Improvisation is a skill practiced by everyone, every single day. At Oak and Reeds, our definition of "improv" is the practice of unplanned interaction with others. As much as we would like to rehearse and practice our lines for critical moments, there's no script sitting on our desk each morning, outlining all the things we'll say and do throughout the day.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
- Talent and Recruiting Teams
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU TEACH?
- Cold Calling
- Demos and Presentations
- Active Listening
- Face to Face and Virtual Collaboration
- Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
- Defeating Unconscious Bias
- "Yes, And" Brainstorming
- Question Asking
- Overcoming Fear of Failure
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We work with each client to determine exactly which skills they seek to develop. We then guide the client's team through custom, improv-based workshops with activities picked to hone the desired skills.
After each engagement, we leave participants with a development plan for how they can continue to practice the new skills. These plans can then be folded into ongoing learning and development strategies.
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The Oak and Reeds Blog
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Dave Collins (Founder & CEO)
Dave is an award-winning improvisor, coach, and corporate strategist. He began performing improv in 2005, and after a move to Chicago, began teaching and coaching in 2007. Along with his teammates, Dave won the National Collegiate Improv Tournament, headlined shows across the country, and individually has coached hundreds of students and professionals in the art and practice of improv. Dave applied his analytical and facilitation talents in his work as a workplace strategist and change management expert at AECOM Strategy Plus. As a workplace strategist, Dave worked with clients to examine the relationship between workspace and productivity, enabling people to break old habits and embrace change.
Today, Dave works with his clients to find innovative ways to develop practical business skills through the use of improv training. Like Aesop's fable about the Oak and the Reeds, he believes that modern organizational cultures must incorporate basic improv tools and techniques in order to be flexible enough to survive and thrive through any storm.
The Story of The Oak and The Reeds
An Oak that grew on the bank of a river was uprooted by a severe gale of wind, and thrown across the stream. It fell among some Reeds growing by the water, and said to them, "How is it that you, who are so frail and slender, have managed to weather the storm, whereas I, with all my strength, have been torn up by the roots and hurled into the river?" "You were stubborn," came the reply, "and fought against the storm, which proved stronger than you: but we bow and yield to every breeze, and thus the gale passed harmlessly over our heads.