Improv(e) your team with customized workshops to fit your corporate needs.
The push for improv in the workspace is real: our corporate clients include multiple fields such as public relation firms, medical companies, high end retailers, and engineers. You name it, we’ve certainly done a “Yes, and!” with our diverse clientele.
What’s so different with our approach? We keep things manageable and customized – each corporate inquiry starts with a call to talk about your goals. Then our team of educators create a plan that focuses on your individual needs to improve your team. Your workshop will be unique. Just like your company.
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, or email us for more information on how your group can “Yes, and!” You can also peek at our (growing) client list to see who we’ve Improv(e)d in the corporate sector.
Step out of the box with tailored continuing education and development workshops that help your company level up. Impersonal mass produced products and experiences aren’t your thing, so why should your professional development be?
Q. How long are your workshops?
A. Workshops range from half hour intro sessions, to full day intensives. We also hold recurring workshops with many clients.
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. Because our work is customized, 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 a lot on space, budget, and your goals, but we’ve done workshops from 5-300 participants.
Q. Do you teach outside of NY, NC, and CA?
A. Absolutely. We have been hired to improv(e) clients all over the country. 20 states and counting!
Q. What happens in a workshop?
A. All of our corporate workshops are customized to reach our clients 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…: Improv is a buzzy business word for companies, and we aren’t the only company that does it. So why work with us? We aren’t actors, we aren’t tied to a theatre and we ONLY work with professionals. We listen to our clients and create curriculum that connects to their goals. Sample improv focuses include improving communication skills, getting to know one another better, thinking creatively, improving intergenerational communication, confidence and improv for women, working through institutional changes and dozens more
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 acknowledgement of the unfamiliarity as well as the potential silly nature of these activities should take place, but equally noting 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 us for more information and a customized proposal!
COACHING FOR INDIVIDUALS
In addition to our group workshops and classes, The Engaging Educator now offers one-on-one private coaching with our communication experts. We offer coaching in a variety of areas, including: public speaking, media training, visual communication, elevator pitches, speech writing, and communication strategy.
Any questions? Contact us for a quick consultation. You’ll work with our Engagers to create the most effective session for your needs.
MINNA is a NYC based communication coach. Her company, Energizeyourvoice.net, focuses on helping professionals discover their full voice in order to unlock their full potential. She coaches people into presence and rediscovering their authentic self through personalized programs suited to the individual or institution. Her methods are founded in business strategy with a heavy emphasis on play and moment to moment discovery.
OLIVE is an NYC based writer, speaker, and trainer. She passionately believes that strong communication skills can improve an individual’s personal and professional life. It is with immense gratitude that she’s able to share her passion by coaching professionals who want to become powerful storytellers, speakers, and leaders.
JILL was an NYC Teaching Fellow, and earned her Masters of Science in Teaching at Pace University. Jill believes in the fusion of individualized education and artistic practice; that creativity and collaboration are key elements to productive learning experiences for people of all ages and professions.
JEN is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Engaging Educator, and currently offers coaching in the Winston Salem area and beyond. Through EE, her pedagogical approach of Improv as Continuing Education has reached thousands of people – all non-actors! – with the awesomeness that is Improv.
HILLARY has worked as a museum educator for the last ten years and most recently was the Head of Education at The Walt Disney Family Museum. Hillary credits her success as an educator with her childhood training in theater and Improv. Although her years as an actor were short lived, the skills of flexibility, adaptability and communication have been invaluable in her career.