Improv is FUN
We spend half of our lives at work. Many of us see our coworkers more than we see our spouses and children. Work can and should be fun -- why not? The individualistic ideas of climbing the corporate ladder, regardless of the cost to those around us, doesn't work in today's work environment. Genuine relationships based on mutual respect in a collaborative environment help generate innovative ideas and foster creativity.
We don't do the Trust Fall
While improv is experiential, we aren't relying on the brut strength required in catching a coworker falling backwards into the arms of their cube mates. The Trust Fall, a team-building exercise so common it's become cliche, doesn't offer practical, applicable skills that you can take into your very next meeting. Improv does -- and in the process, you build a sense of trust with your teammates. Through the skills you'll learn in improv, this trust is lasting and can be practiced again and again as your culture shifts to one of collaboration and support.
It's not about being Funny
Don't worry, we're not expecting anyone to be the next Amy Pohler or Tina Fey. We're not funny like them either. If the thought of performing freaks you out, don't worry -- you're not alone, and that's not what we're going for. All we ask is that you show up willing to play. 'Being funny' certainly isn't a requisite for learning the skills or practicing them well. Rather, learning to listen, noticing the details, and being present in a scene (or meeting) are the skills that make for a successful improviser.