Hilarious hijinks help your team improve
their active listening and brainstorming skills.
In this fun and high energy event, teams learn specific skills for collaboration and brainstorming with their teammates, and then put those skills to use by creating an improv show. Teams practice a few improv techniques as taught by our staff, then they spend some time designing their show together. But when the “curtain” goes up, the “audience” will change the rules as the show proceeds, so quick-thinking and cooperation are essential. As outrageous as this event is, the content is very applicable to life in the workplace.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (5-10 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff greet the participants and briefly explain the flow of the program. We then lead some fun warm-up activities that get the group moving and ready to fully participate.
Intro Challenge (15-30 minutes) We jump right into the program with a thought provoking team activity that requires ideas and input from the entire group to solve. This gets the group engaged and thinking about what they want to get out of the program.
Thinking Types Module (30-45 minutes) Everyone is creative, just in different ways. This engaging activity helps participants identify what their creative qualities are, and how they can be an helpful part of the team collaboration process.
Intro to Improvisation (30 minutes) In this short session, participants learn some of the basic foundations of improvisation. By understanding these few simple steps, they are better able to be effective at brainstorming and collaboration in the workplace.
Improv Games (30-60 minutes) Teams participate in a series of fun but insightful games that build on the improv skills they learned to help develop listening, collaboration, and scene development.
- Paying attention to others This game teaches participants to pay close attention to the people in the group and what they are doing to help them better interact with others while collaborating.
- Build, Not Block This game illustrates the importance of accepting other people’s ideas and contributing to those ideas, instead of shutting others down and pushing a different agenda.
- Flexibility Story In this fun activity, teams practice previous skills together: listening to what others have said, adding to the ideas, and helping the entire team be successful in creating something together.
Collaboration Module (20 minutes) Teams learn a simple but effective process for brainstorming and collaboration. This process, when combined with the improv techniques, allows a group to freely and effectively brainstorm ideas and solutions.
Brainstorm Project (20-30 minutes) Small teams come up with a list of specific issues in the workplace that are causing them stress, or a list of potential projects to implement. The team then brainstorms a variety of solutions to these challenges using the whole-brain collaboration tools and their improv techniques to ensure a wide variety of options to implement.
Team Review & Wrap-up Activity (5-10 minutes) The team shares their observations about how they performed, and how to apply improv lessons to specific situations faced on the job. We end with a fun, but thought provoking activity and a great group picture.