Improv training can improve the way your team communicates, helping leaders, managers, and executives negotiate
and conduct business. Business Improv workshops provide, leadership skills training and communication skills training that will teach you to:
- Promote creative & adaptive problem Solving
- Overcome blocks to creativity and Promote organisational innovation
- Foster better communication
- Build trust and support in teams
- Accelerate and improve Individual and group decision making
- Enhance focus & concentration
- Manage change more effectively
- Manage conflict expertly
- Communicate more effectively in crisis
- Focused workshops on specific capabilities or skills
- Teambuilding workshops and shows
- Shows for corporate events
- A combination of the above
Our workshop Leader:
Daniel Brown (acting, improvisation, physical theatre) has worked as an actor and director with theatres in the U.S., Canada and Europe since 1982. His training includes commedia dell’arte, clown, improvisation, drama therapy as well as classical theatre. He has taught acting and lectured on theatre in places ranging from prisons in America to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cambridge University in England. Arriving in Prague in 1998, Daniel has directed at various theatres in the Czech Republic (in Czech and English) and is the founder and Artistic Director of Divadlo Miloco. As an actor, Daniel has worked in films with such actors as Clive Owen, Peter O’Toole, Bruce Willis, Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn and Johnny Depp; he has filmed over 30 television commercials and currently is in his 12th season on the popular Czech television series Ulice. In addition, Daniel has worked extensively leading workshops for corporations, team building, using improvisation as a tool for problem-solving, leadership skills, self-confidence and public speaking. Daniel has worked as an acting coach for film and TV (including Anne Frank and Oliver Twist) and as a dialogue coach on many feature films. Daniel has a Masters degree from Cambridge University in the history and philosophy of science, specializing in the history of psychology and psychiatry.
WHY: Being in the Here and Now
Being ‘in the moment’ is at the core of all improvisation. Being centred and grounded without fear or ego allows creativity to flow easily and (interior and external) conflict to subside.
Using over 30 years of experience in improvisation, theatre, public speaking and teaching, Daniel Brown’s workshops provide participants the tools to build self-confidence, positivity, creativity and self-awareness. These are the stepping stones that free people from negative routines, fear of failure and needless conflict.
Adaptable to events with corporations and companies, educators, children or performers, Daniel’s improv comedy workshops provide an exciting, dynamic and fun platform to develop confidence in public speaking, find positive solutions to conflict, foster both group and individual creativity as well as awakening awareness of one’s of physicality and its dynamics.
Below is a (not exhaustive) list of themes that may be more or less focused on:
ACCEPTING – the capacity to immediately empathize with the existing situation, regardless of preconceived notions. This enables a presenter to recognize diversity and tolerate adverse opinions.
ACCURACY – the ability to quickly get to the point. This is useful during Q & A moments. ACTION – the external expression of a strong choice, represented in a physical manner using the body and voice. This helps develop control of body language.
ADAPTING – the capacity to acclimate to a particular situation, although not necessarily accepting the circumstances. This aids a presenter during those times where a sense of logic and common sense appear to be lacking.
ADVANCING – the ability to move a story forward, from “point A”to “point B”, based on the natural progression of logic or emotion. This is a critical presentation skill in order to close, persuade, or influence a person.
ANTICIPATING – the quickness of expecting the unexpected based on a history of predictable outcomes. This skill also develops with experience, since business situations tend to repeat.
ATTENTION TO DETAIL – the talent for fine-tuning a perspective without cluttering the concept or over explaining the idea.
CLARITY – the flair for simplifying an issue without overstating or underestimating relative importance.
COMMITMENT – the tenacity to take responsibility for an expressed choice. For a presenter, any deviation from the chosen path will be seen as a limitation.
CONFLICT-MANAGEMENT – the capacity to see both sides of a situation while facilitating a positive (win-win) outcome.
COOPERATION – the quality of effort that always adds value toward a common goal.
CREATING A SENSE OF URGENCY – exacting a pressure that identifies and targets the specific importance of a concept or idea. The art of persuasion is based on this principle.
CREATING ANALOGIES – the ability to find similar, real-world applications of defined parameters for a given issue. Comparisons to transportation, health, family, food or life experiences are the best analogies.
DEDUCTION – the natural transition used to show the reasoning behind a given line of logic. In presenting, this skill is used to thread a group of concepts into a flowing script.
FLOW – the functional layout of scripted logic, placed on a timeline and paced in a pleasing manner.
FOCUSING – the aptitude for finding the center of attention at any given moment of a situation. The lack of this skill causes presenters to drift off-topic and get sidetracked.
INTENTION – the internal expression of a strong choice, represented in a mental manner using the mind and heart.
JUSTIFICATION – the internal measurement of belief in a personal choice. Expressed outwardly as self-confidence, this validates information for an audience.
LISTENING – the level of attentiveness to audible content and patterns of speech. A good listener hears the sound of silence between spoken phrases in order to grasp the pace of a person’s voice. This avoids interrupting, overlapping, or cutting off the dialogue.
LOGIC – the sequential and predictable display of related information, whether legitimate or flawed, that leads to a decision.
MAINTAINING INTEGRITY – the facility to sustain a strict adherence to a value proposition without losing sight of the objective.
OBSERVING VISUAL CUES – the ability to detect and decipher actions and reactions, such as body language, facial expressions and other noticeable forms of feedback.
PROVIDING RESOLUTION – the capacity to reduce complexity into simplicity, while seeking the best outcome (win-win) possible.
REFERENCES AND ALTERNATIVES – the components of support for a given line of logic. Presenters with more experience are likely to have a wealth of backup information at their fingertips available to overcome argumentative objections.
RELATIONSHIP-BUILDING – the knack for finding similar interests, desires or needs, while creating a common bond in the process.
ROLE REVERSAL – taking on opposing character traits in order to understand a situation. Presenters who can play “devils advocate” (opposing their own concepts or ideas) can develop stronger arguments to support a line of logic.
SELECTIVITY –choosing the unique and relative details of an issue specific to the immediacy of the situation.
SHARING – the willing effort to offer others a chance to enjoy a particular experience. This skill reduces nervousness (butterflies, jitters, stage fright, etc.) because it forces a presenter to focus externally (on others), rather than internally (on self).
SHIFTING FOCUS – the process of directing or giving attention to a particular view (person, group, support item, etc.). Presenters use this skill to draw attention to support materials (a display visual), to others in the room (during interaction) or to imaginaries (virtual props & space).
SUPPORT – the effort given to promote or defend a particular choice. A presenter uses this as a collaborative skill when advancing a particular line of logic shared by at least one other person.
TABLE-SETTING – the ability to preset the conditions, parameters, or guidelines relevant to a particular line of logic. Presenters always provide a necessary bias (selective data) to support a point of view.
TIMING – the aptitude for positioning the key component of an issue as near
as possible to the highest moment of acceptance.
USING VIRTUAL PROPS AND SPACE – the talent for representing thought through visible action. Presenters can use physical movements (gestures, body language, etc.) to identify the unique and specific components of a concept or idea.