The original founders of the improv troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade – Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser and Amy Poehler – have written a manual on the art of improvisational comedy. It doesn’t only apply to acting, though – it applies to any situation where individuals must work together.Contrary to what you may think, there actually ARE rules to improv. It’s not just as simple as saying and doing the first thing that comes to mind; there’s a method to the madness – the founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade give detailed insight into this in the manual.
“There is a common misconception that improv is a whimsical or lazy art form,” the authors write in the introduction. “In reality, no matter how much fun they are having onstage, great improvisers are working together while adhering to a clear set of guidelines.”
Improv For Business
With our TeamProv and Comedy Sportz programs, you and your group will learn the rules of improvisation and carry them with you back to the workplace. You’ll be amazed at how often you can utilize your new improv skills in the world around you! Our fun and interactive workshops will provide you with the unique and exciting experience you’ve been looking for. Who knows…you could be the newest member of the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Have you ever used improv for business? Taken a workshop? What was the most important thing you took away from it?
As summer time ticks away the stores have gone from seasonal sections of gardening and outdoor to school supplies. Aisles upon aisles filled with everything from erasers and rulers to back packs and water bottles. There is a palpable excitement amongst the youngest of school goers as the seasons change from summer to school.
It seems that many budget lines have felt the wrath of the delete button over the years, but the Holiday Party remains. From social drinks and meal to a couples dance and annual awards – the holiday party is holding strong. That being said, as a forward thinking manager you can utilize the holiday party budget for some team development.
Halloween is just around the corner. My daughters are picking out their ghoulish costumes … one a princess and the other a dead bride (gulp). Seems as kids get older the scarier their costumes get, my princess is 5 and my bride is 10. By the time kids become adults they can get even scarier — some even become Vampires, and they wear their costume to work, everyday.
I can only imagine that there is something special about getting up on the podium and accepting a Gold Medal for your efforts on behalf of your country, especially Olympic gold. The pride associated with achieving top recognition and award for successfully reaching your stated goals, and of course surpassing the competition.
The original founders of the improv troupe, the Upright Citizens Brigade – Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser and Amy Poehler – have written a manual on the art of improvisational comedy. It doesn’t only apply to acting, though – it applies to any situation where individuals must work together. (more…)
Improv comedy will teach you to improv life. Life is rough sometimes (all the time) with these walls and barriers and judgments we’ve set for ourselves. (more…)
Connecting with teams globally often is achieved with social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. These social media tools have become a regular form of doing business in today’s global workplace. Many managers consider the risks of connecting via social media to far outweigh the benefits. This can be true, however used effectively by conscientious co-workers this tool can be great to have in your teams tool kit. (more…)
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