Foundations of Collaboration

Tap into your “in the moment” leadership and communication abilities with on-your-feet practice at accepting new ideas, taking risks, building strategies and collaborating effectively. Participants learn how improv skills apply directly to their work and discover new ways to lead, listen, innovate and connect. A fresh new take on professional development and teambuilding!

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Meetings That Work

In this workshop, participants will examine challenges around meetings more deeply, explore new ideas, perform experiments and test hypotheses. These eye-opening exercises help participants ditch the idea of “always doing things the same way” and learn new rules for interaction. This workshop looks closely at our meeting behaviors, aims at developing better meeting “norms” and helps to get better results in less time.

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Storytelling for Success

Pitches, presentations, proposals – they’re all part of our daily business life. But how do you deliver the important details and get the response you want in a quick and engaging way? The secret is storytelling. Find out how improvisation and storytelling skills can help you craft a tale that will make people take action. You’ll also learn how to listen and respond to your audience without throwing your story and intent off track.

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Diversity and Inclusion

It is often easier to empathize with those who are similar to ourselves than those with other backgrounds, ethnicities, education levels, personality types and generations. Using Stanislavski’s “Magic If” participants will identify the positive and negative emotions you share with those different from yourself and work through exercises for empathizing with teammates from other backgrounds. Improv exercises to foster empathy and open up dialogue to discover similarities, differences and misconceptions between teammates will be the focus.

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Emotional Intelligence

Today’s leaders need the ability to navigate through unexpected challenges, foster innovation, and build organizations where people thrive. Research shows emotional intelligence improves leadership effectiveness, employee retention, organizational culture, and your bottom line. This workshop focuses on self-awareness, social awareness and how to use that awareness to build better relationships and teams.

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Fearless Public Speaking

Even the clearest and best planned presentations can fall prey to our own nerves and stage fright. In this workshop we will practice how to overcome nervousness, craft a compelling story and deliver it with lasting impact. Ways to handle Q&A and meet your audience’s needs while being aware of your own non-verbals and get a read on your audience will be crucial skills covered as well.

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Embracing Change

Continual change is the norm in today’s uncertain economy, and leaders, managers, and supervisors must implement the changes that their companies mandate. In this workshop, participants will learn tools to help in accepting uncertainty in a more positive mindset, and how to take consistent, incremental steps forward during times of change.

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High Stakes Conversations

High Stakes Conversations happen when misalignment and strong emotions threaten productive communication. At all levels of our organization we must be prepared to create an environment of open dialogue that fosters unity and commitment. In this workshop, improvisational exercises will be combined with the knowledge shared in the books “Difficult Conversations”, “Crucial Conversations”, “Fierce Conversations” and “Thanks for the Feedback.”

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Better One on Ones

Regular one-on-one meetings can seem redundant, especially if all of your projects are on track and you’re not sure you really have anything to check in on. But one-on-one meetings are much more than just a check in about daily work and can be an opportunity to discuss successes, growth, professional development, and more. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create one-on-one’s that exist to help leaders figure out how you can make good employees happy and keep them around and how to keep managers happy with your performance and having you on their team.

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Our curriculum is flexible and customizable so your team can work on the skills that are key to your particular business. From brainstorm warm-ups to active listening to storytelling, we have a wide range of topics to choose from.

We know the word “improv” can make people nervous, so we make sure that:

  • Our training focuses on cooperation and collaboration
  • Exercises are done in pairs or groups so no one is ever put on the spot
  • We deliver our learning objectives through a combination of lecture, demonstration and on-your-feet improv exercises
  • After each exercise, we discuss the core learning objective and how you can apply it directly to your business

DuMore Improv workshops build self-awareness about how we communicate with co-workers, managers, employees and the people we interact with every day. Honing skills like active listening, innovative thinking, risk taking and decision making transforms the way our participants perform in and out of the office.

Not only will your team learn improv and business skills that will stick with them, they’ll do it amidst lots of laughs and great stories.