Improv in Business: Articles and Resources

Improvisation is taught extensively on MBA programmes in the US, and the approach is spreading across the globe. Here is just a handful of the many articles from business reviews to daily newspapers that are picking up on business improvisation being an approach of choice.

Want To Improve Your Business Skills? Try A Stand-Up Comedy Or Improv Class
Whether making a presentation to potential investors or just explaining your goals to employees, being comfortable in front of a crowd and on your toes is an essential life skill for entrepreneurs. It is also a baseline requirement for succeeding in sales.

Improvisation Training for Business: Exploring ‘Yes, and…’
The Yes, and… exercise used in improvisation training for business executives can occasionally raise consternation if taken too literally. We take a look at the difference between ‘Yes, and…’ in improvisation training, and ‘Yes, and…’ in business, to see what is transferable, and what is not.

Improv Training Is Making Management Throw Away the Script
The next consultant to visit your office may not be from McKinsey…

Why Improv Training Is Great Business Training
“If you’re not funny, there’s no real-life consequence,” Rick Andrews tells students in his improv comedy class. “People just don’t think you’re funny. That is not a big deal.” Then he exclaims, “Okay, let’s get two people up there!” The next scene begins…

How Tina Fey’s Improv Rules Can Boost Your Business
Improv is a valuable skill for leaders, so much so that top business schools like MIT are offering a class in it. Who better to turn to for advice on improv than Tina Fey…

It’s Not Quite Funny Or Die, But Improv Works To Fuel Powerful Innovation
Tina Fey’s “Bossypants” was the inspiration for Ask.com to try out improv techniques to invigorate its team. Here’s what happened when they got off their duffs and found their inner monkey saddles…

Want to Be More Creative? Think on Your Feet 
Companies like Life Is Good use improv exercises to boost collaboration and creativity. In November, apparel maker Life Is Good moved about 60 employees, who had been spread over three Boston-area offices, into one new, open-plan space…

When The Art Of The Deal Includes Improv Training
Some top-tier business schools are offering more than just finance and marketing these days: Duke, UCLA, MIT and Stanford are all teaching improv. Professors say these techniques help students increase collaboration, creativity and risk taking…

Why Using Improvisation To Teach Business Skills Is No Joke
London, England (CNN) – In a business world that’s more uncertain than ever it pays to be able to think on your feet. That’s why some business schools are using improvisation classes to teach skills such as creativity and leadership…

Leadership Agility: Using Improv to Build Critical Skills 
Look around you; everything is changing. The global economy, medicine, technology, the environment, geo-politics…you name it and chances are, it is undergoing dramatic change. Of course, this has always been the case – but the rate of change is increasing…

Blanking Out: How Stress Can Shut Down The Command Centre In The Brain 
We’ve all had those terrible moments, whether just before making a wedding speech or delivering a presentation at work, when our minds have gone completely blank. Now scientists are one step closer to understanding why we have developed such a counterproductive (and embarrassing) response to stress…

Improvisation for Scientists: Workshops by Alan Alda and the Center for Communicating Science
This video provides a glimpse of workshops Alan Alda led in 2009 for Stony Brook University graduate students, using improvisational theater games to help them connect more directly and personally when they discuss their work The Center for Communicating Science…

A Useful Idea
We live in a complex and continuously changing world, which requires us and the organizations we work in to change along with it. But change is hard, and most of us aren’t very good at it. This short video introduces a different approach to change…

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A talk by John Windmueller, Organizational Training Manager at Washington Improv Theater

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