Improv as a company training tool, or a personal development growth method isn’t anything new, however, its value as a training tool is increasingly being recognised. It certainly doesn’t hurt that some of the most bankable stars in showbiz (Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Key & Peele, Bill Murray…) have improv training.
That’s a great boost for improv training in general, and has most certainly had some influence in improv’s massive growth recently. Improvisers are funny. But the thing is: (and this is somewhat controversial, but important) being funny isn’t at all important for improv.
Of course, if you want to be a comedy star, you need to be funny, but if you want to reap the benefits of improv in your work or personal life, being funny isn’t relevant.
“Improv removes the need to be right all the time. Improv frees one to say, “I don’t know.” And improv takes the focus off you as an individual, and places it on the group, and the common good.”
Our lives are in quite a large part, completely unscripted. We all make up stuff as we go along. At Marbles Improv we give you the tools and training to become more comfortable accessing more of your resources. We provide a vocabulary, and put these ideas into actions, so you can train yourself to access more of your resources. The focus is on how you can apply the improv skills and principles for your personal and professional development, something that is often known as Applied Improvisation.
“Improv instructors teach their students how to be confident, collaborative, emotionally in tune, natural content creators and great listeners. Sound familiar? They’re all also vital skills for successful marketers.”
Our experiential approach means you have a safe environment to learn and practice. There are purpose and clear explanations to every activity, with time for questions and debriefs. Again, being funny isn’t important, although the classes are always fun.
“Not only does it hone communication and public speaking skills, it also stimulates fast thinking and engagement with ideas. On a deeper level, improv chips away at mental barriers that block creative thinking.”
We’re not training you to perform on stage, we’re training you to perform better in life. And the skills of improvisation are really advanced communication skills that often get missed in both personal and professional contexts. But we can give your skills a boost, and have a ton of fun while doing it! Read what journalists are saying about improv training.
Whether for you, someone you know, or your company, we can help you. Get in touch.