3 Reasons Why You Need Improv to Succeed

Have you ever been to an improv comedy show? If you have, you’ve probably walked away from it amazed at how quickly the actors can think on their feet and work off of each other. Well, guess what? Comedy shows aren’t the only place that being able to improvise is a necessity.

Improv may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the workplace and skills associated with being a well rounded and productive employee. But surprisingly, many of the skills that you can take away from improv can be directly correlated with having a productive work environment and meaningful relationships with colleagues.reasons why you need improv

Here are the 3 major reasons why you need improv skills in order to succeed within the work environment:

1. Improv helps you stay present and focused.
Being able to improvise means being able to pick up on cues and hints quickly. You need to be able to take what’s given to you and run with it. In order to effectively communicate, you must be able to understand your colleagues. With improv training, you’ll learn how to stay focused under pressure and make quick decisions – both vital parts of a productive work ethic.

2. It allows you to better retain information and sharpen listening.
One of the most important parts of improvisation is being able to contribute to the flow of a scene. If you aren’t listening to the others in the scene with you, then you won’t know how to respond appropriately. In the workplace, the same rules apply – if you aren’t attentive, you won’t be able to follow instruction or pick up where others left off. Improv teaches you how to use listening as a vital tool.

3. It forces you out of your comfort zone.
You’re not always going to be able to stay neutral and comfortable at work, or generally in life. Being able to adapt to the unexpected and unknown is an important skill to have. With improv training, you’ll learn to take calculated risks and assess every new situation that’s thrown at you. Improv comedy thrives on the unknown and unexpected – that’s what makes it so funny! Taking what you’re given, no matter if you’re comfortable with it or not, and being able to work with what you have is the key to success.

Improv skills are skills for life! Check out our Applied Improv program if you’re looking to learn more about how your team can benefit from an improv comedy workshop.

Lauren Adams

Team Contributor


Sign up for tips on crafting the perfect team.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



around the world podcast logo

Get ideas, inspiration and best practices from across the globe.

apple podcast logo spotify podcast logo

Be a Guest Blogger

Do you have any useful tips, tricks, guides, or valuable insights about company culture?

Learn more  

Plays well with these activities.

Sign up for tips on crafting the perfect team.

Less drama? Greater productivity and job satisfaction? Yes, you really can make an impact, and TeamBonding is here to help. Subscribe to our blog for useful tips, tricks and insights.

More great content based on your likes.

TeamBonding’s Guide to the Five Stages of Team Development

Developing strong and cohesive teams is essential for every business or organization, but team development doesn’t happen overnight. There are numerous stages of team development that can ultimately lead to a synergistic team, which carries with it many benefits. 

Read More  

Why Team Building Doesn’t Work

As a leader in your organization, you’re likely always looking for innovative ways to strengthen employee relationships. Creating a strong workplace culture that encourages teamwork is essential for increasing productivity and improving employee engagement. However, your workforce might not always see eye to eye with leadership when it comes to team building. Some employees may feel it’s nothing more than a chore while others might think that team building will not solve the underlying issues that are affecting workplace relationships. It may lead them to really question “does team building work”?

Read More  

A Guide to Engaging Team Building Games for Work

Team building games for work can be an incredibly powerful tool for businesses. Though many think work games for team building are just for fun, they have a wide variety of uses and benefits that can help you and your team succeed. Team building can help foster collaboration, communication, cohesion, and more. 

Read More  

5 Fun Meeting Ideas to Motivate Your Team

With the start of the new year comes company, client, and team meetings galore. Fun meeting ideas that are engaging are an important part of motivating your team to accomplish great work. No one, virtually or in person, wants to sit through a long meeting without interaction between team members. In fact, that’s what gives meetings a bad name.

Read More  

Questions? Need a quote?

Complete this form to get started or call 877-472-2725.

Loading Icon

Create Your Free Account

Get exclusive access to new programs from the TeamBonding Lab, save your favorite ideas, and track your upcoming events.
Already have an account? Login

Please wait...


Don't yet have an account?
Create a Free Account

Forgot Your Password? Password Reset