Improvisation & STORYTELLING

workshop ON spontaneity & poise


In organizations, leaders are sometimes forced to step in during a crisis, speak extemporaneously, or react to something in the environment still looking poised and in control. But many fail to do so because they have not been trained to think on their feet.

Improvisation is the key. It is a theatrical technique where actors are given new offers and co-actors accepting them before building a coherent story together. In this workshop, participants will practise speaking on a topic of their choice based on the stimulus given. 

Building on those skills, participants learn the craft of storytelling using objects as metaphors. The key difference in participants' confidence in storytelling is most affectively felt when participants go with the flow by accepting new offers before modifying them. 


You will

  • use your body, space, and objects in creative ways
  • react spontaneously with surprise elements
  • experiment with telling an unscripted story using metaphors
  • gain a deeper understanding on the principles of improvisations


From 3.5 hours to 2 days



Professor Robert Kelly was being interviewed live on BBC News about South Korea when his children, one after another, enter the room. This is followed by his wife crawling in to get their children out of the room, and later scrambling in to close the door. 

Professor Kelly remained apologetic, but his inability to react to surprise elements is a clear example of non-spontaneity.

What could you have done if you were in his shoes?


What happens if you are given an envelope that did not make sense? Watch Warren Beatty trying to react spontaneously but with the pressure of lights, music, and live camera action, he passes the envelope to Faye Dunaway, who overlooked the mistake.

La La Land's producers try to react to the crisis (and disappointment), albeit with a joke. 

Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the evening, also came up to 'resolve' the tension with laughter. 

How do you respond to chaos?


improvisation; spontaneity; storytelling; image theatre; tableaux; metaphor; symbol; public speaking; poise; presence

To experience alternative ways to act