Here is an Email I just sent to an international team I will be work with in a few weeks to promote the upcoming session to their attendees:
Facilitator/Teacher, Walt Frasier brings 25+ years of professional theater and comedy to the room, with 17+ years in corporate team building and leadership training. International TV, theater and comedy credits include HBO, MTV, Letterman, Billions, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Lilyhammer, off Broadway theater, Broadway musical tours, and music (opera, piano/singer, church soloist). Corporate Clients include Google, Mercedes Benz, META /Facebook, TikTok, JP Morgan Chase, Accenture, Morgan Stanley, Twitter, Roblox, Rimowa, EI Digital, Accenture, Datadog HQ, Milbank, BING/Microsoft, Band of America – Merrill Lynch, Home Depot, Ernst & Young, Johnson & Johnson, Louis Vuitton, Coach, UBS, BDO, AMEX, Master Card, Macy’s, 360i, IBM, GM, Kraft, UNILEAVER, HBO, Prudential, Convene, Conference Board and many more…https://newyorkimprovtheater.com/corporate-training-center/
- Walter’s #1 Rule: HAVE FUN, but never at another’s expense!
- Improv #1 Rule: YES! AND… We support our team (Psychological Safety) through acceptance, and respect for their person and ideas, creating a safe space to collaborate AND we pull our own weight (performance drive) in support of the team and common objectives.
- #1 Skill in Comedy: Listening!!! Listening with our eyes, Listening with the willingness to change.
Psychological Safety has been identified as the #1 success factor of a great team (See 2015 Project Aristotle, by Google). It’s not enough to value our team, but that EVERY member of our team feels valued. Balanced with performance drive,.we enter the learning zone together. Team Building of any nature ONLY works when the leadership embraces creating Psychological Safety. Their is no team building without great leadership.
Simply playing Improv Theater and comedy games creates better listeners. We heighten our focus. Listening has been identified as the #1 trait in a great leader. We prefer to avoid terms like managers and bosses. Rather, LEADERS serve their team, leading by example, and setting up their team for success. This requires to truly listen to your team, as opposed to hearing them out,following the MBA script and simply issuing orders to be followed. Leaders create an atmosphere in which their team will thrive and want to contribute their best work. https://www.inc.com/serhat-pala/how-to-be-better-at-the-one-trait-all-truly-great-leaders-possess.htmlI
n addition to listening and focus, Improv develops creativity,critical thinking, public speaking, self confidence, self awareness and more. We use Improv to build teams, leadership, sales and service skills. https://newyorkimprovtheater.com/corporate-training-center/
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