How to start a conversation with MOO

Moo.com is one of our favorite places for clever business ideas and they just let us in on a little secret. You can use their mini cards for teambuilding! Just print up a batch of conversation starter questions (like the ones pictured above) and hand them out at the beginning of your weekly team meetings. It will get the convo flowing and encourage your group to talk about more than “what are you doing for lunch?”. These mini-cards are also great for client meetings and one-on-one chats. Give them a try.

Need help finding a creative way to get your team inspired for 4th quarter? Let DuMore Improv take care of it. We’d love to bring our Intro to Improv, Storytelling for Business or Improvisation for Innovation workshop to your office. Or create a custom workshop designed just for your team. Either way – guaranteed fun!

 

GO TEAM!
Cheers, Allison & Elizabeth

 

P.S. Now, here’s a real Moo-inspired team meeting.

 

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Add a little improv to your lesson plan!

Remember how exciting the first day of school was? Loading up your book bag with virgin notebooks and putting on your game face. Just because you’re a little older doesn’t mean you can’t own August with a badass back-to-school attitude! Learn something knew with a continuing education course at your local university or community college, sign up for a free online class at Coursera (Elizabeth is taking songwriting!) or better yet, host a DuMore Improv workshop at your office or school and let us teach you some new tricks.

This back-to-school season, DuMore Improv is excited to be teaching over 500 MBA students entering programs at universities across the Southeast. Plus, we’re back for an encore session teaching entering doctoral students at Harvard Business School and we traveled to California to work with business and community leaders at UC Berkeley. Our Improvisation Basics for Business workshop helps students connect with each other early in the semester and jumpstarts their teamwork and collaboration skills from the get-go. This approach works for corporate teams, too, and helps groups refocus after summer vacation and get energized about 4th quarter.

Be sure to follow DuMore Improv on Facebook, where we’ll be featuring a free weekly improv lesson! We’ll post an easy-to-learn improv game every week that you can play with your co-workers, students, friends, family or people you meet in line at Starbucks. Comment, tweet or drop us an email and let us know how you like the games!

Happy Learning!
Allison & Elizabeth

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The Last-Minute Improviser’s Holiday Gift Guide!

‘Tis the season for exchanging gifts – which requires using all of your improv skills! Remember to listen for clues about what your loved ones really want, make good offers (and a very clear Christmas list!) and say “Yes, And” to whatever goodies appear under your tree. Then you’re all set to create a beautiful holiday scene.

All this talk about gift giving got the DuMore Improv gals thinking about what we’d like to see in our stockings this year. Check out our Last-Minute Improviser’s Gift Guide below for shopping inspiration. We bet someone on your list would enjoy these treats. Eat, drink and improvise!

ALLISON’S LIST:
“Bossy Pants” by Tina Fey – wisdom from the improv genius herself
Fitbit – a discreet accessory for tracking your stepsVanity Fair – magazine for great storytelling and Fast Company for great ideas
Giant Post-Its – because Romy and Michelle invented them
EG Windsor – elegant Earl Grey tea and sage infused Windsor vodka crafted by our friend Matt at EG Spirits

ELIZABETH’S LIST:
Kate Spade SAY YES earrings – a little reminder to say “Yes, And “every day
“Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn” by John Maxwell – new book from an inspiring author
Wine Awesomeness Membership – great wine on the cheap gets your creative juices flowing!
Word. Notebooks – 2014 is bound to be full of crazy ideas
Perfect Bacon Bowl – clearly the result of some genius improvisational innovative thinking

Don’t forget about our Facebook Fun Fridays this December. We’re playing our holiday themed 185 joke game again with weekly prize winners. You’ve got 2 weeks to get in on the action!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cheers, Allison & Elizabeth
Have a joyful & restful holiday!
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