Communicating and Relationship with Tandigm Health

Recently Tandigm Health came to our theater for a workshop on collaborating, communicating and establishing and maintaining relationships. We covered a lot of ground in our time together and had a blast with this fun group of expert communicators.

Tandigm Health helps medical professionals do their work easier, faster and better. This group delivers innovative and useful tools for primary care physicians and rely on communicating effectively, listening excellently and the ability to engineer creative solutions.

Communicating is an important skill for any professional team. Any of us could be working on one project with coworkers, clients or vendors – sometimes all three. Juggling these levels of communication can be a lot to manage.

In improvisation, our ability to establish and build relationships is key. When we walk on stage into a scene, we don’t know what’s on our scene-partner’s mind. As we are communicating exactly who we are, and discovering who the other performers are, we are also building a relationship with the audience watching the show. Not only are we building a world from nothing, we are hopefully doing it in a way that is interesting and compelling to watch!

Tandigm is a tight knit team. They were comfortable taking risks and having fun, which lead to a lot of enthusiasm and energy.

Two brave souls roleplay a scenario while a rapt audience observes!

If your team of outstanding communicators want to explore their skills even further, get in touch with us today! Come and check out our theater, or we’ll come to your office!

Presentation and Creativity with LaunchX

We had a terrific time exploring presentation skills with the entrepreneurs at LaunchX‘s summer program at UPenn!

Each summer, LaunchX works with high school students on creating and designing their own businesses. You read that right. This is not a business plan competition: over the course of four weeks, these students will actually realize a new start up.

With that great task comes a lot of unique challenges. The ability to clearly communicate ideas to a panel of experts is imperative. So is understanding all the ways we can communicate to an audience. Our workshop addressed the skills needed to create an effective presentation.

Presentation and Non-Verbal Communication

One aspect of the workshop focused on body language. According to some research, 55% of our message is delivered by how we handle ourselves. When we are presenting a new idea, we can get nervous or excited and sometimes that energy can bubble up to the surface in ways we don’t intend. Similarly, the way we carry ourselves shapes the way we feel about what we are saying.

In improv, the way our performers carry themselves and occupy space on stage can be a valuable tool. If someone is a king, they can take large strides as they move, speak loudly, and command space. If someone is a cat, they may act more reserved, stalking about the space, using small movements and behaviors that show what they are rather than having to simply address who they are.

It was interesting to see how comfortable the workshop participants were with each other. They have been working together for a number of weeks and were terrific. That meant less time on warming up and more time getting in the presentation head-space.

It was a lot of fun to see this brilliant group of teens open up and learn through improvisation!

If you want to learn more about non-verbal communication, get in touch with us today!

Corporate Improv with Ballard Spahr

Being anywhere for the first time can be intimidating. Ballard Spahr understands this, and as part of their orientation for summer associates, they use a corporate improv workshop to break the ice. This is a fun and entertaining way to break up the associate’s first experience with the firm. Our session today focused on the skills that matter most to lawyers: presentation, communicating, and taking risks.

Learning while having fun with Corporate improv

There is a point in every corporate improv workshop when the participants have to decide to have fun. After you see the people around you taking risks, doing something silly and outside of their comfort zone, their is an immediate and profound pull to honor their effort by making an effort of your own. This room is full of sharp and personable personalities. They take to the material right away.

We spent a part of this workshop exploring presentation skills. This means making participants aware of each tool in their arsenal when conveying information. Body language, for instance, has a direct effect on how our message is received as well as how it is delivered. We tend to be at our most effective when we carry ourselves confidently, and people who we are talking to notice.

Every corporate improv workshop we do is customized to the group we are working with. That means for a group like this, we have the opportunity to heavily emphasize fun to go along with the actual learning. Fun is an important aspect to the workshops we do. We find that people learn best when they are actually engaged and enjoying themselves. Rather than subject everyone to a powerpoint presentation about communciating, to get people on their feet playing with one another is what makes our workshops so successful.

