Improv drop in classes are back on at the Common Grounds café at One Boynton! Grab a coffee or home blended tea, maybe a baked good hang out for a bit then join us for class! every Monday unless otherwise noted in our newsletter. Mondays from 8-9. Class is just $10. Pay online or at the door. Click here for more info
The holidays are approaching, and your company just netted another year. You’ve watched your people work hard, striving to reach goals and exceed projections, and now you want to reward them with the unique holiday party they deserve.
But how? Sure, it’s always fun to see the people you work with rock out on a karaoke stage. And, Brian from HR has some killer dance moves after a few egg nogs …but how about something new this year?
It can be a lot of pressure to plan a party that your staff has been looking forward to all year, but we have just the thing to keep the fun coming. Here’s our 5 reasons why your holiday party needs improv.
1. You’ll Get a Tailor-Made Show Just for You Improvers customize their material for their audience. They’ll collect information before the show, during the show or both – this includes all the jargon, the inside jokes and more – and they’ll pepper it in throughout the show. Of course, this goes along with all the other hilarity they come up with. Jokes about the broken copier, repetitive memos and those darn TPS are sure to keep your staff laughing.
2. …Speaking of Laughing Is there a better way to bring people together than laughter? When something makes everyone smile, it helps everyone to feel a little looser. We’re not talking about the awkward jokes your CEO makes while MC-ing the party. We’re talking about genuine comedy that you don’t feel obligated to laugh at. Figuring out how to break the ice at an event is never easy, so invite an improv troupe to loosen them up. Unscripted funnies are sure to do the trick.
3. Your Employees Can Have Their Chance to Shine Improv shows really start to become fun when they get interactive. If you’d like to see your employees get in on the action, you can have your improv group invite them on stage to participate in the hilarity. If you think they have fun laughing at entertainers, just wait until they start laughing at each other.
4. Improvers Can Improve Any Place, Any Time Improv humor is extremely versatile, and troupes can perform in almost any environment. Whether you’re having your holiday party at the office or at a venue, they’ll meet you there and they’ll always bring their A game.
5. The Good Times Will Last Through the New Year After watching an uproarious interpretation of their work life, your employees are sure to bring some laughs to go. In fact, they may laugh until your next holiday party. Those spot-on inside jokes are relived every time they come to the office, giving coworkers something to bond over every day. Best of all, you can do the same thing the following year, because every show is completely different – it truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
To get started with this unique holiday party, contact us today and learn how to book a live improv show for your next event.
Utilizing improv theater practices can encourage and improve design thinking starting with user empathy through creating product prototypes. Not only can it improve design thinking, but the techniques can be easily learned. Therefore, let’s explore 3 improv activities for design thinking below.
Powerful Benefits that Improv Brings to the Design Thinking Process
Improvisors are characterised by quick-wittedness, listening even in high pressure situations and building on the ideas of their team. All of these attibutes are great additions for design thinkers. With an improv workshop, design thinkers can begin to:
Empathize more clearly with the design target
Increase teamwork and co-work between the participants
Improve moods, energy and listening skills
Encourage team think by removing pressure and silos
But how?! Great question.
So the good news is that to use improv activities for deisgn thinking is a short presentation away. Most design thinkers can benefit and take away these skills from a workshop. To get started, here are 3 improv activities to use:
Never Miss a Beat It’s amazing where our minds will wander off too. This activity is great for helping us stay present. It’s called “Zip Zap Zop”. Standing in a circle one person claps and then points at someone else in the circle saying “Zip”. That person then claps and points at someone else and says Zap, third person clap and point, “Zop”, and you bounce that around the circle. Zip, zap, zop, zip, zap, zop, etc. Use your own words, use names, the important thing is you move fast!
Encourage the wild ideas To do this we need to start saying yes to the ideas that are presented to us and supporting them. We do this with an activity called “I’m going on a picnic”. To do this activity everyone stands in a circle. The first person in the circle turns to the person on their left and says ” I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing a soda. The next person then turns to the person to their left and says “Yes, and I am bringing ice for the soda”, that third person then turns to the person to their left and says “yes, and I’m bringing a cooler to hold all the ice”, and this repeats until everyone has had a turn.
Empathize With Your Design Target How do we practice empathy? To see life from someone else’s point of view a good start would be to take on that persons physicality. Humans are great at mimicry. For this activity you will observe someone as they are. You want someone who is unaware they are being observed. Someone outside the window waiting for the bus for example or someone in a video. Take on that persons body posture, sit how they sit, stand as they stand, walk as they walk, then ask yourself, how do I feel? What kind of person do I feel like right now? Let your new body inform your mind. Body first, then mind.
These exercises help work those muscles, and they’re a lot of fun to do. Contact us today to learn more about how you can use improv activities for design thinking.