Business Improv Training Formats

People looking determined while white water rafting

Improv Training can evoke as many different outcomes as there are people who experience it.  We in The Maydays have over a decade of experience providing improv training in a wide array of different environments, for different types of people, sectors and for different skills.  We have developed a range of courses that are suitable for a variety of different needs and you should be able to find a course that suits you below.  We also have a range of more generic courses if you are already aware of the broader benefits of Improv Training for people and businesses.

Here are some of the most popular formats that we love to deliver, and that we continue to develop with each new group of people.  After all, we are improvisers and like to change and adapt to each new situation.

To see our full list of courses, please visit our Business Improv Courses page.

Pure Improv Training

These courses are not focussed on specific outcomes as such, they introduce people to the central tenets of improvisation and how it can help us as human beings and people in business to become more self-aware, adaptable, present and happy.  These courses are all CPD accredited so you can rest assured that you are receiving the best possible quality training available.

Jenny Rowe looking delighted while teaching Improv

This is your first time using improv training.  You are about to find out the wealth of fresh experiences that improv training can offer.  This CPD accredited course will take participants from the starting position of trepidation through to the all-encompassing affirmation of success.  Success in improv is about taking part and supporting those around you.  Find out more about the Introduction to Business Improv course here.

Rebecca MacMillan teaching at The Maydays Improv Festival

This CPD accredited course will show you how the skills used to create spontaneous shows in front of an audience are directly transferable to business.  If business relationships and interaction are important for your business, then improv training can deliver deep, embodied learning and provide a fresh, innovative approach to training.  Find out more about Essential Improv Skills for Business here

the word skills with images coming off it

Whether you have tried Improv Training before, or you feel you are ready to jump straight in at a higher level, this CPD accredited course will take you quickly to the heart of Improv for Business and explore ideas of commitment, listening, trust and agility in a safe and vibrant environment.  A perfect challenge for a team or high performing leaders in your company.  Find out more about Advanced Improv Skills for Business here

a person letting go of a rope swing over a lake

Sometimes you want to throw your team in at the deep end and give them a real challenge.  This CPD accredited course is the highest level challenge we have come up with although we are always happy to push your team even further if you need.  There will be music, performance, even an audience if you need.  We can arrange everything for you so your team just has to show up and experience the thrill of performing in front of their peers, or the general public.  Our first priority is always to make people feel safe and supported so we will guide, help and encourage throughout the process to ensure that everyone, even the introverts, get the opportunity to shine.  Find out more about our challenge course here

Improv Training for Soft Skills

We have found a variety of skills that Improv Training is perfectly suited for.  In our opinion there is no other training that is so versatile and far reaching as Improv Training.  Here are just a few of the skills that we regularly hear have been improved and honed by people taking our courses.

Dart board with a dart stuck in the bulls-eye

Soft skills lie at the very heart of a successful business.  It is the ability to communicate, get your ideas across and form genuine relationships with people you work with and people you do business with.  Improv training is ideally suited to really practise these soft skills in a safe environment so that when you get back to the business world you are more prepared for whatever is thrown at you.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Soft Skills Training here.

Drawing of a man pointing to a whiteboard

Pitching requires individuals to be confident and believable, but also relies on a strong team to rely on and act as a unit when things don’t go as expected.  Improv Training allows you to develop your own communication and presentation skills, while letting you work as a team to practise when to lead and when to follow, when to say ‘yes and’ or ‘yes but’ or even ‘no’!  Find out more about Improv Courses for Pitches and Presentations here.

