Online Vs IRL Improv
I've really loved teaching improv workshops online and discovering the possibilities with new technology. I'm also excited at the prospect of returning to in-person improv workshops.
Not sure what's right for you and your team? Here's a quick rundown of the main differences and practical points to consider:
1. Accessible for those working from home
These workshops have been designed so that they can done from your desk whether that be your kitchen table or sofa! If your team members have time or physical constraints that prevent them from attending events in person, this is a great way to keep them included.
2. Ideal for international teams
Most of the online workshops I've taught have involved people in different cities, countries, even time zones. So if you're worried about combining schedules or your carbon footprint, opt for online.
3. Short and sweet
I keep my online workshops to about an hour max, which is the ideal duration for focussing online. As they are shorter and do not require anything more than a steady internet connection, the cost is also lower than an in-person workshop. Therefore if you are unsure about your budget (or your team's enthusiasm) I suggest you start by trying an online session.
1. No tech means more games for longer
While I've enjoyed finding the most effective improv exercises for online and been impressed by what technology allows, being able to play in person is much more liberating. Not having to worry about time lags, mute buttons and breakout rooms means you have more time to play a wider range of games and therefore explore more detailed learning outcomes.
2. Sharpen your social cues
Many of us have gotten use to logging on, hitting mute and zoning out but this doesn't cut it in the real world. Whether is giving a presentation, networking or having a lunch meeting, we need to remember that human interactions are integral to how we work. Therefore the best way to prepare for making a good impression is by getting away from your desk.
3. Get out of the office and out of your head
In improv we like to do a lot of standing in circles. It may seem childish at first but just getting away from your desk and on your feet is incredibly energising. The basic yet physical aspects of these workshops, which help you connect and feel comfortable in your body, is what sets improv apart from any other team training sessions you'll find.
Please bear in mind that if you wish to book an in-person workshop, you will need to also provide a space. I don't need a projector or desks, in fact please have no desks! The bigger and emptier the space the better. If you need help finding a venue, please let me know and I will be happy to book or offer suggestions based on your budget.
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