Business Improv: FAQ
The Maydays offer world-class corporate improv training and tour the world to deliver it to organisations of all sizes. We answer your FAQs here…
There is no down time. There is no padding. We aim for 100% interactive improv learning.
We believe that our Maydays Corporate Training Experiences are the most concentrated training format out there. This is because there is simply no down time in our programmes and we reserve an absolute minimum amount of time during sessions for preamble, contextualisation or other padding devices. We thereby optimise the experiential learning and give our clients more of it.
Whatever your specific objectives and desired outcomes, the underlying principle will be to bring everyone in the room into the moment, focussed, listening and in a heightened state of awareness. We achieve this be first creating a totally safe and non-judgemental collaborative space. The quick-paced and often hilarious experiential activities transport people safely out of their preconceptions, comfort zones, habits and fixed thought patterns, to a place where they can start to interact with colleagues in new and refreshing ways. The longer the session, the more this approach is embedded, and the more profound its long-term effects will be.
People are often amazed to find out that a good two-thirds of The Maydays consider themselves to be introverted. Improvisation in many ways transcends that, and when we run a session, we play to the introverts in the room. Usually they come out with the funniest stuff, and the value of the quietest member of the team becomes apparent to everyone. So yes, improv works particularly well with introverts. And that doesn’t mean we’re trying to get introverts to pop out the other end of the training as extroverts. No, we like them as they are, we respect that and we work with them at their own level of comfort.
No. A great question. But no.
When we’re planning a session for you, we’ll probably be drawing on around 150 different experiential, dynamic improvisation exercises, each of which could have up to ten different permutations depending on the desired focus. The more you can share with us about your organisation, your current challenges and opportunities, your culture and organisational development goals, the more we can adapt and fine-tune our offering to meet your needs.
Even our pure improv training (where we teach you about the transferable skills of improv and where you need to tell us very little in advance) follows a number of tried and tested principles and progressions which we’ve honed over many years.
Having a plan and an approach though doesn’t mean we don’t adapt it on the day. We do. We have very high levels of adaptability and flexibility, and it’s only when we’re in the room with your delegates that we’ll be able to apply our final level of adaptation – adapting to the mood in the room on the day. That is improvisation at its best, but we are drawing very deeply on past experiences, a long track record and hefty client list.
• the emergent characteristics and personality types within the group
• the mood in the room on the day
develop very specific skillsets which more orthodox ‘do as I say’ didactic training approaches simply cannot reach.