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Connection.
Collaboration.
Learning through Laughter.

 

What We Do

Nerd Improv offers 1-3 hour workshops to help your team build camaraderie, develop communication skills, have fun! and get to know each other better. We pull from our extensive activity list to design each workshop specific to a Client's goals for their team.

Sample client goals from previous workshops include:

  • Active Listening to help a Sales Team better respond to what they're hearing

  • Collaborative Storytelling to help a Marketing Team strengthen their brand

  • Maximum Laughter to pull members of a Software Development Team out of their shells

  • Top of Mind Thinking to help a Legal Team break from existing processes & innovate creative solutions

Principles of Improv

At Nerd Improv we pride ourselves in offering workshops that push the collective comfort boundary while simultaneously maintaining an emotionally safe environment for each participant. We drive reflective learning as much as stomach-wrenching laughter. Learning alongside laughter. Learning through Laughter.

We leverage playful activities as an opportunity for staff development. Sushi making and drunk bowling are fun! What makes Nerd Improv different is that we make sure each participant is fully engaged, and that colleagues leave feeling that they know each other better. Takeaways are framed around our guiding Principles of Improv.

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Active Listening

Listening, actually, without thinking of what to say next. It’s harder than you think

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Creative Thinking

Recognizing structures that prevent innovation. Thinking outside the box.

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Permission to Take Risks

Creating emotionally safe environments. Celebrating mistakes. Learning from them.

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Group Support

Sharing responsibility of the final product. Accountability meets camaraderie.

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

— Albert Einstein

Partial Client List

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Our Locations

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2012

The sky was filled with heavy fog. San Francisco. Nerd Improv was born.

Coast to Coast

We’ve grown rapidly since our founding. Nerd Improv now has coaches based out of three cities - San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Whether you’re looking to do a workshop for 5 people or a group of 150, we have the coaches to make it happen. Mountain View or Palo Alto? We’ll be right over. Washington DC? We were there a couple months ago! We haven’t made it to rural Nebraska yet, but we’ll get there. Let us know where you’re thinking to do a workshop.

Where, exactly?

Our workshops are remote. 90% of the time we come to your place of work - No props, no prob! All we ask for is an open space large enough to accommodate your full group standing in a circle. We can even do workshops outside. If you need to book a venue, we’ll be happy to put you in touch with a handful of our favorites. And when the place is booked...all you have to do is show up.

Testimonials

Linzi Breckenridge
Vertical Response

Dedicating an afternoon to practicing improv was such a great experience for our team. Everyone (everyone!) had a blast. Josh was excellent at guiding us into a space that was safe and playful. He clearly knew exactly what was needed at the time. Would highly recommend it.


Jen Pi
Lyft

Danny and the team's energy was infectious and they were able to moderate effectively despite there being 100 of us. They were able to organize the activities in a way where we would change up the group dynamics and size to keep it dynamic, and personal. The activities were unique, and helped to build new interaction patterns based on openness, respect, and an awesome shared experience. It was really exciting to see colleagues come out of their shell, and step outside the routine of the heads down, day-to-day that can affect us all. The team really enjoyed the takeaways in being better active listeners, pushing ourselves to be uncomfortable, taking risks, and developing more empathy for one another. The activities and learnings will be valuable tools to take with us to our everyday that I believe will help increase our presence and engagement with each other, and ultimately boost productivity, personal/professional fulfillment, and fun factor :)


Ellie Hardy
R/GA

Nerd Improv did such a good job reading my team and adapting the exercises to fit their energy.  We laughed so much and I saw so many personalities coming out of shells! They are totally professional and really understand team dynamics and how the improv exercises relate to day to day work.


Kimi Hein
Sprinklr

This was the straight-up-best-event we've ever had -- and we've done archery tag, bubble soccer, ping pong playoffs, guacamole competitions, karaoke, film fest ... everything. One person said they were going to try it out and leave after five minutes. He rocked it the whole time.


Jay Thomas
Nextdoor

Our workshop was more than just fun.  We learned a lot of new things about one another's communication styles, senses of humor, and the way we think. We went in assuming we knew each other pretty well -- and left with a new appreciation for each other.

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