We offer theatre-based teambuilding workshops for all types of companies. Using Kristine's educational background (she was a teacher for over 23 years) and John's corporate background (over 25 years) they have created curriculum that helps adult teams know each other and discover their unknown strengths.
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We practice teamwork by working respectfully together toward a mutual goal. Appreciating the contributions of a diverse team leads to discovery
Does your team struggle to work together efficiently or effectively on projects? We practice teamwork by working respectfully together toward a mutual goal. The experiences in our workshops run the gamut from intellectual to downright silly games. All of the activities will give participants opportunities to work together, as well as have fun.
For example, can four of your team members work together to form a coherent sentence or idea using only one word per person at a time? Hilarity ensues when we play this game as each person has to continue the sentence using only one word and they don’t know what word the person before them will say. It takes real teamwork to put four brains together to think and speak as one!
We also create a safe collaborative environment that encourages inclusivity and positivity. Every team member has something unique to contribute. Let’s play together, learn about each other’s strengths and explore ways to improve your team dynamics! We can tailor our workshop to address the specific needs of your team. Let’s do this!
Attentive focus when interacting with others. Listening is more than just hearing the words it is noticing body language as well and establishing eye contact.
Are your team members really listening to each other? Listening is imperative in the workplace and on a team. Team members need to communicate successfully and efficiently about projects on which they’re collaborating. When team members feel heard and valued, then ideas will be freely exchanged.
Active listening is being aware of body language, tone of voice, as well as establishing eye contact when one or more persons are communicating. Active listening also incorporates attentiveness; a sense of focus on and respect for the speaker. Active listening encourages an openness to share new ideas.
One of the ways we practice active listening in our workshops is by playing “Three things!” In this game, team members stand in a circle facing the middle and everyone shouts, “Three things!” One team member (e.g., John) begins the game by turning to face the person standing to his right (e.g., Kristine). Establishing eye contact with each other, John says, “Three things that…” and picks a category such as, “are flowers!” Kristine, as quickly as possible, then says the first three words that come to her mind (whether they fit the category or not). For example, she might say, “Roses, Gardenias, Tulips!” John and Kristine must maintain eye contact with each other. As soon as Kristine says the third word, John and Kristine turn to look at the middle of the circle again. Now everyone shouts, “Three things!” Kristine turns to the person on her right and says, “Three things that…” and the game continues around the circle until it returns to John who started the game.
Sometimes the three words do fit the category (roses, tulips, gardenia), but other times when faced with maintaining eye contact and performing a task quickly, the words have nothing to do with the category (dog, coffee, desk). However, there are no wrong answers in this game. The important aspects of this exercise are to maintain eye contact between the team members (establishing active listening and respect) and to not “think” too much but to simply participate (and focus). John is practicing active listening by maintaining eye contact and by accepting Kristine’s answers (whether they fit the category or not) with encouragement. Kristine is practicing her active listening skills by maintaining eye contact with John, listening to the category John chooses and not self-censoring her answers. This game always provides laughs while it helps team members to connect through active listening.
Connectedness between group members creates an environment of acceptance, creativity, and productivity. This allows group members to take risks!
Do your team members struggle to connect with and relate to each other?
Through the shared experience of playing theatre games, team members will enhance their sense of group cohesion (or connectedness) as they interact with each other to achieve a common goal. Connectedness creates a sense of belonging and purpose.
Whether your team has been working together for a long time or is just newly formed, we have activities that will help you learn about each other and connect. For example, one of our games involves discovering commonalities between team members by unearthing shared experiences. We use a series of questions, high-fives, and dynamic movement to learn about and connect with each other. Some sample questions might be, “Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?” “Have you ever been to Africa?” “Have you ever played an instrument?” Your team members may be surprised at how much they have in common with each other. After playing this game, Happy Hour won’t be so awkward anymore. This game creates a myriad of conversation starters for social time between team members. This is just one example of how our workshop can bring your team together in a fun way and it is just a jumping off point for furthering their relationships.
Some of our activities involve a few team members interacting while the rest of the team participates by being a supportive audience (another invaluable skill all team members need).Other activities require the participation of everyone at the same time. Either way, the non-threatening environment of our workshop encourages everyone to work together and have fun!
Participants learn to be “in the moment” by playing fun games and hands-on activities. This leads to a more flexible focused team and presentations!
Does your team lack focus?
We work on focus skills so that external stimuli is not distracting from real human connection. When team members hone their concentration skills and increase their ability to be flexible, they are more able to adapt and use their intuition in a variety of situations. For example, if two team members are working together on a presentation and the requirements change (which they usually do), focus with flexibility will make it easier for them to adapt and succeed.
One of the games in our workshop which reinforces the concept of focus with flexibility is the “Talking in questions” game . Two team members (e.g., John and Kristine) carry on a conversation with each other using only questions. A suggestion for a topic is made but John and Kristine need to be flexible since you never know where the conversation will go.
Here is a sample exchange:
John: “Would you like to go for a walk in the rain?”
Kristine: “Did you bring your umbrella today?”
John: “Yes, shall we bring our giraffe with us?”
Kristine must reply with another question and it must now relate to the giraffe. If she mistakenly says a statement, rather than asks a question, then she is replaced by another team member.
This game seems quite simple to play but it is challenging, as well as fun! Both participants must actively listen and maintain focus on their partner and the conversation, while formulating questions and not statements. If both team members aren’t focused on the conversation as it evolves, they won’t be able to respond to any twists and turns. It can be hard to keep following the topic of conversation and also respond with only a question. To succeed in this game, everyone must be both focused and flexible. These are skills your team can continue to use both in your business and in life.
Have you ever been in a conversation with your superior and realized that you were so nervous you didn’t even hear what they just said? This game will give you great practice for just this kind of situation and more!
Learning new aspects about one’s skills, perceptions and interactions with others. Self discovery leads to more confident and creative team members and qualitative solutions!
Do you really know what you can offer your team? Self discovery often occurs as a part of interacting with others creatively. Our workshop will provide a safe, nurturing environment which encourages team members to take risks and be creative. As a result of these experiences, team members have the opportunity to discover unknown abilities and strengths.
In our workshop, team members take a “Trust Walk” in pairs. One of the team members is blindfolded and has to listen to and rely on directions which are given by the other team member. As the team members navigate around the space, we have heard both participants verbalize moments of self-discovery. For example, we heard one team member providing verbal directions to her blindfolded partner express surprise that her detailed instructions were helpful to her partner. She didn’t realize that her ability to verbalize precise directions (e.g., “turn 45 degrees to your left”) provided her blindfolded partner with a sense of safety. By playing this game, she and her partner, discovered that her style of communication and her ability to be precise provides her team with a sense of trust and confidence.
Self-discovery during the creative process affords participants the opportunity to realize their own hidden potential as well as witnessing their teammates doing the same. What a powerful positive experience for everyone!