What is Business Improv? Definition
Business improv training is now a well established, trusted and proven way to bring fast, effective and lasting benefit to your business. Whether trying to bond a new team, build resilience or challenge existing hierarchies, improv can reach further than more traditional training providing a rich, immersive and experiential environment where learning is deeply embedded.
When you research corporate training options, you’re probably looking for something which will really resonate with your people to provide long-lasting behavioural impacts, rather than just a nice day out of the office.
Improvisation-based training is an impactful and efficient way to develop core business skills, including listening and communication, leadership and trust, innovation and creativity, emotional intelligence (EQ) and mindfulness. It just also happens to be highly entertaining and uplifting at the same time.
Whatever your specific objectives and desired outcomes, the underlying principle of business improv will be to bring everyone in the room into the moment, focussed, listening and with a heightened state of awareness.
The safe and non-judgemental collaborative space we create with your team is a valuable training outcome in itself, but this is just the starting point. 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.
Improvisation-based training provides a holistic solution to a wide range of leadership and management skillsets. Improv-based corporate training can provide a free-standing inspirational performance or piece of entertainment, can act as an energiser or fast-track warmer to get people talking and listening.
Courses in Brighton, London and Worldwide
Whether you want Business Improv Training where you are, for a particular group of people, for a particular skill, or a more general improv experience, we can tailor our training to your needs. Come and discover improv for yourself at our studio in Brighton, or put on an away day for one of your teams, or really push your sales team to challenge themselves, we can provide the course that is right for you, wherever you are.
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…
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…
Improv Performance and Training is thriving in the UK. Renowned for its 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…
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…
Improv Courses for people in Business
Improv training for business covers a vast array of skills, sectors and roles within a company. We can tailor a course specifically for your needs, or you can simply select one of our courses off the shelf. You can choose from courses in different locations, for specific skill sets, or take advantage of our CPD accreditation to supercharge your training. Here are some of our tailored Improv Courses…
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
The different skills required to be an effective manager are really unique to every individual. There is no perfect set of attributes or skills that can create a great leader. Improv Training encourages you to be you by allowing you to explore aspects of your personality you may not be so familiar with. Being in the moment and responding to unusual and unpredictable situations in a safe space is a great way to shake off old habits and find a renewed self-respect. Find out more about Improv Courses for Leaders and Managers here
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
The responsibilities of managers and team leaders are onerous and can wear people down over time. Improv Training can help to revitalise people, and refresh the way they interact with their colleagues, regardless of their status in the company. A leader in business must be flexible, trustworthy and a great communicator. All of the soft skills that can be so hard to work on in a way that is fresh and engaging. Improv Training provides that environment where leaders can really thrive and develop. Find out more about Improv Courses for Leaders and Managers 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.
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.
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.
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
This course will take your team or group on a journey through the accepted tenets of Improv Training, and deliver some key insights into their application for your business. Where people or product focussed, there is always something new to learn about yourself and the way you behave and perform in your business. This CPD accredited course is a tried and tested way of going deeper into the soft skills that lie at the heart of a successful business. Find out more about Advanced Improv Skills for Business here
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
Improv Courses for Specific Skills
But improv can also go much deeper than that. We work with some of the world’s top companies and industry sectors in ways which help to integrate new leadership & management approaches, culture change and organisational development, by embedding the experiential approaches to improvisation into the heart of conference and executive training and facilitation events. We can also tailor an improv training course for you, or we have a range of courses that are designed to focus on specific skills.
John Cremer and his Mayday colleagues bring events to life in dazzling and unexpected ways. Their ability to bring out the improvising talents of random members of an audience is uncanny and inspirational. They electrify audiences with spur-of-the-moment improvisations that are variously dramatic, entertaining and hilarious
The laughter was continual and we were all surprised at the depth of learning and the practical value of the skills we acquired. Our team still talk about the event and we have certainly bonded as a group. We are already planning a follow-up session.
The Maydays’ show was definitely the highlight of our event. They got the mood of the audience immediately and presented a great, high level show which was both clever and extremely funny at the same time. Best of all was their enormous sense of fun, which was completely contagious for the audience.
A truly magical experience…powerful in its simplicity. Hundreds of applications to how we work with each other and our clients…never thought it would be so relevant.
Highly professional…please extend my admiration for their professionalism and my hopes that they will be working with us on many occasions in the future.
The Maydays knew exactly how to take a simple idea and run with it until the audience were in stitches. Thank you for a great night of entertainment
The Maydays’ performance was the highlight of our clergy conference – hilarious, clever and pitched perfectly for the audience. They enthralled us by turning our suggestions and comments into comic turns and songs. The laughter never stopped and it was all totally appropriate – slightly cheeky but never offensive. They got the audience on their side from the start, and the mood of happiness and delight lingered long after they’d left the stage
A fantastic and bloody brilliant, entertaining way of learning. I would be very interested in pursuing a course of sessions.
Sarah and I really loved your act and the memory of the improvisation based on our daughter Meghan will last for years!
The sessions yesterday were really appreciated by my team and my boss and the sessions the day before I think set an atmosphere of fun and collaboration so a job well done. Thank you and please also pass on my thanks to Chris and Jen. They were truly delightful!
You were bloody brilliant, and the feedback has been great. THANK YOU for coming so far and giving so much.
It was never going to be an easy task doing an active activity with a bunch of hungover grumpy individuals, but the session was super fun - crazy how she instantly knew everyone's names! After all the fun, it was great to sit down and reflect on the cultural values and see that there were quite a few at play in the session. I also took other learnings from the session ('yes but' is easy by default, but maybe we can approach other peoples' ideas as 'yes and'). Nice!