This week I kicked off a series of leadership trainings for a creative agency, to help their top leaders, influencers, and high potentials:
✅ Connect better with audiences (be they clients, or internal audiences)
✅ Tell stories (as opposed to spitting out information)
✅ Think on their feet (so they’re not thrown by unexpected questions, or situations)
We’re using tools from the world of improv and theater to help them level up their skills.
And while this particular company actually came to me specifically for improv leadership training, that word, “improv,” still has a tendency to intimidate some folks.
People are often afraid that they’re going to have to be funny on demand.
But that’s not at all what improv is about.
Improv is about being in the moment.
Savvy business leaders have figured out that the skills that allow the best improv teams to blow audiences away in theaters (“You had a script, right?” Um, nope!)…
…are the same skills that make the best business teams and leaders.
And I love designing programs to not just teach these skills using improv, but track the progress we make.
In fact, the first words out of my mouth on a client call the other day were, “How do you want to measure impact?”
I want to make sure — for their benefit, as well as for mine — that we have data to demonstrate the impact of the work I do with them.
So, part of the value I provide is working with my clients to come up with metrics, and a way to track them over time.
In this case, it’s in the form of a simple survey that participants take before they come to the first session, after they complete the final session, and a third time a month down the road, to document the change the program created.
Win-win: when we start with impact and metrics in mind, I’m able to design a program very specifically aimed at moving the needle on the agreed-upon outcomes, and the client sees clearly how much my program achieved the intended goals.
After all data is collected, we have a clear impact report to share with upper management, to show the benefit of the program. We also have valuable feedback when considering any tweaks we might want to make going forward.
Are you ready to level up your leaders and HiPo’s? Before you do anything else, you’ll want to evaluate where they stand right now.
Good news! I created a tool to help you do just that: The Pitch Perfect Assessment
This assessment tool is designed to help you assess your leaders’ and HiPo’s storytelling, improvisation, and audience connection skills.
Inside you’ll find:
• 12 questions that should take no more than 5-10 minutes to answer
• Insights based on your results, into your team’s strengths and areas for improvement
Click here or on the cover graphic below to download the Pitch Perfect Assessment now:
Then let me know: what was your total score?
And what are the skills that you’re most excited to improve?
I love using play to help people-first teams and organizations strengthen connection, communication, collaboration, clarity, and creativity. If you or your team could use help increasing your impact, and getting there faster and more joyfully…
…click here to reach me via my contact form and my assistant, Trish, will help schedule a time for us to have a chat, so I can learn more about you/your team.
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