Over the past year, I’ve noticed a shift in the way we present our work and ourselves. As we’ve grown our expertise in financial services and our individual disciplines, we’ve become more comfortable doing what we do best. We’re more natural, friendly and confident. To acknowledge and support this shift, I sought out a way to make us even better at being unscripted.
After vetting various organizations, we invited Chris and Ann from LifePlays to facilitate an improv workshop at Comrade. For a few hours one afternoon, we stepped away from client work, formed a circle and jumped into the fundamentals of improv. By the end of the day, we were applying improvisational techniques to realistic work scenarios. Passing the “yellow ball” and encouraging each other with “yes, and…,” we found inspiration and confidence, and succeeded in helping everyone sound brilliant.
It's been some time since we completed the workshop, but every day we’re embracing the lessons we learned. Our conversations are more balanced and energetic, both with our clients and each other. We’re better at listening and supporting each other to keep ideas bubbling forth.
Through improv we've become better comrades. I couldn’t have hoped for a better result.
Here are some improvisation tips that have helped us be better presenters and teammates.