Team Building Using Improvisational Comedy Skills

December 31, 2018

Most people don’t have a whole lot of firsthand experience with improv comedy. Ask someone to describe improv they’ve seen or to give an example of an improv exercise, and they’ll probably describe something they saw years ago on Whose Line is it Anyway?

But if you’re looking for an effective and unique way to get people at your company or in your organization to buy into some team-building exercises, improv can be a great way to do it.

Here are just a few examples of ways participants will benefit from improv exercises under the direction of a team-building events entertainer in Phoenix, AZ:

  • New experiences together: As we mentioned, the majority of people do not have direct experience with improvisational comedy—generally not in watching it, and definitely not in participating in it themselves. This makes for a brand-new experience that all of your team members can share together. They’re likely to go into it blind, not knowing exactly what to expect. All of the exercises are performed in a single open area, and everyone learns and connects together through the exercises. New experiences can make for outstanding bonding experiences.
  • Total participation: Everyone will participate in improv comedy exercises. Compare this to standard presentations in the workplace, where people are more likely to zone out and try to multitask while watching—here they’re an active part of the exercise, meaning they’re put into scenarios where they’re much more likely to learn and connect.
  • Learning about each other: One of the best ways to build up the strength of your team is to encourage them to get to know each other better. Shared experiences bring people closer together, especially when they’re able to laugh a lot in the process. The funniest moments in improv exercises are usually a result of honest reactions and insights, which can also help you to learn much more about the other people in your team—their talents, their sense of humor, their intelligence, their strengths and their interests. All of this happens in a very positive, controlled setting—you don’t have to worry about people being laughed at or made fun of, because everyone is in on every joke.
  • Honing important skills: When done correctly, using improv for team-building events can help you to develop some crucial skills in your team members. You can focus games and activities around particular topics or skills, such as problem solving, negotiation, communication, conflict resolution and anything else that might transfer to the workplace. The options are limitless in improv, and there’s a game for just about anything you can imagine.

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits of improv comedy for team building? We encourage you to contact Mike James Comedy, LLC for more information from an experienced team building events entertainer in Phoenix, AZ. We’ll be happy to tell you more about the various types of activities we recommend for such an occasion. We look forward to working with you to plan and carry out a successful team-building exercise!

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