BUILD AMAZING TEAMS

Time to get off the beaten path

BUILD AMAZING TEAMS

Time to get off the beaten path

The fate of our hopes and dreams lies in our ability to communicate effectively.  – Nathan Havey, Thrive Consulting Group

Communication problems cause strife on a global scale and they are at the root of what is holding your company back. There is no more potent area of focus than developing our ability to communicate, and there is no more fun and effective means of doing this than Improv.

Our Belief

Our Belief

Everyone can do improv.

Yes, everyone.  In every non-scripted conversation you’ve ever had, you were doing improv.  We can teach you how to use the tools improv actors use on stage to make your team even stronger.

Our experiential learning model will help your team function more effectively, cooperatively, and consistently.

It’s our belief that when new skills are learned, the best way to incorporate them into your life is to get up and play with them. We create a fun, safe environment to do some “Try-Ons” and get comfortable using the tools of the improviser.

This is not a workshop about how to be clever or a training about how to write jokes.  We create fun activities where everyone participates and learns how to use improvisational tools to create stronger teams.

Our Training

Our training is not about what makes improv funny.

Rather, we teach you the tools that make improvisational theater successful because they are the exact same tools you can immediately implement to make your business more successful.

Don’t worry, we’ll still have lots of fun!

► Communicate more effectively
► Reduce barriers to success, increase acceptance
► Create Win / Win situations out of habit
► Improv(e) your sales interactions
► Increase creativity with an energy of agreement
► Present in a more powerful, confident, and dynamic fashion
► Learn to love spontaneity, adaptability, and change
► Build a winning office culture
► Host more effective client meetings
► Find the antidote to negativity
► Be an awesomely, amazing team
► Transform the way you’re perceived by co-workers and clients

Our workshops are custom designed to be results-oriented and fun.  To ensure your success, we present our workshops using four steps:

Purpose:

Why on Earth are we doing improv?

We work with you to custom design your training and set learning objectives for each activity so we’re sure to meet your specific learning goals throughout the workshop.

Each activity in the workshop starts out with a discussion focused on the purpose and learning objectives for the activity we’ll be doing.

Activities:

Let's have some fun!

Studies show: The best way to learn is to get up out of your seat and have a first-hand experience.   Our workshops are only about 20% lecture, the rest of the time is designed to be very experiential and fun. 

Depending on the workshop, activities may be done with another person, in small groups of 5 to 10 people, or we may split the entire group into two large teams.

Discussion:

That was fun, now let’s check out the purpose!

After each activity, there’s a debriefing session where we’ll look back at what just happened and your team’s experience.

We facilitate a discussion about the activity’s main learning points, look at how the activity brought those points to life, and highlight steps your team can take to incorporate their learnings into their lives.

Next Steps:

Bring improvisation to the real world...

For new habits to form it can take anywhere from 21 days (If you believe Zig Ziglar) to an average of 66 days (if you like your facts to be from somewhere like the European Journal of Social Psychology).

We’ll help you to set up a plan of attack around how to bring these improv techniques into your life on a daily basis.

Our Team

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Steve Duberchin

President, CEO
Workshop Facilitator

Steve earned his MBA from DePaul University, but he found his passion when he took his first class at the Second City Training Center in 2002.  Since then he’s been through many of Chicago’s best Improv programs including ComedySportz, Laugh Out Loud Theater, and New Choice Improv. Steve has performed everything from bar-prov to headlining on the main stage and he’s run the gambit behind the scenes as well doing things like sketch writing, directing, coaching, and stage managing.

Steve immediately fell in love with improv and the more experience he had, the more he realized how transferrable his improv skills were to his corporate jobs in marketing and strategy.

Steve has trained thousands of people in leadership skills in his role as a coordinator for Pathways to Successful living since 1999.  He worked with multiple teams, teaching them how to communicate more effectively, build more closely knit teams, set SMART goals, work through challenging situations, and general leadership qualities.

Steve is passionate about teaching others to have fun and create the lives they most want to lead. In his spare time, he is a board game designer.  One of his favorite quotes from that hobby also transfers to improv, “The goal of the game is to win, but it’s the goal that’s important, not the winning.” – Reiner Knizia, board game designer.

Anora O’Connor

Chief Operating Officer
Workshop Facilitator, Relationship Guru

Anora earned her BA in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University and earned an additional business degree from Northern Michigan University.  Anora has been volunteering with Steve at the Pathways to Successful Living Seminars since 2011 where she has been leading and motivating teams to create success in both their jobs and in their personal lives. During her professional career, Anora has excelled at creating collaborative teams by focusing on building environments where people enjoy coming to work.  They have fun, feel confident in their jobs because they are recognized and feel appreciated, they trust their co-workers because their open and honest communication is valued, and they support each other in continued individual growth and business success.

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Contact us today to schedule your workshops!

Our Purpose: ImprovThis empowers people to communicate effectively and build a winning culture.

Our Mission: We create fun, hands-on workshop style training sessions to build closer, more collaborative teams.
We strive to be the best at what we do and are constantly working to exceed our client's expectations.

Our Core Values: Fun
Empowering
Passionate
Integrity
Teamwork
Energizing
Creativity

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