Business Improv Course: Challenge your Team

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This is improvisation at it’s most daring, exciting and rewarding.  Performance is a crucial aspect of improvisation and a powerful tool for self-development when used correctly.  If your team thinks they have done it all before, then this is one challenge they will not be expecting.

Improvisation is never about humiliating or deliberately overwhelming people.  It is a collaborative, supportive art form and is at its best when people are engaged and relaxed.  We ensure that we create the right atmosphere for people to be able to perform in front of their peers and come out feeling more confident, not ashamed.  It also allows for the quieter, less confident participants to have their moment and to be listened to, encouraged and applauded.  This is where the power lies – in the appreciation you will receive just for being you, for being open and willing to take a risk.

What to Expect

Participants at the Maydays Improv Retreat Festival in a workshop

We will demonstrate improvised performance with a short song based on a story from one of the participants.  Then we run through some basic improvisation techniques and get everyone warmed up and excited for the show that is to follow.

The show will be supported on stage by members of The Maydays who’s job it is to make you look good and ensure you are having a good time.  If you run out of ideas or don’t know what to say, a Mayday will step in seamlessly and set up the next line for you.  Just be yourself, be present and take your time to receive the compliments and adulation of the audience.

Our range of CPD Accredited Generic Improv Courses

You want to be assured that you are getting the very best training possible for your team.  Well rest assured that you are in the hands of some of the most experienced, respected and dedicated Improv facilitators in the world.  All our members have trained in the USA, the home of improv, and have delivered training and performances across Europe and the rest of the world to the highest acclaim.  This expertise has been recognised and certified by the CPD Certification Service so that you do not have to worry about the quality of the training you are investing in.

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This really takes you from a standing start to a level 1 improviser.  Find out how improvisation works, what it can do for you and why it is so relevant to business.  A great place to start your journey into Improv for Business.  Find out more about our CPD accredited Essential Improv Skills for Business Course here…

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The ability to listen, make meaningful connections to other people, be in the moment but actively lead in a crisis are all skills at the heart to business.  This CPD accredited course delivers the tips of the trade from professional stage improvisers about how to remain calm in the face of uncertainty, rely on your inner resources, and connect to those around you to create stronger relationships and a greater sense of self-esteem.  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

Other Courses suitable for Beginners

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If you would like to focus on a particular skill, sector or role then you may find one of our specifically tailored courses fits your needs.  If you are not sure what would work best for you then get in touch and one of our experts will help guide you to the perfect course for you.

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The huge problem with taking risks is the stakes.  It is not just missing a bin with an apple core, there are livelihoods, investments and relationships on the line when we are faced with risky situations at work and in life.  They will arise though, and it is best to be prepared for how we will behave, and how we will deal with the consequences of our decisions and actions.  Improv Training allows us to inhabit some uncomfortable spaces with the stakes being as low as possible.  With the support of a good facilitator and the commitment of the participants, this really can be a game changing experience. Find out more about Improv Courses for Risk Taking here…

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People go to the gym, do yoga and exercise as part of their daily lives.  Well it’s hardly news that we need to keep our brains active and challenged to stay healthy also.  Improv training really can reach places that traditional training formats cannot touch.  It is exciting and new every time, it encourages you to step forward out of your comfort zone and rewards you with affirmation, applause and a feeling of genuine achievement.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Flexibility and Agility here…

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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…

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There are times when we need to shut off our inner critic, and our cynicism, and just build some ideas and concepts afresh, without limiting ourselves to the usual boundaries of sense, physics and economics.  It may be that all of these ideas are rejected, but every now and again you will get to a new, innovative idea that would normally have been shut down at the germinal stage.  Improv Training will directly teach you techniques to allow ideas to grow individually, and as part of a team.  Find out more about Improv Courses for Creativity and Innovation here…

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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…

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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…

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Being in the moment is held up as something to aspire to in these times of change.  However, our natural response to the complex situations that we find ourselves in is to think and plan.  For good reason, if we can find a solution to a problem before it is upon us, we can literally increase our chances of survival.  However, what we also need, is the ability to throw the plan away and respond to what is happening in the moment.  No point fighting a lion if we just trod on a snake… Find out more about Improv Training for Mindfulness and Being Present  here…

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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…

Courses by Location

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The Maydays runs courses from our own lovely space, 1 minute from the sea and centrally located.  Here you can enjoy our facilities and then make use of Brighton Seafront’s natural ones.  Bring the team down for a day out, experience the wonder of Improv Training in our fully equipped studio, then break for lunch on the beach.  The Maydays was founded 15 years ago in Brighton and although we now deliver training sessions and improv courses all over the world, it is still our favourite place to be.  Find out more about how you can get world class Business Improv Training in Brighton here…

Business Improv in London

Improv in London now has a tradition and a unique output both in terms of performance and training.  The Maydays began in Brighton, but many of our members now life and work in London so delivering our world class training in London is easy and convenient for us and hopefully you too.  We have good relationships with many lovely training spaces and also business experts to deliver a diverse training package that suits your needs.  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 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…

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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…

Further Information about Improv for 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

Articles exploring the benefits of Improv Training for Business

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