and engendering trust and respect while maintaining authority and inspiring confidence.  Improv courses are a superb way of breaking down existing hierarchies and roles and creating new and memorable ways of interacting.  Whether it is with other high-powered people in your business, or across the whole spectrum of positions, improv training allows you to relax, enjoy yourself and experience something new in a safe environment.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Executives and CEOs here.

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Leaders and managers are in a unique position of having to respond to suggestions from their superiors, and having to deliver those objectives to their teams.  They must be flexible, attentive and trustworthy.  Improv training allows people to experience different situations and different aspects of their own personality in a safe environment.  Find out what your habits are and then find new ways to respond to people that are more effective.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Leaders and Managers here

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Conferences can be tricky situations to keep people engaged and on topic.  It is all too easy to sit at the back and put your listening face on while dreaming of being on the golf course.  Improv can boost the energy of a whole room.  We will get delegates on their feet, participating, laughing and learning, leaving them in a super-receptive state ready for the day.  Find out the range of improv courses we offer for conferences here…

Different Course Levels

Choose the level that is right for you and your team.  We can offer short introductions to Business Improv, right through to an integrated training that is ongoing in your business.  These courses come in 2,3,6,12 and 16 hour formats to suit your needs.

Sometimes you need reassurance that what you are investing in is authentic, and will add value to your company.  That is why The Maydays have been accredited by the CPD Certification Service to provide the highest possible standard of Improvisation Training available.  Most of our courses are CPD Accredited.

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A great place to start to experience the diverse and fascinating world of Improv Training.  This CPD accredited course has been designed to take even the most diverse and recent group or team and take them through the basic tents of improvisation and the benefits of Improv in the business world.  Find out more about the Introduction to Business Improv course here.

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If you want to get straight to the heart of Improv Training,  this CPD accredited course will take you through a finely honed series of exercises, games and skills training to introduce the essential improv skills that apply directly to business.  This course can be tailored to your people if you need to focus on a particular skill, or you can let people find out what resonates with them directly from experiencing Improv Training for the first time.  Find out more about Essential Improv Skills for Business here

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If you are looking to build on other soft skills or improv training you have had in the past then this CPD accredited course will take you through the basics, and on to the rich array of learning, collaboration and celebration that lie at the centre of improv training.  Perfect for working on those soft skills in a fresh way. Find out more about Advanced Improv Skills for Business here

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Build a bridge in 30 minutes, create your workplace out of lego, put on a sumo suit and swim with sharks…traditional team building has relied on a group challenge that encourages working together towards a common goal.  The problem is, it allows people to fall into their well-assigned roles and become caricatures of their usual workplace selves.  Improv Training is different.  This CPD accredited course allows people to find, explore and try out new resources and aspects of their personalities that they would not usually be allowed to use.   Find out more about our challenge course here

Courses for Business in Different Locations

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Brighton has its own unique arts and cultural scene that has grown with the city for decades.  The Maydays are proud to be part of that heritage, having founded the company here in 2004 and taught, performed and facilitated improv in the city ever since.  Many of our local businesses have experienced improv training for themselves and have found that it fits in with their ethos, their drive for innovation and their respect of the value of human relationships to business.  We can provide all that from our own studio space right by the sea.  Find out more about how you can get world class Business Improv Training in Brighton here…

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Discover the magic of Improv Training in England’s bustling and thriving capital city.  We have been delivering our unique brand of Improv Training London for well over 15 years now across a wide array of sectors and companies.  If you are in London, or want to use London as a base for your training, then find out how you can access Business Improv Training in London here…

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Improv Performance and Training is thriving in the UK.  Renowned for it’s cultural and artistic excellence, Improv is following in the tradition of theatre, comedy, dance and the arts in creating a unique and dynamic scene.  Come and experience it for yourself.  Improv is n most cities in the UK now, and if you can’t come to Brighton or London, we can come to you wherever you are in the UK and deliver our world class Improv Training.  Find out more about Improv in the UK here…

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We are proud to be at the forefront of the Improv Revolution that is happening in Europe and across the world.  If you have not heard of it, you will soon.  Improv performance is now available in every major city across the Globe, and if it isn’t then we will come to you to deliver it.  We have delivered at large conferences, or for small teams, at Improv Festivals and cultural events.  Find out what we offer worldwide here…

Other Resources for Improv in Business

Overview of Business Improv Courses from The Maydays – Business Improv

Find out more about what Improv for Business involves – What is Business Improv?

Explore our resource of Improv Games and Exercises – Business Improv Games and Exercises