We have gone virtual. We are still running the same engaging, fun and valuable workshops as before, now we just don't have to wear pants. Scroll down for more information.
Would you like your employees to collaborate more efficiently with each other? Manage change better? Respond to new circumstances with ease? Gain invaluable communication and presentation skills as they learn to listen and think creatively? We thought you might. We’re excited to begin and look forward to providing your company with our fantastic and proven Knuckleball Comedy for professional development - scroll down to learn more and Contact Us today.
Why Improv For Business
See Us In Action
These four traits make up the backbone of any good business and wouldn’t you know it, the backbone of any good improv team as well. Improv can be explained in two simple words. YES...AND... It may seem easy, but imploring this basic principle of acceptance, and then watching your employees understand it and run with it, can make all the difference. Business never stops when you say YES...AND. Let us teach you how.
Yes, We Have Already Run Virtual Professional Development Programs
What Virtual Looks Like
Length of Workshops: 1-2 hours
Platform: Zoom. We can provide a link or we are happy to use yours. We like using Zoom because we can enable the "Breakout Rooms" function.
What we need from participants: The sessions work best when participants have their cameras on and are using a computer rather than a phone.
Questions? Contact us.
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The moment COVID-19 forced everybody indoors, we moved everything online and carefully picked the activities from our usual curriculum that worked virtually, and created others specifically for the virtual platform. We have already worked with a variety of teams, from law firms to school staffs, all with similar success.
Diversity & Inclusion Workshops
We often include our diversity & inclusion training into workshops. Contact us today to customize yours.
How do we include diversity & inclusion into improv?
At Knuckleball Comedy we believe they go hand in hand. The core principle of improv and the core principle of fostering a workplace full of inclusion revolve around one thing: active listening. In our D & I workshops, we will follow our fun and engaging exercises with poignant discussions about how we can all do a better job of listening; listening to other people’s perspectives, listening to the way our actions are perceived by others, and listening to each other so employees work efficiently and effectively together. When we become better active listeners, we become better at reacting to others’ ideas and perspectives, and that’s improv.
Why Knuckleball Comedy
Knuckleball Comedy has proven time and time again that our relentless effort and tried and true approach are the best ways to improve your business. When you contact us, you won’t fill out a form, you will speak to a real person who cares about you and your company. Let our most talented representatives sit down with you and discuss your company goals and we will work tirelessly to customize the best possible program for your business. We perform all of our workshops the Knuckleball Comed way: with style, confidence and energy. Contact us today so we can do what we do best to help your business be at its best.
Who Hires Us
Small, Medium, Large Companies
University graduate business programs
Elementary and High School teachers and staff
“Knuckleball Comedy provided a much needed break to the human resource professionals attending the Chicago SHRM Elevate Conference. Ethan and team had the attendees on their feet and interacting with one another with fun, creative and collaborative activities. It was clear that any business looking to transform their workplace culture and foster teamwork, collaboration and impactful communication would benefit from a Knuckleball Comedy engagement.”
~Karen Byron, Chicago SHRM Conference Chair
“Knuckleball Comedy’s instruction created a perfectly sequenced afternoon that allowed our summer associates to warm up to the idea of improv while still pushing them out of their comfort zone. I watched as some initial skepticism gave way to full enjoyment as our class laughed, bonded and “yes and”-ed their way through our session. Our goal for this event was that our summers could enter the workplace equipped to confidently express their ideas which would, in turn, foster effective collaboration with a new set of colleagues - Knuckleball delivered in every way.”
~Legal Recruiter, AmLaw 100 Firm
"Ethan did an amazing job leading a team building improv training for my camp staff. They were a little nervous at first, but once Ethan got them going, it was hard to get them to stop! They are still talking about the fun games they played and learned, and have already implemented many of them into camp! We will most definitely have Knuckleball Comedy back for team building for future staff! This is a MUST for anyone who is looking to change up the traditional team building activities!"
~Erica Wise. Youth Camp Manager Lisle Park District
“Knuckleball did an improv session for my law firm’s summer associates and newer attorneys. The event was very well received. Not only did the attendees have fun and share laughs, I believe that Knuckleball helped them realize that you can not only exist but even thrive and succeed when you leave your comfort zone. I think being able to think clearly and communicate effectively in new situations is a critical business skill which Knuckleball helped develop.”
~Partner, AmLaw 100 Firm of 600 lawyers
“Knuckleball led an interactive and fun session during our orientation week that helped our 21 fellows get to know one another, collaborate, get out of their comfort zones, and build confidence as they prepared for their summer internships. Our fellows had an amazing time! I highly recommend Knuckleball programming.”
~Sasha Pena, Chicago Scholars
“Knuckleball Comedy did a great job presenting teamwork ethics through entertaining and interactive methods with our seasonal summer camp staff. Over 200 employees had fun while learning the art of working together.”
~Robin Horwitz, CPRE
Skokie Park District
“Ethan’s improv program was a breath of fresh air for our associate team building exercise! While hesitant to participate at first, the associates all came out of their shell to have a blast learning how the principles of improv and comedy can be applied to many aspects of being a lawyer – including teamwork and client development. By the end of the program, we all had valuable takeaways, and many laughs. We will definitely have Ethan back in coming years!”
~Associate, AmLaw 100 Firm of 600 lawyers
Executive Leadership Workshop
“I lead by listening to the other musicians and reacting to them.”
-- Ken Peplowski
Business leaders are no different than jazz players or improvisers; the best way to lead isn’t with an iron fist but rather by listening and reacting. Believe in the process of saying “Yes” to your employees and watch your team grow. Employees who hear “yes” instead of “no” feel more valued and valued employees perform better. The concept may sound simple, but putting it into action requires a special touch. Let us help.
Corporate Training/Creative Solutions
“Six key areas that link improvisation exercises to the practice of management: interpreting the environment; crafting strategy; cultivating leadership; fostering teamwork; developing individual skills; and assessing organizational culture.”
-- Mary Crossan
Companies want their employees to collaborate better as a team, manage change with ease, solve complex issues, communicate well and think quickly and creatively. The fundamentals of improv align perfectly with these goals. How can we expect employees to exude these traits if they don’t practice? Let us teach you the magic of improv and you can see for yourself how your team will rise to the occasion.
Communication and Presentation
“Improvisation was especially effective in countering the true source of organizational failure: panic, a paralysis of sense-making which leads to the collapse of the team.”
- Wendy Currie & Robert Galliers
When you give a presentation to employees, employers, clients, students, teachers or whoever the audience may be, remember there is a reason you are there in person. After all, if the purpose was merely to share information, you could send an email. Learn to communicate with charisma, confidence and purpose and watch your results go from 0-60 in a flash. Let us help, and even have some fun in the process as we learn and laugh together.