Day 1: Reset. Play. Discuss. Repeat.
A fun, relaxed overview of who and how we all are. It’s true to say that studies, careers, family, digital overwhelm and inevitable pandemic trauma can make us all less flexible and more stressed. Day One introduces the vital element of play with new friends. We’ll explore human social interaction through an improvisational lens, using the key improv tenets of ‘Yes, And’, ‘active listening’ and ‘making your partner look good’. There’ll be plenty of time to try stuff out, get it wrong and chat about what we’ve learned – all in a low-risk, high-reward environment.
Day 2: Trust. Status. Presentation.
The first part of the morning revisits the previous day’s lessons and invites a positive mindset. There’ll be exercises that explore trust (don’t worry, though: no ‘trust falls’ here) and status, both from the point of view of the person speaking and the audience. The afternoon is a rich creative table of games and low-risk presentational work that encourages everyone to be comfortable with stepping out of the ‘comfort zone’ (how far you push yourself is up to you). Expect an encounter with your inner critic and lots of positive opportunities to try, fail, and try again.
Week 1: Reset and Refresh.
A fun group invitation to explore who we are and how we are. Studies, careers, family, digital overwhelm and inevitable pandemic trauma all make us less flexible, less creative and more stressed. This first week bonds everyone and swiftly introduces the vital element of play.
Week 2: Agreement.
We explore social interaction via key social-science research and through the lens of tentpole improv tenets: ‘Yes, And’, ‘active listening’ and ‘making your partner look good’. Try stuff out, get it wrong and chat about what we’ve learned, in a low-risk, high-reward environment.
Week 3: Story.
This week, take the focus off yourself and put it on your material. The session invites cohesion via group presentation and, building on the previous week, experiments and discussions around how to engage and maintain audience attention while remaining pleasantly in control.
Week 4: Trust.
You’ll practise exercises that explore trust in a safe way from the viewpoint of both speaker and audience. We examine status, and discuss how body language colours every offer. Expect an encounter with your inner critic and find lots of opportunities to try, fail, and try again.
Week 5: Authenticity.
The group makes a leap forward in presenting subject matter with authenticity in the quest to crystallise each participant’s unique voice. We use a range of approaches to unlock personal confidence with a commitment to our own viewpoint, while still having compassion for others.
Week 6: Consolidation.
The final session is a reinforcement of learning outcomes as we revisit fun exercises. There’s a rich creative table of games and presentational work that continues to encourage stepping outside of the ‘comfort zone’ (however, the distance you push yourself is up to you). Notice with pleasure how far you’ve come since Week One.