Improv meets Corporate

Improv meets Corporate
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In the past, improvisation has been used to improve an actor’s ability to perform and improve written scripts in the heat of the moment with emotion or comedic timing. However, it’s also been proven that these skills can be taken off the stage and into the conference room.

Improves customer service

When it comes to customer service, improv can be a powerful tool. By its very nature, improv is all about being in the moment and reacting to what's happening in front of you. This can help customer service reps be more responsive to customer needs and better solve problems on the fly. In addition, the collaborative nature of improv can help build better relationships with customers. By working together to create something new, customer service reps and customers can develop a deeper connection that can lead to better service.

Trains employees

Improv can be used in employee training in a number of ways. For example, it can be used to help employees learn to think on their feet and come up with creative solutions to problems. It can also be used to help employees learn to work together as a team and to better understand each other’s communication styles. Additionally, improv can help employees learn to handle difficult customer service situations in a more positive and effective way. Ultimately, using improv in employee training can help create a more positive and productive work environment.

Improves communication

when employees need to communicate better, improv can help. By using improv games and exercises, employees can learn to listen to each other and respond to the moment. This can help them to be better communicators in general, both in and out of work. Improv can also help employees to feel more comfortable with each other. By taking the time to play and have fun together, they can build relationships that will make it easier to communicate when they need to. Improv can help employees to build trust, respect, and rapport with each other.

Enhances negotiation

In business, the ability to negotiate is essential to success. However, many people find the process of negotiation to be difficult and stressful. Improv can be a helpful tool for improving negotiation skills.
Improv can help you to become more comfortable with the spontaneity of negotiation. When you are negotiating, you will often have to think on your feet and come up with creative solutions to problems. Improv can help you to become more comfortable with this type of spontaneous thinking. Again, improv can help you to become more effective at active listening. In negotiation, it is important to listen carefully to what the other person is saying in order to understand their needs and interests. Improv can help you to hone your active listening skills so that you can more effectively understand the other person's perspective.

Enhancing the soft skills in employees that make businesses successful is a future avenue for improvisation, and many large corporations have already taken a step in this direction. Consider offering an improv class for a business retreat!

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