Good improv relies on great communication. Let WIT@Work workshops help your team build the skills to:

Listen Better

If you want to be a better communicator, start by being a better listener. WIT@Work workshops can help your team become better at hearing the full message – not just the words, but the full content of what colleagues and clients are conveying. Improv principles and exercises help participants learn to be more fully present and engaged listeners. That includes using these skills in high stakes, high stress environments, where they’re needed most.

Communicate Effectively, Off-the-Cuff, in a High Pressure and High Stakes Environment

WIT@Work’s improv-based workshops help participants communicate in the real-world situations that matter (and flummox communicators) the most. Odds are, you spend most of your work day speaking without a script. You and your team are already improvising every day, and WIT@Work can help you be great improvisers.

Presence, Authenticity, and Storytelling

WIT@Work workshops helps lift the skills and tools that actors draw on for the stage and take them into the boardroom, the courtroom, and wherever effective communication is vital. Participants learn to speak more openly and authentically, and to harness the power of storytelling and narrative to shape and strengthen their message.

Rehearse for Success

We can work with you to design trainings that let your client-facing team members rehearse and refine how they engage with your clients.

Experience Matters!

Washington Improv Theater is one of the largest improv training centers in the United States and has been leading applied improv training for 15 years. WIT@Work has a phenomenal team of trainers, and our WIT@Work Director holds a Ph.D, and has over a decade of experience designing, delivering, and overseeing professional trainings.

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Odds are, you spend most of your work speaking without a script. You and your team are improvising every day, and WIT@Work can help you be great improvisers.

We work with a wide range of clients to improve communication, including both communication within teams and communication with external clients and stakeholders.Here are some examples of our work:

Law

Communication is a core component of legal work in the courtroom, with clients, and within legal teams.With that in mind, we have worked with a wide range of law firms (e.g. McDermott Will & Emery; Kelly Drye & Warren), with every level legal professional, from partners working to generate new business, to mid-level associates working on career advancement and cross-firm collaboration, to summer associates having a compelling and engaging first connecting with the firm.

Marketing and Public Relations

We regularly work with marketing PR firms, both to build and expand their own communication skills, as well as to give them new tools and exercises to assist them in preparing their clients. Clients include Burness Communications, Ogilvy, M+R, Dogfish Head Brewery

Scientists and Technical Professionals

Improv is increasingly being used to help scientists and technical professionals effectively reach out to and engage wider, lay audiences. WIT@Work clients include the Koshland Science Museum and the National Institutes of Health. And at a personal level we get the deep value of helping technical experts, researchers, and academics communicate effectively–two of our WIT@Work trainers hold Ph.D.s

Education & Academia

Communication is a core-competency across the disciplines and throughout the educational experience. Toward that, WIT@Work has designed and led applied improv workshops for college groups ranging from large incoming freshman classes to graduate MBA cohorts. We also have regularly led classes in teacher (k-12) and university faculty development. Our clients have included George Washington University, George Mason University, and Sidwell Friends.

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We will tailor the teambuilding workshop to fit your time constraints. Typically, teambuilding workshops last between 1.5 and 3 hours.
We have run workshops for groups ranging in size from five to five hundred participants.
Yes! We’re happy to travel to your site. All that’s needed is an open space large enough for the whole group (or multiple break-out groups) to stand in a large circle. Ideally there is also seating around the outer edge of the room. We’re also happy to travel outside the DC region and have led WIT@Work workshops across the US and internationally.
Yes! WIT@Work is based out of Source (1835 14th St. NW), and we can host the training in one of our classrooms or the theater space itself. If hosted at the theater, additional space rental charges will apply.
Cost varies by length of time, number of participants, and site location. If you fill out this form (link to query) we can quickly get back to you with additional information and a price quote. We do our best to work with your training goals, time constraints, and budget.

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Curious about bringing some WIT to your workplace? Just fill out this questionnaire and submit it. Our WIT@Work Training Manager, John Windmueller, will be in touch with you shortly.