Team Building with Improv

Posted On:08.13.2018

Atlanta – Read a good article on the Forbes magazine site this weekend highlighting how Team Building with improv workshops can play an important role in creating agile teams uniquely prepared to handle today’s challenges.

The article, titled “Improv To Improve: Three ‘Rules’ To Building An Engaged, Collaborative Team” features strategies team leaders can use to help them build a collaborative, innovative group that embrace the unpredictable and thrive in a rapidly shifting work environment.

The author, Rachel Bellack, writes “Leaders in search of something different are increasingly turning to Applied Improvisational activities to help their teams adapt and move to the next level”. When improv organizations like ours design a Team Building Workshop for our clients, we’re taking the fundamentals that produce successful improv and tailoring those strategies and skills to a corporate environment.

In her article, Bellack states, “It’s not about learning to perform or be on stage — it’s about applying those tools and skills to the business world to help people learn the how of being flexible, creative, innovative and collaborative.

The strategies Bellack highlights include:

#1: Yes And
If you’ve done any reading or research on improv, or improv-based Corporate Workshops, you’ve likely heard of this core fundamental . As Bellack points out, this is all about accepting and then contributing to an idea or suggestion.

This concept is foundational to collaborating at a high-level, being a team that supports each other, trusts each other and are able to be their best when it comes to creativity and innovation.

As Bellack points out, “If a team member contributes a thought or idea and gets dismissed, they are less likely to initiate in the future and more likely to disengage from the process. With an attitude of “yes and,” we accept other people’s offers, ideas and even objections. Embracing “yes and” can give people the experience of creating on the spot. One idea leads to another and another, building higher until something amazing is created.

#2: Do Not Deny
Acceptance of the current situation is critical for a team to succeed. An improv scenario can only work if everyone involved commits. If it’s been established that you’re in a submarine exploring Marianas Trench, then everyone who joins in has to work from that premise.

The current reality may not be optimal, but pretending that it is and planning from there is like getting directions on your GPS and plugging in a completely different starting point than where you actually are…As a leader, acknowledging and accepting the current reality will give you a realistic starting point to help your team move forward.

You can read Rachel’s full article here – Improv To Improve for Business Leaders.

If you’re interested in learning more about how one of our improv-based Team Building Workshop might be a fit for your team, connect with Matt Horgan at or by phone at (404) 523-3141 x 205.

Team Building with Improv