Improvisation in Business Taster

Discover why improvisation is being taught by companies such as Google, Twitter, Pixar and more than half of the top business schools in the world.

What is improvisation and how can it help my business/organisation?

Improvisation is the art of creating scenes in the moment without any rehearsal or preparation. It is also the ability to deal with the unexpected with confidence and commitment. We all possess this natural ability and do it every day without realising it. We will help you identify this and how you can implement these simple and powerful techniques in your work environment. We will also explain the neuroscience behind the effectiveness of these techniques.

In this session you will learn how the skills and values required to perform improv are similar to those needed for a high performing and successful business, and how the practice of improvisation can help you develop these skills and values.

The skills and values are:

  • Communication
  • trust, innovation
  • confidence
  • adaptability
  • presence
  • collaboration

The session will be very interactive and you will take part in a set of example exercises. This will help you experience their effectiveness.  We will also discuss how and where certain techniques can be used to take your business to the next level of performance.

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JasonJason Delplanque is a professional Actor and Improviser. He studied acting at ACT Brighton (UK) graduating in 2002. He has appeared in many local & international commercials, TV and theatre. Jason has performed and taught improvisation with award-winning improv comedy company The Maydays (UK) since 2005. He also studied at the world-famous iO Chicago, and has performed at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.  In 2011 he returned to South Africa and co-founded Improv Cape Town – a community hub for sharing, training and developing the art of improvisation. He also established The Long Shots improv comedy troupe who perform & teach regular shows and classes. Jason has facilitated improvisation workshops focussing on agile leadership, living values, team building, creative collaboration with companies LEO Pharma (European-wide), Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Activate! (SA charity), Sandoz (UK), Broadgate Estates (London) BOO! Media (RSA), The Conspiracy Group (UK).

Burgert 150x150Burgert Kirsten is an Organisational Psychologist, Coach and Improvisational theatre actor. The topic for his Masters’ research was the use of Improvisational Theatre practices for creating a climate for team innovation.  In 2009 Burgert co-founded Playing Mantis, a creative training and development consultancyHe has facilitated improvisation workshops on topics such as adaptive leadership, team innovation, collaborative creativity vision and values alignment, facilitation and coaching skills and customer service at business schools such as the Gorden Institute for Business Science (GIBS), Wits Business School and the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), as well as companies such as SAB Miller, Siemens Health Care Diagnostic, Discovery, Deloitte, The Spar Group and Mediclinic.

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Date: Wednesday 28 May 2014
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Venue: 6 Spin Street, Cape Town, 8001 (view on Google map)
Cost: R100

For any more information please email or call 0796508885

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