Collaboration & teamwork

An enjoyable workout for teamwork skills that helps people to become better communicators and team players.

Orca teamwork

Take your teamwork from good to great.

We’ll help your team or group excel at co-operation and co-creation.

This real-life learning experience will get everyone engaged, moving, connecting and contributing. We use playful and mindful activities from the world of improvisation to unpack skills and behaviours that will help your team perform feel and perform its best.

We don’t use not role play (or lectures or tables) as it’s more effective to learn about teamwork and collaboration through first-hand experience. We take pride in helping people to laugh and learn through seriously playful experiences.

Don’t go Zorbing

You don’t need to go Zorbing to build trust and perform better as a team. Here & Now People creates a low-stakes ‘rehearsal room’ where people can explore and practice vital skills for human connection and collaboration.

What we will cover

This programme is very flexible. We can lean it towards a fun team building session, go deeper into team dynamics, or surface and resolve tensions in the team.

We’ll talk to you and the team about what you want to get out of our time together, and we’ll tune in to the mood in the room to see what’s most relevant to the group on the day.

Learning content

We’ll dive into the areas that are of most benefit to your team, and explore how the core principles of improvisation can enhance your own teamwork practices. These principles include:

  • Being present and listening
  • Using what’s already there
  • Being willing to share control
  • Daring to be obvious
  • Making your partner look good

With some groups, we use a psychometric assessment called VIEW that unpacks thinking styles in the context of teamwork. Chat to us if this might be of interest.

Open workshops

For open workshops with Here and Now People, see our what’s on page.

Where this fits

  • You want your meetings to be more open, honest and engaging
  • You’d like your team to listen and connect, instead of rushing to answers
  • Your team has good team spirit and wants to do something new
  • Your team needs a boost to morale, motivation and performance
  • Your team needs to reboot its relationship to failure

What you’ll learn

Become great listeners
Stay present and listen to understand

Develop trust
Build trust for better sharing of insights, ideas and feelings

Be better team-players
Use collaborative thinking to sense, adapt & respond in real-time

Boost your creativity
Create momentum using other people’s insights and ideas

Use humour
Shift perspectives and make new connections with humour

Step into uncertainty
Lead and follow with a courageous relationship to failure

Disagree well
Surface and explore differences without falling out

Nonverbal communication
Fluently adapt behaviours for greater inclusiveness

Tailored for your group

We can do something in as little as an hour, and we can go deeper with a half day/full day workshop or longer programmes. Sessions are designed for the format they are delivered in, either in the room or on Zoom.

We pride ourselves on creating a warm and friendly ‘rehearsal space’ where you can experiment with new skills, behaviours and ways of being, and where there’s also time for reflection and conversations that matter.

Let’s talk!

Improvisation is anything that happens in the moment without a fixed plan or script. In classes and shows with Here & Now this looks like games, scenes, stories and even whole plays made up on the spot.

There is a common view that improvisation is the last resort of the unprepared amateur. We see if differently.

We like Jill Bernard and Patrick Short’s definition of improvisation as ‘A highly refined system for observing, connecting and responding.’ To put it another way it’s all about opening up, noticing more and using what’s there. 

Just like fish are the last to see the water (apparently). So human’s are the last to see that sensing-and-responding in real time is their superpower. The skill we use from the moment of birth onwards. 

It’s an incredible ability to listen and respond in the moment, and it takes a mix of knowledge, skill, openness and flexibility. Simply put, life demands that we improvise well in the boardroom, in the bedroom in the back room building a business. To do otherwise is to stop engaging and get stuck.

As an artform or a-thing-to-do it’s an enjoyable way of making your own entertainment, which is what everyone did before TV. And it’s an impermanent or transient artform. It happens in the moment and it disappears just as it arrives (like life, eh). This is a big attraction for many as you don’t have to commit to words on a page or paint on canvas to express your creativity. You do it with other people, it’s always imperfect, and it’s a great show of humanity.

Going one step further it’s using what you’ve got, where you are. It’s enough to start a revolution. Which will of course be improvised.

Best of all improvisation attracts people who are kind, generous and playful.

Of course we’re biassed but we think it’s pretty special.

In our classes (usually 10-12 people) you’ll discover the principles and techniques of improvisational play with scenes, stories and characters. Guided by our teachers you’ll discover how to make scenes that are easy and delightful with quick agreement and playful co-operation. 

It’s not stand up – so you won’t be alone on stage and you won’t be telling jokes. And no, you don’t have to be funny – just come as you are, don’t try too hard, and we’ll take care of the rest!

You might be surprised to learn that there is more to improv than ‘Whose line is it anyway?’ style games where the fun comes quickly and impulsively. Alongside these games we will introduce a style of play that is unhurried, truthful, and where characters and stories emerge naturally and bring even greater delight.

Either way we guarantee that you will be entertained and laughing out loud in a happy state of flow. Seriously, Netflix has nothing on real human connection.

You don’t need any acting, improv or comedy experience at all to join our classes. We welcome complete beginners and anyone who is just a little bit curious.

Beware: spending time with open-minded and open-hearted improvisers is seriously addictive. Most people who do a beginners improv class with us go on to do more classes!

What you will learn

You will learn principles and techniques for improvising including:

• Listening and accepting ideas

• Being present in the moment

• Creating fun stories, scenes and characters

• Self-expression and emotional connection

• Working as a group and supporting each other

• Having confidence in your own ideas

• Mental flexibility and adaptability

• Delighting your scene partners

The classes are a great way to make new friends, build confidence, gain insights into instant creative collaboration. The simple joy of spontaneous freedom is perfect for finding new inspiration in life.

Our classes are open to absolutely anyone aged 18 and over and we only use accessible venues. 

Coming to your first class or workshop can be daunting, but if you fancy trying improv, you really should! You can contact us if you want to talk about it or ask questions.

Many of the best things in life come with ‘butterflies’, so if this appeals to you at some level, we say give it a go!

Low pressure and high in fun, our improvisation classes are great for anyone curious about improvisation, collaboration and self-expression.

Absolutely anyone can improvise and it is a lot of fun. No experience necessary.

If want to make new friends and laugh while getting in touch with your spontaneous creative side, then you’ll  enjoy this.

None of us goes through life with a script telling us what to do and we wouldn’t want one even if it was available.

We like to make our own decisions, take a few risks, connect with others, explore ideas and learn as we go. In other words, we improvise everyday.

So it’s good to play with this skillset and work on the craft of improvising so we can be more present in the moment, connect and create with others more easily, and learn to respond constructively in situations that feel beyond our control.

Learning to improvise gives you a chance to:

– have fun with like-minded, warm-hearted people

– do new things and play with more of your humanity

– share and express more of your feelings 

– learn more about yourself and others

– find renewed commitment to being active and creative

– decrease social anxiety with new skills and perspectives

– increase tolerance for uncertainty

There’s lots more too but that will do for now!

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