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Are Your Beliefs, Lack of Certainty and/or Fears Holding You Back?
Self-confidence and assertiveness are two skills that are crucial for success in every day life. If you don"t feel worthy, and/or you don"t know how to express your self-worth when communicating with others, life can be very difficult. Learning and utilizing these skills will provide opportunities and benefits to you. We work with you, in a relaxed environment, in a group setting, through the use of Improvisation, Meditation, and Mindfulness.
Over the last several years, our instructors have helped thousands of people, just like you, to get a hold of their true potential.
We offer group classes or one-on-one coaching. We can assure you, our group settings move at a pace that all of our clients are comfortable and happy with.
Group classes are $420 for a 6 week session(payment plans are available). One-On-One Sessions are $150.
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Benefits of Our Personal Development Improv Classes
Learning to Improv
Spontaneity, flexibility and naturalism are all aspects of the fine art of improv. You don’t need to be an improviser or actor to benefit from the art of being an improviser.
Learning and enjoying improv activities is something all people should do, the skills that you can gain from improv activities can help you in many facets of your life. If you want to give yourself an edge, consider some of these benefits that improv can provide. Our improv classes are fun and challenging as you learn how to build the kinds of relationships and spontaneity needed to succeed. But there’s a thrill inherent in the completion of an effective exercise or challenge, one that causes the participants to strive harder to achieve mass success. Word association, being given a location and told to create a scene, and having a role placed upon you, such as astronaut, and working with others in the scene where you have to give clues so they can guess who you are, are all basic assignments that helps your ability to think on your feet and get free with your voice and body. Improv helps that awkward stage of not knowing what to do with your hands, because it often requires full body involvement. No more uncomfortable just standing there, hands clasped together.
Boost Your Confidence
Confidence is a great benefit from learning improv. You learn how to carry yourself, react in the moment, and gain the camaraderie that comes with everyone doing the same activity. Improv requires you to completely trust the other actors in the scene with you. You all have to work together as a team to successfully entertain your audience. While you may challenge each other, you’re always working together, not against each other.
To build a scene or narrative with someone, you have to listen to the "ideas," or building blocks, fellow players are giving you and incorporate those elements into your response, no matter how surreal or incongruous they might seem. Someone who is not listening, or trying to deliver their own jokes, cuts off the scene. Learning how to listen to communicate versus listening to respond, will no doubtedly help you in both your personal and business relationships.
Make New Friends
Friendship also comes along with fun improv activities, as being surrounded by people enjoying the same activities creates instant friendships. These friendships and the memories created from improv can serve as a source of inspiration for years to come.
Presence Allows Focus
Speeding up reaction time also comes naturally when you learn the skill of improve as your focus and clarity greatly improves. This skill is invaluable during debates or when interviewing and being asked questions. Being able to think quickly and in the moment, you will be more prepared.
Participating in an improv workshop with colleagues helps you read and understand their responses to situations. Nonverbal clues such as posture, facial expressions, and the amount of eye contact can speak volumes. The "one-sentence story" exercise provides clues. Each student contributes a single word or sentence in turn, with the aim of building a coherent story. The story gets pretty funny, and you can watch the next person in line trying to think of what their word or sentence should be.
In an improv scene, you accept the idea, or "offer" made to you by your counterpart, which might be: "Wow, the sky is really falling." And you add to it by saying, "Yes, and we better hide under my pink umbrella I brought." The important thing is that you accept the proposal and then contribute another element to help flesh out the idea and move the story on.
If you're having a conversation with a client and they ask you to do something impossible, the best option is to start your response with a "yes, and…, as this keeps building on it.
Business schools such as Ashridge Executive Education and Cass Business School in the UK, and Duke University and Stanford University in the US, are including improv on their curriculum to help future leaders cope with a rapidly changing environment. Author Mike Bonifer has described improv as the 21st century technology because it enables one to be flexible and adaptable, to spot opportunities, and to let go of what isn't working.
Improv pioneer Keith Johnstone said that to become a good improviser, you need to let go of the fear of being seen as mad, bad, or wrong. This idea of, "What will people think of me if I say X" is a big block for people in business.
Listening, exploring ideas and giving them a chance, and accepting offers from people around you all help people deal with uncertainty and ambiguity. Too often in a conversation about strategy or creativity, people feel they have to pick one idea to run with, and decide too early.
The Ashridge class focuses on "saying yes to the mess".
Ashridge lecturers also talk about a leader being in charge, not in control. Too often people think the leader should know everything and tell everyone what to do. But a really great leader, who is looking to the future and being innovative, knows that sometimes their job is to ask the right questions: providing staff with minimal structure and maximum autonomy.
Examples of Games
Alphabet game: Two people are given a couple of elements with which to build a scene — for example, the nature of their relationship to each other and a reason they might have an argument. They are then invited to have that conversation — each sentence has to start with the subsequent letter in the alphabet.
One-sentence story: Standing in a circle, the group aims to build a scene around a given stimulus — a famous person and an object or destination, for instance. Participants take turns building the narrative, each adding one sentence at a time.
Last word spoken: Two people have a conversation and person B has to start a sentence with the last word person A said, and vice versa. Peter Margaritis, CPA, CGMA, said this exercise proves particularly popular with participants in his workshops. "It teaches us that you have to listen to the entire dialogue because maybe the last words that are spoken [in a workplace conversation] are the most important, and it's easy to miss something critical."
All of these exercises require participants to be focused, in the moment, and agile enough to respond to what their counterpart just said, even if they were expecting something completely different.
Reduction in Anxiety and Comfort in Social Settings
Improv allows you to explore in a safe and welcoming environment. Calgary