Businesses have discovered that improv-based trainings are an effective way to build collaboration, communication, and creativity (in addition to being a ton of fun).
In fact, studies have shown that people can improve their communication skills and lower their anxiety with regular practice. Improv’s low-stakes training increases the likelihood that team members will feel comfortable communicating in a variety of work situations. “Yes, and” is the key.
“What you need to do in improv is listen closely to every word a scene partner is saying,” she says. “When you’re in a meeting with a client, you need to not only hear but deeply listen to everything.”
~Rebecca Waber, Innosight in Boston.
“Initially I didn’t know what improv was, I just knew that it involved some kind of public speaking,” she says. “When you do improv and come back to the corporate world, you realize how many small things you thought were important don’t matter.”
~Nithya Venkateswaran, WeightWatchers.
The benefits of improv in the workplace has been covered by publications like Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, and more.
Inc. Magazine, Companies Use Improv to Boost Collaboration and Creativity