A flexible man doing the bridge pose

The one certainty of business life in the UK right now seems to be uncertainty.  We know we will be working in unfamiliar and unpredictable environments so we need to be prepared.  Prepared to be flexible, agile and remain calm in the face of uncertainty.  Improv is all about responding to the unknown with confidence and clarity.  It is the perfect way to practise being comfortable and keeping our heads when all around are losing theirs.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Flexibility and Agility here…

A circle of hands and feet from above

It is often the moments of individual brilliance that are celebrated in sport, politics and the arts. As we all know however, that is just a tiny snapshot of a story that involves a team of people and support.  A cohesive team will work together to support each other, know instinctively when to lead, follow, say yes and say no.  When you need ideas and when you need solutions.  Improv training lets you experience any situation as an individual and as a team.  In the right supportive environment that we create, you will feel more connected and more trusted by your team.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Group Dynamics here…

Three people chatting at a restaurant table

When do we really find out something new about someone?  When we watch them deal with an unfamiliar situation.  When I see a speaker delivering a perfect script I can’t help feeling a little bit cheated and unengaged.  If however, they drop the mic, lose their place or get heckled then suddenly I am attentive to how they will respond.  Did they stay calm? Did they get flustered and look around for someone to help?  Practise being the person who smiles, breathes and then reconnects to their audience at these moments. Find out more about Improv Training for Confidence and Communication here…

A man with a yellow arrow graph behind him

As a Business Leader you’re expected to be resilient, carry on undaunted, leading the way, knowing the answers, helping people to cope.  You’re also expected to drive profitability and shareholder return on investment, through efficiency with innovation. Improv training helps you deal with the different roles you have to play every day at work.  You can experience different situations and find resources you never knew you had.  Find out more about Improv Training for Leaders here…

A woman's face in front of a spiral pattern

It is natural for us to find shortcuts, habits and patterns that lighten the load on our brain for tasks we are faced with every day.  This includes our interactions with other people, and we can find that fall into roles that vary greatly from person to person.  Improv training allows us to effortlessly break these habits and inhabit other aspects of our personalities that would normally reaming stubbornly in the box.  Just be prepared that they may not want to go back in afterwards!  Find out more about Improv Training for Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence here…

A woman with her palm upwards with images of thought bubbles around her

Mindfulness is often perceived as akin to a meditative state.  That is a wonderful thing if you have the time and devotion it deserves, but most of our lives are spent in a world of frantic communication and uncertainty. Improvisation demands active mindfulness. It is lively, highly experiential and a very effective tool for raising awareness of yourself and the world around you, allowing you to stay calm in your work and your life.  Find out more about Improv Training for Minfulness and Being Present  here…

A group of business people looking at a laptop screen

Wherever and whatever our working lives take us, it can be hard to stay focussed and engaged, especially if we sit in the same place with the same people every day.  Improv Training can come in and re-energise your opinion of yourself, and of those around you.  Play, laugh, learn, make mistakes and learn not to care so that when it does matter, you are alert, responsive and engaged.  Sometimes we all need a little help to feel good about where we are, who we work with and what we do. A great re-energiser which is full of positivity and energy.  Find out more about Improv Training for Engagement at Work here…

A woman holding up her hand with the index finger and thumb forming a circle

People in organisations should really be able to enjoy themselves. Improvisation taps into the natural and often suppressed joy and happiness we all are capable of exhibiting, even at work.  Whether you are naturally optimistic or pessimistic, improv can lighten your outlook and renew your faith in those around you. Find out more about Improv Courses for Positivity and Happiness here…

A tandem skydive with the plane in the background

You have done abseiling, charity freefalls, formula 1 pit experiences and assault courses.  What could you possibly do to challenge and stretch your team in a new and exciting way?  Singing.  Yup, singing in front of your colleagues.  It may sound terrifying but that is your golden opportunity to do something that scares you and emerge more resilient and proud.  This course takes a group of people very gently through some musical improv exercises and is guaranteed to make you leave the room humming to yourself.   A high challenge course which stretches comfort zones to the maximum but without the need to drag your body through a physical assault course. Find out more about Improv Courses for Risk Taking here…

A light bulb with blackboard lines and circles coming out behind

At the very heart of improv training is a phrase that goes ‘Yes, and…’.  Find out what the deep connotations of that phrase, and it’s counterparts are and what that can teach you about your own patterns of behaviour.  Then you can experience the power of idea generation, group creativity and an abundance of possibilities.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Creativity and Innovation here…