Could Improv be Key to Effective Communication in Business?

Fort Worth comedy troupe Four Day Weekend is helping businesses open the line of communication through workshops.

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We’ve all been guilty of it. A great idea pops into our head, but whether it’s fear of rejection or believing our thoughts are unwelcome, we leave the meeting without speaking a word. 

Members of a Fort Worth comedy troupe want to break down those barriers for speaking out and their approach uses a tool that has helped them gain their own success — improv. 

Four Day Weekend has hosted team building workshops for companies such as Bell Helicopter and Southwest Airlines. The goal is to push employees out of their comfort zone, improve active listening skills, and foster a flow of ideas as a team through improv exercises, according to The Dallas Morning News.  

Companies can host workshops in the comedy troupe’s downtown Fort Worth theater or request for troupe members to travel to their conferences off-site. 

The troupe’s out-of-the-box thinking landed them the honor of entrepreneur-in-residence at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business in 2016.

Brad Hancock, director of the Neeley Entrepreneurial Center, told The News that encouraging an abstract and creative mindset aligns with business objectives. 

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