Improv for Business

icon-improvImprov workshops boost morale, inject creative problem-solving, and build teams. The “Yes And…” exercises and The Failure Bow inspire cooperation and resilience. Surprisingly simple improv games provide opportunities to practice communication skills in a spontaneous, imaginary way that brings laughter and fun into any business, practice, or group.

In 2015 Maggie Knowles presented an improv workshop to 200 physician leaders at the annual Leadership Development Conference of the Washington State Medical Association to rave reviews. One doctor said, “I have never before seen the energy in the room go up at 4:00 PM!” Your group deserves the same kind of boost!

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“Maggie Knowles’ improvisation class for physicians is fantastic!  I learned more about communication in that one hour than I have in full semester leadership and communication classes. Oh, and I laughed and had fun! I will certainly be taking her classes again.” – Deborah Harper, M.D., Pediatrician, Eastern Washington Pediatric Service Line Chief for Group Health Cooperative, Spokane, and former President of the Washington State Medical Association.

“I had a chance to participate in Maggie’s Improv for Doctors session at the WSMA Leadership Conference. I thought it was very engaging and effective, and the audience of physician leaders enjoyed it immensely.” – Peter McGough, M.D., Family Medicine Physician, Medical Director at U.W. Medicine Neighborhood Clinics and Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Washington, Bellevue, WA.

“Thanks so much for presenting to my study club and teaching us about utilizing improv in the office.  You are so talented — it was a treat to talk about something other than teeth!  Your humor was great and helpful as we look for ways to improve communication both in our personal and professional lives. I’ve been using the “Yes, and…” technique and noticing a positive difference.  We were having a staff meeting and I remember thinking, “I’m not sure I agree with that” but ended up saying yes, clarifying the point, and adding my .02.  During our staff meeting last Friday we lined up and tossed the imaginary ball and said a single word.  More than anything it broke the ice and got our day off to a great start.” – Dr. Jansen Richins, Periodontist, Advanced Periodontics, Microsurgery & Implantology of Seattle

“Improv for Doctors is a great tool to ease stress in the healthcare workplace and open lines of team communication using humor and humility. Maggie Knowles introduces these tools with great skill and facilitation. This is a great way to break the ice at a retreat or team workout and will improve the outputs from such collaborations.” – Michael Bernstein, M.D., Pulmonologist, Chief Medical Officer, Southeast Washington Region, Chief Medical Quality Officer, St. Mary Medical Center at Providence Health and Services, Walla Walla, WA.

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