The Power of Improv for Business Students
Students, instructors and employers describe the innovative approach of combining applied improv and business to equip students with increased confidence, effective communication and collaborative teamwork to thrive as future leaders.
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[00:00:00.510]Applied Improv training
[00:00:01.950]is creating a buzz at the College of Business.
[00:00:06.030]Because it has a proven track record
[00:00:08.400]to increase soft skills.
[00:00:10.200]Bottom line, it works,
[00:00:12.390]and it works fast.
[00:00:13.740]My experience with Applied Improv was empowering.
[00:00:20.790]It was exactly what I needed.
[00:00:23.160]Business and improv may not seem like a logical pair,
[00:00:26.370]but combine the two
[00:00:28.890]and you have a phenomenon.
[00:00:31.050]Each day I walked into our classroom.
[00:00:32.760]I felt fully invested in what we were doing.
[00:00:34.950]I couldn't have distracted myself if I tried
[00:00:37.200]because everything we were doing was fully engaging.
[00:00:40.050]One of the biggest takeaways
[00:00:41.670]was the change in my body language.
[00:00:44.220]We all tell stories with our bodies
[00:00:46.200]and I'm much more aware of that now.
[00:00:48.540]Being able to listen to others,
[00:00:50.280]keep a high tempo and focus
[00:00:51.870]has already affected my communication at school and at work.
[00:00:55.410]What Applied Improv helped me overcome was rejection.
[00:00:59.370]It helped me get over my anxiety
[00:01:01.440]about how others may perceive my ideas.
[00:01:04.590]It seems risky, but without risk,
[00:01:07.350]there is no innovation.
[00:01:08.940]Some of the activities take real courage
[00:01:11.100]with putting yourself out there.
[00:01:12.480]I mean, we danced,
[00:01:13.313]and that's something I would normally never do,
[00:01:16.020]but I truly believe
[00:01:17.250]that is where some of the growth and confidence happens.
[00:01:20.010]The training pushed me way past my comfort zone,
[00:01:22.800]and the results were astounding.
[00:01:25.170]It's impossible to overstate the importance
[00:01:27.900]of soft skills.
[00:01:28.980]In fact, they could be the difference
[00:01:30.900]between those we hire and those we don't.
[00:01:33.000]The training gave me confidence
[00:01:34.380]during my recent job interviews.
[00:01:36.180]I knew I had the skills to think quick on my feet.
[00:01:38.460]I was prepared for any question they threw my way.
[00:01:40.800]I'm usually not good at communicating with new people,
[00:01:43.560]but I noticed this work has given me new energy,
[00:01:46.350]and it helped me land a new job.
[00:01:48.240]I'd have to say it's obvious
[00:01:49.290]who's had the Applied Improv training.
[00:01:51.210]It definitely makes a difference.
[00:01:52.860]My interactions with colleagues
[00:01:54.510]are more poised and professional than ever before.
[00:01:58.410]As a working professional,
[00:01:59.580]I know I could have benefited from Applied Improv.
[00:02:02.220]Who can't use improved soft skills?
[00:02:04.350]The training also helps students
[00:02:06.300]work together effectively in teams,
[00:02:09.090]fostering a beautiful space
[00:02:11.220]of mutual respect and collaboration.
[00:02:14.460]I've struggled with teamwork
[00:02:16.080]and collaboration in the past,
[00:02:17.670]and I got my trust back working in groups.
[00:02:20.760]As an international student, I normally keep to myself,
[00:02:23.760]but this course has helped me
[00:02:25.050]come out of myself with others.
[00:02:27.120]Applied Improv is the new secret sauce
[00:02:29.790]to help every student become a leader in a fast-paced world.
[00:02:38.190]I look forward to taking this approach
[00:02:39.900]and paying it forward throughout my career.
[00:02:42.180]It's that important.
[00:02:43.410]What was my experience with improv?
[00:02:45.480]It ignited my passion to be a better business leader.
[00:02:48.120]This class is truly inclusive,
[00:02:49.920]and I believe every business student
[00:02:51.660]should have the chance to take it.
[00:02:53.280]This training is something I'm gonna take with me
[00:02:55.830]every step of my career.
[00:02:57.630]What was my experience with Applied Improv?
[00:03:00.240]It was life changing.
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