Course in Improvisation for Business Professionals
- Are you looking to make stronger connections when meeting new business clients?
- Do you have the desire to improve inter-office relationships, storytelling, and group dynamics?
- Would you like to deliver effective and more persuasive work presentations?
- Do you work in a dynamic team where an agile mindset is expected?
- Then this “improvisation for business professionals” course would be a game changer for you.
Improv Comedy Copenhagen (ICC) is one of the leading companies in Denmark that works with business professionals to help them excel in the workplace. With weekly classes, you will learn the principles that are needed to build team morale, strengthen your creative thinking, and improve personal presentation skills that will help you to deliver a more powerful performance in front of co-workers and clients.
The award-winning ICC Theatre based in the centre of Copenhagen has worked with a growing list of local and global companies. With our specially designed “Improvisation for Business Professionals” course, you will be trained by one of our expert on how to communicate more freely and make stronger personal connections that will help you broaden your professional network. By using fun lessons and exercises, your listening and collaboration skills will improve, and you will notice how your innovative ideas will start to spring up! Brainstorming in meetings will become easier and so will your capability to build onto ideas.
The ICC Theatre has thoughtfully gathered the philosophies of improvisation and developed effective techniques that can be applied to the corporate world!
How will the classes be conducted?
In a group setting, our experienced instructor will guide you through a series of exercises in a supportive and safe environment. Our intention is to create a low-stress atmosphere where everyone can learn and grow without judgment. This is essential when learning improv and what the ICC is acknowledged for during their sessions.
English and Danish
What will be the focus of each class?
Networking Techniques – In the corporate world, having a dynamic and supportive network can be the key to success. Along with a group of new students, learn networking exercises, how to connect positively with new people, improve listening and retention skills, practice conversation game changers, and relationship building.
Storytelling – As long as there have been humans, there have been stories. It’s how we have communicated news and learned from one another’s experiences. This is where you will learn how to verbally create a visual narrative so you can keep your audience engaged during e.g. your next presentation. Storytelling will help others relate to you, which can be a very powerful business tool. Need to make the subject of your next presentation interesting? Try telling a good story!
Presentation Skills – As a business professional, you understand the value an impactful presentation has on your audience. When expressing a new idea or process, whether to one person or to a room full of people, it is important to make your message stick. This class will help you become a stronger and more effective communicator. You will learn how to add emotion to your speech, control your body language, think on the spot, and adapt to your audience. With these techniques, you will overcome the fear of failure and communicate your next presentation with more confidence.
Group Work and Team Dynamics – Being a part of a strong team with a positive group dynamic are invaluable. When dynamics are positive, the group functions well and gains more success when working towards a specific goal or purpose. Using improvisational exercises with your classmates, you will be encouraged to break down barriers, problem solve, communicate, listen, accept, and explore. Learn the tools you can use to influence the direction of a team’s behaviour or performance by staying positive and gaining trust.
About the Teacher:
Stefan Pagels Andersen has worked with some of the world’s largest corporate companies where he has successfully trained employees in the methods of Improvisation Business Professionals. In 2017 alone, clients included: PETRONAS, MAERSK, CARLSBERG, World Health Organisation, ACCENTURE, DELOITTE, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, DANSKE BANK, and many more.
Stefan has performed in more than 8 Danish Feature films, several short films, and acted at Betty Nansen and The Royal Danish Theater. Professionally performing improv since 2009, he also studied at the iO Theatre in Chicago, taking their world recognized improv training program. After his education, Stefan organized the Copenhagen International Improv Festival which facilitated more than 60 International Improvisers. Following the Festival’s success, he was invited back to the iO Theater by iO founder, Charna Halpern, to shadow teach under some of the world’s best instructors.
He played the character POUL in the improvised feature film, Det Andet Liv, which premiered in August 2014 and received extraordinary reviews. He has performed at the iO Theater in The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience & Hootenanny (Chicago’s longest running improv show). He also performed with some of Chicago’s best improvisers, and in the fall of 2014, he travelled around more than 12 cities in Europe with iO performers Lyndsay Hailey, Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto. He continued travelling to four more cities with the world’s best improv performers, TJ and Dave (noted as the two best improvisers in the world by Steven Colbert), shadowing their classes and performing in shows.
In 2015, Stefan organized the second Copenhagen International Improv Festival, opened by the U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford, who also participated in the show. In 2016, he realized his dream of opening the first ever professional improv theatre in Denmark, The Improv Comedy Copenhagen (ICC) Theatre, with his partner, Kasper Jacobsen.
The ICC Theatre was then awarded 2017 BEST STAGE IN COPENHAGEN after only 10 months of operation. Since ICC Opened, Stefan has taught more than 700 students in Copenhagen, besides teaching in Latvia, Bulgaria, Italy, South Africa, and Dubai.
Stefan also represents Denmark as a member of the European improv community OHANA: an organization including the 40 top improv instructors from around Europe. With OHANA, he has performed in Barcelona, Athens, and Sofia.
Stefan performs regularly at the ICC Theatre and teaches at the ICC Training Centre. In 2017, Stefan was awarded BEST TEACHER in Denmark by the Danish improv community, while his team Meanwhile, Back at the Lab won BEST IMPROV TEAM.
Since 2016, he has performed multiple shows with renowned improv talents such as:
|Jason Shotts (iO Chicago)
Colleen Doyle (iO Chicago)
Steve Waltien (iO Chicago)
Blaine Swen (iO / Improvised Shakespeare)
Jaime Moyer (Second City)
Jay Sukow (Second City)
|Adam Cawley (Second City – Canada)
Rob Norman (Second City – Canada)
Alastair Forbes (Second City – Canada)
Connor Thompson (Second City – Canada)
Brian Urreta (UCB NY)
Will Hines (UCB LA)
Eliza Skinner (UCB LA)