Over the last few days, I’ve had several conversations with friends and colleagues all centered around the same topic:
Why is Applied Improvisation a useful training tool? There has to be more to it than fun and games, they say.
I’m always happy to enter the discussion. Here is some of what I say:
- Applied Improvisation is just one tool in the training toolbox. We teach and train skills to build more communicative/collaborative and engaged work environments. Many of these skills are shared with those of an Improviser
- It can push people out of their comfort zone, to increase their ability to navigate the unknown, adapt, and think on their feet in pressure-filled and difficult circumstances
- It provides a new framework and principles to train hot-button issues like innovation/creativity/collaboration
- It uses storytelling techniques, which is an important method for retaining, communicating and giving meaning to information
- It aids adult learning by engaging the participants “whole brain”, and encouraging self-reflection through debrief
- Applied Improv techniques allow participants the opportunity to role-play scenarios and behaviors and “practice their performance” with real-time feedback
- It uses humor to engage, and laughter to release dopamine in the brain, which activates learning centers.
- It is fully customize-able – not a one-size-fits-all approach to training