What is a typical Improv4Business session like?

Sessions are customized to meet client objectives, and therefore vary.  A popular format is our single session, lasting about 21/2 to 3 hours. It contains several modules focusing on individual skill sets, group dynamics and presentation style.  Periodic "tune-up" sessions help keep skills fresh and hone technique.

What is the class size?

This is a highly interactive experience, so class sizes are small -- anywhere from 5 to 20 students per instructor. For larger groups, multiple instructors are used, with sessions often running in parallel.

Are there any prerequisite skills or experience required?

No previous improv experience is required. While improv theater techniques are used for training, participants do not need to have any prior theatrical experience or aptitude to participate. In fact, it’s an ideal experience for those who are hesitant or uncomfortable presenting to others.

What specific skills are taught?

The class introduces techniques used by professional improvisers to hone their craft.  Listening, working intuitively, resisting the urge to “edit” oneself and others, building upon team members’ ideas (”Yes and...”) and out of the box thinking skills are at the core of the training. Customized curricula can place emphasis upon specific goals, such as team building, group dynamics, creativity, presentation skills and more.

Who should take the class?

The class is ideal for anyone in business who interacts with people. Whether it’s presenting to a group, working with a team, cold calling, sales visits, or ideation sessions, the class can enhance the skills of the individual and the productivity of the group. Classes are particularly popular with people in marketing, sales, law, advertising and finance.

Am I going to be put on the spot?

We understand.  Nobody likes to be put on the spot.  Classes are taught in a very positive and supportive atmosphere.  We will help you expand your skill sets, but you will never be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable doing.  

Who teaches the class?

Classes are taught by CCL’s highly experienced team of facilitators. Each instructor is a professional improviser who regularly applies his or her craft in NYC’s longest running comedy revue. Program Coordinator is Paul Zuckerman, PhD, Executive Producer of CCL, who has over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies as a trainer, consultant and focus group moderator.

What are the costs?

Due to the customized nature of the program, each session is priced according to number of participants, length of the session and the location.

How can I find out more?

Call Chicago City Limits -- 212-888-5233, I4B@chicagocitylimits.com, or go to our Contact page.