Improv(e) your team with customized workshops that fit your corporate needs.
Maybe you want your team to listen and lead effectively. Maybe you want them to feel confident when they pitch or present to clients – or potential clients. Maybe you want to tell your brand story in a way that it connects to your clients, meets them where they are at and gets them to get what you can do. Maybe it’s a bit of the first, much of the second, and all of the third. You’ve worked with other companies and have gotten either what feels like a cookie cutter program or something that wasn’t interactive and only connected with a few employees. Essentially all bang, no flash. Guess what? We have a customized way to design a program for you and your team.
Our approach develops and enriches communication and presentation skills, enhances storytelling capabilities and focuses leadership and employee personal and professional development. We know there are a lot of corporate programs for learning and development. What’s so different about ours? We keep things manageable and customized – each corporate inquiry starts with a call to talk about your goals. Then our team of educators creates a plan that focuses on your individual needs, time frame, team, and goals.
Your workshop will be unique, just like your company.
Our corporate clients include public relation firms, sales and marketing teams, medical organizations, high-end retailers, engineers, museum professionals, CEOs, new hires and more. You name it, we’ve certainly done a “Yes, and!” with our diverse clientele. We’ve polished presentation skills, focused on listening and client interaction, enhanced communication skills, increased initiative and positive risk taking and provided a fun experience (one that doesn’t involve rock-climbing or trust falls!) with companies around the US.
Take a look at our company offerings brochure, email us for more information on how your group can “Yes, and!” or check out some sample focuses below! You can also peek at our (growing) client list to see who we’ve Improv(e)d in the corporate sector.
Q. How long are your workshops?
A. Workshops range from half hour intro sessions to full day intensives. We also hold recurring workshops and always offer a continuing education option.
Q. Where do you hold your workshops?
A. Most clients bring us onsite for sessions, but we have a variety of rental spaces we utilize for offsite sessions.
Q. How much do workshops cost?
A. Due to our customization, prices vary. We find we can easily whip up a proposal and budget estimate after a quick phone call to discuss your participants and goals.
Q. How many people can participate in a session?
A. This depends on space, budget, and your goals. We’ve done workshops from 5-300 participants, and can lead concurrent and consecutive workshops in one day.
Q. Do you teach outside of NY, NC, and CA?
A. Absolutely. We have been hired to improv(e) clients internationally.
Q. What happens in a workshop?
A. All of our corporate workshops are customized to reach our client’s needs. Here are a two sample workshop focuses:
Presentation Skills: Using prepared upcoming or past presentations, our facilitators work on polish, advanced skills, and personalized feedback. We take the participants in the room, and through interactive activities, make them better, more effective speakers complete with activities and information on how they can continue to improve when we leave the room. This can include video components, multiple workshops, multiple facilitators, one-on-one meetings, storytelling components that focus on brand and mission development and a full continuing education plan.
Improv For Communication Skills: Using interactive, improv-based learning and activities we focus on day-to-day and higher level communication skills. From listening and responding to positive communication and conflict management, we use interactive learning and reflection that works with the individuals in the room. We focus on ‘So What’ and ‘Now What’ – sure, these activities are fun and allow for team building – they also have real connections to everyday communication and interactions, as well as the Now What – you’ve realized what you need to work on, what next? Improv is a buzzy business word for companies and there’s no shortage of ‘improv for professional development’ articles on Inc, Forbes and more.
Storytelling and Presentation Skills: We know you have a great story – does your audience? Storytelling is a big part of brand and company culture and it truly is an art form. We’ll work with your brand, information, employees, and style and help you bring out the best version for you and your audience. This workshop pairs well with brief presentation skills practice to polish and refine personal and professional style, as well as individualized feedback for authentic communication.
We’ve also focused on:
-Storytelling + Brand Building
-Creativity and Problem Solving
-Improving intergenerational communication
-Working Through Change
-Yes, And Communication
-Positive Risk-Taking + Initiative
-Flexibility + Change
-Teamwork + Teambuilding
-Networking in the Office
-Improv for Women Empowerment
Bring some interactive, effective and fun professional development to your team instead of the same old boring lecture! Email us for a consultation today!
Museums, Institutions, Universities, Centers–come one, come all.
The Engaging Educator began with our Founder Jen wanting to help fellow Museum Educators become more flexible and interactive in the galleries. Since then, we’ve expanded to working with everyone who isn’t an actor, and our heart and soul is still with our fellow educators! We love to help with better communication skills, flexibility, audience-centered thinking and a more engaging teaching style. Since all of our programs are customized, we can work with you and your budget – whether you work at a museum, historical society, cultural institution or college, we’ve inspired educators of all kinds with our interactive workshops. Activities can include a combination of professional development skills as well as practical ideas that can be used the very same day!
We’ve come in for talks (to be honest, not our favorite – we like to get people up and moving!), workshops ranging from 45-minute lunch sessions to multi-day, multi-audience sessions, and audience engagement consulting and programs. Focusing on our main guidepost of Improv-based Education, we’ve customized programs for thousands of educators in cultural organizations around the US – many programs that are still in practice and growing today.
Want to know more about what we teach in Museums? Take a peek at this article from The Journal of Museum Education for our focus:
“Improv education, as well as in certain improv activities, can help gallery educators better connect and communicate with their audiences. Many of these activities are perceived to be silly when considered for museum work and teaching pedagogy; while it can be argued that these activities will result in discomfort, much of that discomfort stems from an attempt at something foreign. The skills fostered within improv education that connect to gallery teaching far surpass initial discomfort from unfamiliar teaching approaches. An acknowledgment of the unfamiliarity as well as the potential silly nature of these activities should take place, but equally note the value of practicing skills in a heightened reality. If a mistake is made in an improv conversation, it ends and can be reflected upon, with no harm done. If that same misstep is made with a visitor, that visitor may not return to the museum. Improv education allows individuals to practice and hone skills that are generally not addressed within any professional development setting. Acceptance, validation, multitasking, careful listening, focus and comfort with failure are all qualities gallery teachers are expected to have but are not often given the tools to enhance and master.”
Full article with examples for the gallery can be found here!
Ready to bring Yes, And to the Museum? Contact us for more information and a customized proposal!
COACHING FOR INDIVIDUALS
In addition to our group workshops and classes, The Engaging Educator offers in person and Skype coaching. We can not only help you deliver incredible presentations, prepare for talks and interviews, we also can help your greater communication style and help you be a better listener, speaker, and communicator!
Sample focuses include:
Presentation Preparation and Coaching
Positive Conflict Management
Facilitator and Feedback Training
General Public Speaking + Polish
Elevator Pitch + Networking Skills
Interview Prep – College + Job
New Leader Coaching
Working Out What You Want
Contact us for a free consultation and to set up an appointment. You’ll work with our Engagers to create the most effective session for your needs. We are available for In-Person, Skype/Facetime or Phone Coaching.