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Using Improvisational Comedy as a Business Training Tool!
- By Doug Dvorak

One of the major issues in today�s corporate work environment is the �lack of trust and team work�. Businesses have to be ever so focused on the �Bottom Line� because of the competitive pressures facing them from the global community; including, corporate downsizing, restructuring and downward price pressures on products and services. As a result of these new business drivers, we have lost our sense of trust in our Employers and our fellow Employees.

Theses observations were made evident in the many companies that I have consulted with over the years. Workers want to trust, build and be part of a team, but feel there is a huge chasm with management in this area. When people go to work and don�t trust colleagues and senior management, the work atmosphere is filled with a negative vibe, much of it unspoken. Some of the detrimental issues that a work environment devoid of Trust and Teamwork can exhibit are:

  • Uncertainty
  • Negativity
  • Need to control others
  • Hiding of mistakes
  • Fear of losing one�s job
  • Indirect communication
  • Lack of cooperation and collaboration
  • Suspicion (upward and downward)
  • Reluctance
  • Zero creativity

This is where Improvisational Comedy can help. I needed a break from the �Corporate Rat Race�, so I enrolled at The Players Workshop of The Second City to learn Improvisational Comedy. While attending the classes, I learned some valuable insights into human behavior that could improve and enhance Trust and Team Work in the Workplace by utilizing Improv Games and Exercises. One of my favorites, which I still use today, is Gibberish.

Webster�s Dictionary defines Gibberish as:
gib-ber-ish - [jib-er-ish, gib-] �noun

  • Meaningless or unintelligible talk or writing.
  • Talk or writing containing many obscure, pretentious, or technical words.

Synonyms 1. Nonsense, foolishness, babble, gabble, drivel, gobbledegook.

Gibberish Improv Exercises

Gibberish Commands

How it Works
Players start in pairs. Have each play issue a command to her partner, in Gibberish. Players can't move on until the command is understood and executed. Simple things will do, like 'pass me the salt, please' . The idea is not to mime the command, but to try and make it obvious for the way the command is issued, and the environment that has been set.

Translate Gibberish

How it Works
This is best played with an odd number of players. Everyone in a circle. The first player gives a gibberish word to her right neighbor, who translates the word. The next player provides the next gibberish word, and so on. Variations
The receiver can provide both the translation, and a new gibberish word. You may want to add the origin of the language along with the translation. Notes
Any gibberish word might be translated as 'banana' of course, but that is not the idea of the exercise. For your translation, use the first thing that comes to mind. You may be inspired by the whole sound of the word (it might sound like something 'known'), or parts of the word (only the vowels, or only the consonants), or by the intonation of the 'giver', or even by her expression or body language.

Gibberish Expert

How it Works
One player is an expert on a subject, often provided by the audience. Furthermore, he's from a foreign country (perhaps also supplied by the audience). The expert gives a lecture in Gibberish and a second player translates.

Variations
Have the expert tell a story, instead of giving a lecture.

Just Gibberish

How it Works
Play a scene, completely in gibberish, no translations provided. The scene should be perfectly clear to the audience - we should be perfectly able to translate every gibberish sentence, and the story should make sense. Notes
 This will only work if the stories are extremely simple, and if the Platform is made clear right from the start.  Some players tend to do this as a scene without words, but that is not the idea of the exercise.

Improvisation Strengthens Trust in the Workplace
When you hear the word �improvisation�, many people think about the funny antics of comedy improv that they have seen on a television show like �Whose Line is it Anyway� or at a nightclub. Most people are unaware of the power of improvisation and its ability to bring positive results to even the most negative of people. The guiding principles of improvisation are all based in Trust and Cooperation. By trying these gibberish exercises in the work environment, you can have fun and increase the level of Trust and Teamwork.

Thank you for allowing me to share with you my thoughts on inspirational and motivational speaking.
Cordially Yours, Doug Dvorak
847.359.6969 - doug@dougdvorak.com