Business Improv Course: Flexibility & Agility

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Beyond the endless planning and process there is a growing need for organisations to demonstrate agility and flexibility to stay ahead.

As part of the process of organisational change, there is a default reaction to stick to what’s known, or even an inability to know what agile thinking actually feels like. So what if The Maydays gave you a format where the only option is to be flexible, when everything takes place in the moment, and there is nothing but fast, creative thinking to fall back on?

What to Expect

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Improv lives in the unknown.  The space between uncertainty and achievement.  It is becoming comfortable with inhabiting this space that allows us to practise agility, active mindfulness and trust.  We have decades of experience putting together a session that will target the ability to think on your feet and remain calm when all around you seems to be falling apart.

The good news is that you don’t need to be a ‘quick thinker’ or ‘funny’.  Improv allows anyone, regardless of their abilities or fears to experience different scenarios, try out different aspects of their personalities and learn to listen, trust and play.

Being flexible really means staying in the moment and being receptive to new ideas and offers.  Dealing with uncertainty has never been more important than in these unpredictable times.  Make sure you and your people are prepared for change by practising through Improv Training

Who would benefit from this Training Course?

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Anyone who works in changeable situations.  In meetings, conferences, sales calls or in volatile corporate environments we need to be able to keep a cool head and think clearly.  Improv for Flexibility and Agility is the perfect training for those who want to have the edge in stressful situations, be the one who can provide solutions in a crisis and be part of innovative creative partnerships or entrepreneurs.

Typical Take Outs

People who have taken this course report a very wide range of responses and learning experiences.  Here are some of the most common outcomes.

  • Retain your lucidity and calmness of mind, however uncertain the environment

  • Expand your mental agility and bring creative thought to daily tasks

  • Learn how to overcome your usual reactions by being resolutely ‘in the moment’

  • Work collaboratively in a team when everyone is under pressure

  • 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

It can be difficult to choose the right course for your needs.  The good news is that Improv Training is a great way to reinvigorate, challenge and celebrate people, even if you have no specific outcome in mind.  That said, we have grouped our courses into categories so you can find the right session for your needs.  If you have something else in mind, or simply want to talk to an expert then do get in touch and one of our highly experienced facilitators will get back to you to discuss your needs.  We also have plenty of experience designing bespoke sessions for different industries, roles and skills. We also have a range of CPD Certified generic improv courses to choose from.

Here are some of the categories of Improv Courses that you might find useful.

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Improv training provides the perfect environment for team building.  Improv allows your team to play together, celebrate success and failure, practise listening and take risks, all in a safe space.  Improv training creates memorable and funny interactions and allows people to explore themselves, be vulnerable and to encourage others to step outside their comfort zone.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Team Building here.

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We love when the CEO is in the room participating with everyone else in the company.  It shows honesty, openness and can generate new relationships and interactions effortlessly.  We have also delivered training to a room full of CEOs as a high-powered challenge to shake off old habits and find new ways to respond and create in the moment.  Improv Training provides insights at any level and can help to realign your opinion of those you work with, and yourself.  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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Improv at a conference can be used at the very start of day as an energiser; throughout the day as a way of keeping people focussed and engaged, or at the end of a conference as a celebration of the day.  We can provide short, sharp, attention grabbing games or a fully improvised performance as a treat for your delegates.  Find out more about Improv for Conferences and Summits 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 this is your first time using Improv Training in your business, this is a great place to start.  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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It is always good to shake up the existing hierarchies and roles of an existing team, or throw a new team a challenge and see how they respond.  Traditional team building exercises have focussed on the challenging element of their activities for many year.  Improv Training delivers this challenge, but in the safe, non-judgemental space created by our expert facilitators.  We are not looking to humiliate or defeat people, we want everyone, even the most introverted to have their moment to shine.  Dressed up as a challenge, our CPD accredited course is really a celebration of being human.  Find out more about our challenge course here

Business Improv Games for Flexibility and Agility

There are as many ways to deliver, practise and perform improvisation as there are people to do it.  Over the decades of work with businesses, we have found a number of core techniques and improv games that really seem to bring out the best in people, create a vibrant environment and allow people to explore their comfort zones without fear of judgement.  Sometimes you may want a quick refresher, or can’t get in an expert.  We have compiled brief descriptions of our favourite business improv games for you to use at your leisure.  Warning though – it won’t be the same without the Maydays guiding and coaching, encouraging and cajoling!  Here are some Improv games suitable for Flexibility and Agility

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Brighton is one of the most popular away day locations in the country and for good reason.  Not only is it the original home of The Maydays (we still perform every month at The Komedia), but you have access to world class event hosting, restaurants, entertainment and you can go for a dip in the sea when it’s all done.  We have our own training studio right next to the iconic i360 viewing tower so you can enjoy your improv training as part of a memorable day out.  Find out more about how you can get world class Business Improv Training in Brighton here…

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While we originated in Brighton, most of our trainers now deliver from London.  We have access to many great spaces for your group and can tailor your experience to your group and your budget.  We teach many public courses in London but we can provide bespoke business improv courses in London to bring the unique experience to you.  Find out how you can access Business Improv Training in London here…

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The UK is renowned as a centre of excellence for business and business training.  Many people will travel to the UK for the improv training that we provide at The Maydays.  Whether it is at one of our Improv Residential Festivals, out of our studio in Brighton, in London, or anywhere else in the UK, find out why so many companies are using Improv Training to turbocharge their employees.  Find out more about Improv in the UK here…

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We have a very strong reputation across Europe, the USA and Worldwide with a large network of Improvisers and trainers across the world.  If we can, we like to send our core team to deliver your improv training course, but we can always reach out to our associates across the world to find a trainer that is closer to you, or who better understands the culture, language and business wherever you are.  Improv training is now truly a worldwide phenomena and The Maydays play a key role in connecting with Improv Companies across the globe.  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

Courses for Business in Different Locations