NATIONAL SMILE DAY is May 31st. WORLD SMILE DAY is October 4th.
From Walt Frasier, artistic director of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH Off Broadway Improv
In every Improv workshop I leave students with two messages
1) You have homework. (groans) Every morning before even getting out of bed, start the day with a smile. You know how you smile when someone else makes you feel good. Turns out it works both ways. Physically forcing a smile can make you feel better. You physically squeeze out the juice in our face that make you feel good. I know, it sounds gross, but it works. AND when you walk into a room with a smile, most people smile back. There will always be that one that say “Why are they smiling? What’s wrong with them.” That person will judge you no matter what you do so let’s just ignore that person. When you wait for the world to make you happy it will disappoint every time. When you set out to make the world smile, simply by leading by example, rewards flood your way.
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2) Every time you get on stage, or read in class, public speaking gets easier. Every time you let your fear win, hiding in the shadows gets easier as well. Push that comfort zone just a little bit every day and see that fear become manageable, eventually maybe even disappear. Having the fear is beyond normal. But letting the fear control you leads to many missed opportunities.
NATIONAL SMILE DAY is EVERY DAY!
YES AND… #1 rule in Improv is to ALWAYS say YES, followed by AND…, a statement that supports everything our teammates offer and builds a scene forward, offering details to which our team can YES AND.. us in return
LISTEN and RESPOND – suspend judgement, don’t plan, rather simply LISTEN deeply to our team, then trust ourselves and our team.
Playing Improv games develops public speaking and self confidence. Fear of public speaking is #1 in the world, more that fear of death itself. THIS alone is the most important way we attack the Bully problem. A confidence person will less likely become a bully OR victim. Bullies seek out easy targets. They rarely take on a confidence individual. However, bullies themselves are most often overcompensating for their own insecurities. So by teaching self confidence we eliminate BOTH trends. By becoming confidence public speakers and over coming social anxieties of one on one interactions we empower individuals to ask when they need help.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY – a corporate concept that is a few decades old but very important in the past 5 years since a study performed by GOOGLE. http://www.corporate-comedy.us/about/psychological-safety-performance-drive-yes-and-improv/ . Studies find that the #1 factor that makes a successful team is psychological safety. Every person on the team feels a value to the team. Team mates support each other. BASICALLY – EVERYTHING we learn doing Improvisation! Our mission is to bring psychological safety into every classroom in New York and beyond!!!
We have some comedy shows and classes perfect for any corporate business professionals as well as great options for holiday parties and corporate team building events. Contact providers and mention NYCOMEDYTICKETS to get 20% off shows & workshops in October/November 2018. EMAIL for more information, dates and rates.
After the 2008 crash, most corporate all but eliminated extra curricular activities. Team leader soon found out, while maybe there was excess spending in the past, their teams needed powerful bonding time away from the office. One company is committed to delivering high impact team building at a cost you can justify to share holders in 2018.
IMPROV COMEDY SHOWS & WORKSHOPS by EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH
Clients include teams from JP Morgan Chase, Bristol Meyer, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Master Card, Johnson & Johnson, American Express, Microsoft/BING, Twitter, Louis Vuitton, Coach, Home Depot, Enrst & Young, GM, KRAFT, UBS, UNILEAVER, Edy’s Grande Ice Cream, Professional Development for NYC Schools (DOE VENDOR), and 100s more smaller/local firms.
While laughter remains the best medicine in 2018, one does have to be wary of PC friendly issues. EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH solves the problem by offering hilarious clean comedy.
Interactive Shows involve the whole team offering suggestions for scenes and songs, while many games invite audience volunteers on stage. Shows start at just $800 anywhere in the NYC TriState area!!!!
Improv Workshops get the team playing a series of games that help develop a strong team as well as leadership, communication, sales and service skills. In addition to bringing the team together you learn games you can use in the office to keep the smiles long after the workshop. Workshops start at just $500 anywhere in the NYC Tri-State area!!!!
Advanced Workshops allow the team to focus in on specific skills – management, leadership, sales, service, conflict resolution. The team uses Improv to brainstorm, role-play and discuss solution to every day scenarios your team faces.
TEAM BUILDING IN TIMES SQUARE
Bring these programs anywhere in the Tri-State area and beyond, or let EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH host at their Midtown Manhattan theater.
You can pay a small space rental fee or add catering. There are menus for Breakfast, Lunch, Happy Hour, Cocktail Party and Dinner ranging from $20-200pp.
Food and drink, especially paired with laughs, are also powerful team building tools. EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH offers menus that promote casual interaction.
HAPPY HOUR ****MOST POPULAR OPTION*** Perfect for after work team building events, the team will enjoy drinks and a mini buffet of sliders, wings, fries, chips (including gluten free options) and dips (humus, guacamole, salsa, etc).
COCKTAIL PARTY – perfect for holiday parties and for teams looking for a little more food options, this menu includes open bar plus a variety of bites and finger foods with stations around the room and passed hors d’oeuvre.
LUNCH – great for off campus day time events, the team will enjoy the platters of wraps, salads, chips, cookies and unlimited non alcoholic options.
PIZZA – looking for inexpensive fun casual, bond over New York Pizza. Popular option for a night out for the interns.
ITALIAN BUFFET – local restaurant caters platters of pasta, meat, veggies, salad and breads.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST – come in for morning sessions and start with coffee, juice, and bite sized carbs – includes fruits, yogurts and spreads (cream cheese, jams, jellies etc)
THE COMPLETE TEAM BUILDING PACKAGE
Start with bonding over a continental breakfast – coffee, juice, and bite sized carbs – includes fruits, yogurts and spreads (cream cheese, jams, jellies etc). The table will continue to be maintained with sweet & savory snacks and assorted beverages.
The team will enjoy a 2-hour Improv Workshop that introduces a number of games. These games teach valuable individual and team skills and provide tools to use in the office.
Platters of wraps (including vegetarian options), salads, chips and cookies.
The professional cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH presents an interactive musical comedy. The team building continues as the cast invites all to provide suggestions for the scenes and songs as well as audience volunteers that more directly steer the comedy.
AFTERNOON BREAK OUT SESSION
Focus in on specific skills – management, leadership, sales, service, conflict resolution. In smaller groups, the team uses Improv to brainstorm, role-play and discuss solution to every day scenarios your team faces. The groups come together one last time to share the bullet points of their group’s findings via short skit.
Discuss how to use the day’s lessons in the office and personal life.