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Neil Mullarkey co-founded the Comedy Store Players, Europe's top Improv troupe in 1985. His credits include Whose Line Is it Anyway, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, QI, Have I Got News For You, and Austin Powers movies. For over a decade he has been working with organisations such as Microsoft, KPMG, Saatchi & Saatchi, Astra Zeneca, Unilever, UK Sport, Vodafone, Deloitte and Ashridge, using improv and theatre skills to enhance leadership, communication and creativity. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School at City University. His experience in management training led him to create his award-winning alter ego, L. Vaughan Spencer, whose book Don’t Be Needy - Be Succeedy: The A to Zee of Motivitality is published by Profile Books. He was Provocateur at the ICF Global Conference 2012.
Organisations are a bundle of people having conversations. How well they have these conversations impacts on how well the organisation functions. The skills of improv can make a significant difference here.
Improv has a “Yes, And …” ethos which is all about co-creation. You have to keep your eyes and ears open, fully aware of what the other person is giving you as an 'offer', consciously or unconsciously. Neither of you are in control, yet you still share responsibility for the outcome – a familiar situation in today’s world. “Yes and” in business is about being open to an idea, and developing it whilst suspending judgment – not often easily done in practice as you will discover.
“Improv teaches you to think on your feet and how to react and adapt very quickly to unexpected events....It applies to leadership and it applies to negotiation where you never have control over what happens.”
Lakshmi Balachandra (Improvisational Leadership at MIT Sloan School of Management)
“Improvisation isn’t about comedy; it’s about reacting – being focused and present in the moment at a very high level”
Robert Kulhan, Adjunct Professor,
Duke University’s School of Business
This workshop is all about participating. Neil will demonstrate the skills and there will be a host of exercises in pairs and groups where you can grab the chance to find your inner improviser.
This workshop will help you to:
• Trust your unconscious
• Develop your ability to think on your feet
• Enjoy ambiguity
• Use the power of humour
• Energise your passion for conversation
“Neil took a class of 108 Cambridge MBA’s - hard-nosed, rational and highly sceptical about their individual ability to create - and transformed them. His use of improvisation (both theory and practice) made for one of the most inspiring and provocative sessions on creativity that I have ever experienced.”
Richard Hytner, Deputy Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide
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