Host an Improvisational Workshop
A fundamental principle in improv is the “Yes, and” technique – where participants build on — or heighten — a suggestion. “No”, isn’t allowed in improv as it stops the action… while “Yes, and” allows participants to not only further the action but make it better.
Improvisational classes teach participants to:
- think on their feet
- hone flexibility and cooperation
- practice confidence in the self
- trust in others
- have fun!
It’s no wonder why improvisational workshops have become a staple in the corporate world. Numerous Fortune 500 companies (Dupont, Ford, Google, Fidelity, Raytheon – to name a few) offer improv to their employees. In general, Improv develops cooperation, communication skills, and promotes innovation.
Look Out Second City, Chicago… your residents just might give em’ a run for their money!
Search online for reputable improv classes in your city. Contact these organizations and discuss with their instructors the possibility of starting an improv class at your community.
No existing classes in your area? Contact community theater groups or comedy clubs to find an instructor willing and excited to work with older adults. Recruit an instructor to come to your community for a one-time workshop or to teach a (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly) class. Some instructors might volunteer their time and others will require a fee so plan ahead in your budget.
Host a team building improv class for your management team and staff as well.
Everyone can benefit from improv!