If you’d like to explore communication skills or presentation skills or revisit some the aspects that makes your team truly unique, contact PHIT Corporate today and we’ll show you what we can do to help!

Interpersonal Skills Exploration with Exelon

We were excited to host a workshop on interpersonal skills as a part of the a retreat for Exelon‘s Talent Management team. The Talent Management team is a tight-knit crew who are engaged in various levels of communication – with their own team, their own management and the company at large. This group featured employees from all across the country who work with C-level executives and senior management.

This group are communication masters. We didn’t plan on telling them anything new, or approaching any skills that they weren’t already using. Instead, we explored how important all aspects of communicating are, the effects clear communication can have on our team, and how we can think more critically of how we are communicating.

One challenge PHIT often addresses with a corporate workshop is working with a team that doesn’t regularly meet face to face. Exelon’s Talent Management team is always in communication with each other via phone, email, video teleconferencing, but are only together once or twice a year. We knew this time was valuable to the team and wanted to make sure our part of their day left a lasting impression.

exploring interpersonal skills

Exelon deals in nuclear power. That means we are talking about super-smart personalities with a lot of responsibilities. We are also talking about high pressure situations that the Talent Management team often find themselves in. Trying to maintain composure while dealing with powerful personalities can be difficult to manage.

 

Plannin’ a party with Exelon!

Improvisation allows us to look at interpersonal skills through effective listening and communication. Being clear in our actions and words goes a long way to clearing a lot of frustrations before they start. Improv forces people to listen closely to those around us and dig deeper to find the root of what is being conveyed.

If you want to take your understanding of the tools you rely on every day to the next level, get in touch with PHIT Corporate today and we’ll show you how we can help!

4 Types of Workshop Wallflowers

(And how we uproot them)

One of my favorite parts of taking in a new group for a corporate workshop is sizing up the Wall Flowers. There is always at least one in every group, sometimes more. Below are the different type of Workshop Wallflowers, and approximately how long it takes the flip them from being on the outside looking in to becoming engaged.

1. Bashful
This is our favorite wallflower – someone who is mortified of public performance. Quiet, nervous, maybe even trembling in fear while participating in any teambuilding.

Our workshops are specifically designed to make everyone WANT to participate. Once someone with stage fright sees everyone else doing something silly it feels unnatural, even for them, to let their coworkers handle all the heavy lifting.

2. Skeptical
We would say most wallflowers fall under this category. And we’ll admit, maybe its even fair for them to be skeptical. If they’ve only ever seen the hokey trash that has passed for years as “teambuilding” they’d be right to be skeptical.

For them, at best, this is just another day not at a desk. Skeptics are also the quickest wallflowers to turn around. We’re sure they can’t even pinpoint the exact spot they “plug in-” but once we switch them they are 100% on board.

3. Too-Cool-For-This
At some point, someone convinced this group that “ironic disattachment” was the most hilarious and impressive thing people could do. This specific type of wallflower is pleased to have a new venue to show how cool they can be. These lumps participate, but are actively trying to derail the exercises.

Our favorite part is watching as they realize a) improv is actually fun, and b) our facilitators and exercises are funnier than them. After the workshop, this is the one type of person in any group who is most likely to ask for information on taking a class. Without fail.

4. Worry Wort
This wallflower is unable to put down their phone and connect with the rest of their team. Surely, the most important call of the day will come during this workshop! These folks can be tougher to manage.

We get it, at certain times customers or big sales could be important – but no workshop is long enough to delay your response to anything more than a reasonable time. Our facilitators aren’t going to stop anyone from using their phone or taking a call, but once worry worts know when we’ll have breaks and when we’ll wrap up for the day they can usually set aside their fears and jump right in!

If your company has a few flowers on the wall and you want to open them up, contact PHIT Comedy today for a corporate workshop designed to get your workplace moving.