Improv is the secret sauce of effective team building!
Offering a fresh but proven approach to team building, improv encourages participants to develop the key components of being part of a high performing team while having lots of fun along the way.
What is Improvisation (Improv)?
Improv means actively listening and reacting without pre-planning. It encourages us to be adaptable. We do this throughout the day – E.G. Forced to make a decision without all of the facts, being put on the spot, negotiating a deal, the list goes on. By using the core principles of improvisation – collaboration, communication, creativity and fun – we can react more flexibly and spontaneously while at the same time build our confidence. In the current economic environment, individuals are expected to be highly adaptable and rise to many unseen challenges.
How Does Improvisation Help with Teambuilding in the Workplace?
Improvisation helps individuals to respect other team member’s creativity and ideas. It allows them to cohesively and constructively work in collaboration as part of a team. Participants quickly realise that collaboration is key to success. It’s new, exciting and really pushes people out of their comfort zone, with the results of engagement and productivity taken to a higher level. Improvisation helps people understand the dynamics of human interaction and fosters self-awareness. Improvisation also gives us the opportunity to get out of our heads and get in the moment. While this may sound very formal, the key to Neil’s workshops, and improvisation itself, is having fun.
What does a Team Building Session look like?
Fortunately, an Improv workshop is not weather dependent, nor does it require us to don a tracksuit and a pair of wellies! In the workshop, the facilitator takes participants through a series of exercises and tasks designed to push participants to the edge of their comfort zone but in a fun and supportive manner. Improv is used as the tool to promote the goals of building an effective team. It’s not a traditional classroom or training room, but a space that promotes active learning. Exercises focuses on developing core skills of improv, such as active listening, being present, accepting and building on ideas (aka “Yes, and…”) and collaboration.
None of the exercises involve competition. Participants quickly realise that they are all in the same boat regardless of title, position in company or length of service. Not only is that the path of least resistance to collaborate with peers but a new understanding of trust in the workplace emerges.
For more info on why Improv and Team Building work so well, check out this article here.
Why work with Neil?
Neil is a veteran improviser with over 10 years of improv experience and 20 years of corporate management experience in the multinational sector, including senior management level. Neil has taught improv to a number of organisations around the world, including brands such as Google, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Dropbox and IMI to name but a few. His signature show, Neil+1, has been performed to much acclaim around the world. Neil holds a Masters in Training & Education as well as being a qualified Executive Coach.
Team Building Options
• Silver Option – Team Building Session
Can be customised for team sizes of 6 right up to larger group sizes.
• Gold Option – Team Building & Improv Entertainment
In addition to a team building session, why not see improv in action by adding a show to your event! Chose from Neil+1 or a group show featuring a selection of professional improvisers who will entertain your group with unscripted, off the cuff improvised comedy!
• Platinum Option – Team Building & a Team Performance
Why get the professionals improv when you can do it yourself! With this option, in addition to the team building workshop, members of the team form part of the entertainment. A performance piece will be put together by your team under Neil’s guidance for your entertainment!
“Improv with Neil surpassed my expectations in many ways. The classes delivered were far more enjoyable and fun than I could have imagined. That was in part due to the nature of improv but in much larger part due to Neil’s skills in teaching, understanding, perception and communication. I was imagining a tuition on how to “do” whose line is it anyway type of scenarios but was surprised to be exploring the barriers that we have constructed as adults. And then I was given the encouragement and space to tear these barriers down and relearn vital skills we had as children. Subsequently life is now viewed through a different prism with a clarity that has more colours and depth of perception than ever before.”
– Dr. Sim Lew-Gor, Consultant, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin
“Neil has delivered a series of interpersonal skills training sessions using improv as a tool for different groups of staff in the University and the feedback has been excellent. He is incredibly passionate about what he does, instantly creates trust in a group and excels at bringing out the best in people in a safe, thoroughly enjoyable environment. His primary strength is that he approaches each group with a fresh energy and takes people seriously while still enjoying himself.”
– Naoimh O’Connor, Research Careers Manager, UCD
“Improv with Neil proved to be an excellent tool for achieving our goals. Results were fantastic – in our post event survey, this Improv Training earned one of the highest scores of the entire week’s sessions and was without a doubt, one of the best team building sessions we’ve had so far, with excellent feedback across the board (from Senior Director and Manager levels, right through to our newest team members).”
– Jackie Hughes, Head of EMEA Customer Marketing, Google
“Renowned as they are for their imaginative approach to pretty much anything, Googlers are hard to surprise. Yet Neil’s ‘Emotion Machine’ routine did just that. During our latest team event Neil had us jumping, singing, dancing and, most of all, laughing out loud; all while maintaining friendly atmosphere that helped to build real team spirit. Speaking on behalf of my team, I would recommend Neil’s workshop for any group looking for creative and inspiring team building exercise, that can be translated back into workplace. This one definitely stands out”
– Bozena Smialkowska, Online Media Associate Manager, Google