Improve Your Team With Improv

Andrew Berkowitz (TeamSnap), Wade Minter (TeamSnap)
Business
Location: F150
Average rating: ****.
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Growing high-tech companies often spend thousands of dollars on corporate team building because it’s critical to get new groups working well together. In this workshop, two longtime corporate trainers (and principals in a successful high-tech start-up) teach the basics of improv-based team building exercises. You’ll come away with techniques and exercises you can take back to your own company, whether it’s a three-person start-up or a thousand-person enterprise.

This is not a lecture, but an on-your-feet workshop. Participants will move, laugh and get to know each other while learning the basics of improv-focused team building. The “Yes And” philosophy of improv is valuable for managers, team members or anyone needing to simply get along better with co-workers. No need to take notes — all participants will receive a link to the entire curriculum, as well as additional exercises and information they can take back to their own companies. New material for 2013 makes this a great choice for first-timers or returning attendees.

Improv works for any kind of team – development, marketing or business – as well as both native and non-native English speakers. No fire-walking, drum circles or touchy-feely stuff. Just real improv exercises for bringing groups together.

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Andrew Berkowitz

TeamSnap

Andrew Berkowitz is a founder and Vice President of Product Management at TeamSnap.com. He is also Artistic Director of ComedySportz Portland, a branch of the international Comedy Improv Theater.

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Wade Minter

TeamSnap

H. Wade Minter is the technical lead and occasional sysadmin/developer for TeamSnap, an application that makes managing sports teams and groups easy. He is also the ring announcer for a professional wrestling group. The two may be related.

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Andrew Berkowitz
07/24/2013 4:09pm PDT

Full notes for the session can now be downloaded from http://cdn.oreillystatic.com/en/assets/1/event/95/Improve%20Your%20Team%20With%20Improv%20Presentation.pdf. Thanks to everyone for coming!

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