For years, Business Improv’s innovative corporate training programs have helped professionals improve their communication, leadership, management, and team building skills. To learn more about our training, the positive effect our classes have had on our graduates, and how we can help your organization, we invite you to read the articles below.
Going off the cuff helps learning and performance. Take it from Ben Folds, jazz musicians in an MRI machine and an improv company’s founder.
Orchestra. Although he didn’t play “Kate” — a personal favorite for obvious reasons — he did deliver on the one thing every audience member expected and waited patiently for: his improvised song of the night that always has the same title but never sounds the same twice.read more
Long before Amy Poehler became famous for her comic roles as Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live,” and as indefatigable bureaucrat Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation,” she was a college freshman looking for something to do outside class. During her first week on campus, she auditioned for the school’s improvisational theater group, “My Mother’s Fleabag,” and discovered a passion. “Everyone was getting to act and be funny and write and direct and edit all at the same time,” she writes in her memoir, Yes, Please. “My college life sort of exploded in happiness,” she adds.read more
Stand up in front of a group. No script. No prep. No rules. This is improv… in a way. It’s not quite as scary as that, even though that set-up is likely to send many an introvert running in the opposite direction. And in fact, what looks like a completely spontaneous improv situation actually DOES have rules, and there are ways to prepare yourself. Sure, there’s no script, but life doesn’t have a script, so who needs one? View whole story here.
In this edition of “The Wacky World of Work,” host James Tehrani talks to Bob Kulhan, the CEO of Business Improvisations, about ways business leaders can develop their improvisation skills. Tehrani and Kulhan even tell a story together about Japanese snow monkeys, and Kulhan croons part of his song “Christmas Hot Pants.”
Business Improv is super excited for our great friends at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business for their outstanding achievement of claiming the coveted “Top Business School in America!” The Duke Fuqua School is such a phenomenal establishment and produces some of the very best MBAs, who are truly prepared for the workforce when they leave. We’re so proud to be able to partner with the #1 Business School in the country! Duke Fuqua was where Business Improv all began and through their great partnership, we were able to launch the world’s very first credit bearing improvisation business class; a class that will be in it’s 16th iteration this coming January. Once again, congratulations!
In addition to that exciting news, we are also thrilled to announce that our other fantastic University partners, Columbia Business School and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, were ranked #5 and #11 in the country, respectively! What an incredible honor to partner with three of the top eleven business schools in the country!read more
Business Improv is thrilled to welcome you to our blog! We’ve been hard at work coming up with a lot of great content to share with you, whether it be through posting newly released articles, showing you our latest video, or just sharing our thoughts on improv’s role in business and beyond. We’ll be posting regularly, so check back often!
To kick things off, we’ll start by asking a simple question: Is your team brainstorming for new ideas at its highest potential? Check out this article, written for Training Industry Magazine by our very own Bob Kulhan, for some fresh new tips on leading a better brainstorm!read more
“Focusing on adaptation to change, stress management and teaming, your improv team was able to bring these lessons to life. The “on your feet” approach combined with a high level of participation involvement made for a most enjoyable learning environment. Our team went away revived and refreshed and they learned tools to help them better deal with change on a personal and project level.”
Director, ERP Programs,
University of Notre Dame
“The overt problem: Naming a new software product that will consume half of our company’s resources over the next two years. A big investment, and worthy of considerable thought to communicate the quality and usefulness of this product!
The underlying problem: Getting nine directors of the company to all agree on this name! Enter the recent student of Bob Kulhan’s Business Improvisations class with a raft of new/old ideas. You’ve heard of brainstorming, thinking outside the box, and making new associations, but the practical application of those techniques, in a vibrant, exercise oriented, on-your-feet class brought it all to new heights for me! I took it all home and ran that “Name-Brain” meeting with aplomb… and the results were phenomenal!We actually named the product, with 100% participation, building on each other’s ideas, and total buy in. (Now if we can just Trade-Mark it!) And the level of excitement within the company at having that unified choice is terrific.”
Director, Business Products
Environmental Systems Corp