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Kiva will literally ‘bend over backwards’ to help you reach your goals

Kiva leads fantastic Applied Improv Workshops for Businesses, Corporate Team Building/Away Days and for Individuals in one-on-one coaching sessions. See what that all means as she interviews herself below!

OK, THAT’S GREAT…BUT WHAT IS IMPROVISATION?

Such a good question. Improv is about actively listening and reacting without planning anything in advance. Improv skills help us to be in the moment and to live each moment as it happens. By not pre-preparing we allow ourselves to think quick on our feet, use what is available to us in the moment and not get ‘stuck in our heads’ By using improv skills we can look at things in a new light and take pre existing knowledge and re arrange it to create a new, fresh perspective. If you ever feels stuck, bored, tongue tied and stiff…improv will loosen you up and allow you to think freely and enjoy the process

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WHY IS ANY OF THAT USEFUL?

Another great question. Through the use of improv skills in business (also known as Applied Improv) you will learn to be more adaptable, how to deal with problems as they happen and to allow yourself to take larger risks. We are often put on the spot and asked to make a decision quickly or to innovate on a pre-existing idea….this can be very intimidating, we are worried about messing up and concerned what our peers/ team mates will think. If there is a great sense of cohesion and support from within the team it means we can leap before we look.

Being creative used to be thought of only for people working in the arts, but now every industry calls for us to create and innovate, to stretch our imagination and to come up with new ideas of doing the same thing. Improv encourages us to be creative and to shine a light on ourselves and our work in a new way. Gaining that fresh perspective makes ‘thinking outside the box’ even easier, if your team is a well oiled machine that plays together and works together then you can encourage each other to be flexible, spontaneous and to communicate freely with each other. The result of team like that can only mean one thing- a team that collaborates, oozes confidence and gets things done!

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WHO ARE THESE WORKSHOPS FOR?

Basically…for everyone. We have fantastic workshops that have been tried and tested on a variety of topics (see below) but we can also create a bespoke workshop especially for your business needs. You can decide if you want to mix up your teams to create a cohesive team that is on brand, or you can have a specialised workshop for C levels only. Workshops generally work best with between 6- 20 people, if there are more of you in the group then we can bring in another facilitator to work with everyone simultaneously. Just contact us and we can make the best plan for you and your business. If you fancy one on one coaching to work on a specific area of personal development, we can of course help you out…just contact us!

WHAT WORKSHOPS DO YOU OFFER?

PROBLEM? WHAT PROBLEM?

This workshop is tailored to And we can do it, right? At least we think we can. What’s so hard about trying to think of new ways to approach our problems, products and processes? So when pushed to take risks, we raise our hands and nod our heads in agreement, and then we soon realize that relinquishing our boxes isn’t so easy. The irony of creativity is that it takes work.

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RISK TAKER

 
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If we are confident enough to take risks then we will mess up, make mistakes and get back up from them. Falling is not the important part, it is how you get back up afterwards. Why? Because everything about us as professionals is trained towards obsessive logic. In school and business, there is a right answer and wrong answer. There is efficiency and inefficiency, there is time saved and time wasted, there is work and play….and play can’t be work?


ONE TEAM

 
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Get the whole team on one page, learning about each other and your differences will make you a stronger, more colllaborative team. Why? Because everything about us as professionals is trained towards obsessive logic. In school and business, there is a right answer and wrong answer. There is efficiency and inefficiency, there is time saved and time wasted, there is work and play….and play can’t be work?

 

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Creativity is a tool best offered when we let loose. It’s in that freedom that we are most imaginative, instinctive and inventive. For example, one of my favorite improv games is the active listening game, “Last Word Response.” The game calls for participants to use the last word of the previous person’s sentence as the first word of their sentence. So if I said, “I love you,” the next person would say, “You are the greatest,” and then “Greatest love of all,” and so on and so forth. Improv enhances our creativity because it pushes us to think outside the box by encouraging flexibility, increased initiative, positive risk taking and fun. Quite simply, improvisation and creativity shift us out of what’s proven into more of a focus on what’s possible. boosting your creativity and imagination boosting your creativity and imagination

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BREAKING FREE FROM BEING ‘RIGHT’

 
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“It’s hard because there is pressure to make sense.” To which I ask, “who said you had to make sense?” Who’s to say you can’t say “Cool cats,” “Cool is an adjective,” “Cool Kids rule” or “Cool Whip is my favorite topping on pancakes?!” In those moments we realize that “the pressure to make sense” is code for saying something that “we know works.” Something that is familiar. Something that is reasonable. Expectation is the sister of anticipation, and there’s no anticipating in improv. The skill set teaches us to be comfortable with the unknown and enables us to take risks, constantly shift, and elevate what could be. Essentially, improv kills the box and with no box, we realize that the greatest obstacle to our creativity are ironically, the limits and rules we continue to put on ourselves.

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WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN?





WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT WORKSHOPS THAT WE CAN DO?

Examples of workshops & training programs:

Team Building
* Presenting & Public Speaking
* Effective Teams
* Executive Presence
* Effective Communication & Influence
* Creativity & Innovation
* Confidence Coaching
* Dealing with Change
* Improvisation in Business (Applied Improvisation)


Speaking to Influence
No one is exempt from having to speak or present in the workplace. Be it a presentation with clients, internally with our teams or a meeting with colleagues. We are constantly require to engage with our peers. For many, these often unscripted scenarios cause anxiety. In the masterclass we will utilise tools and techniques that empower us to engage with people more effectively in any setting that requires us communicate, speak and influence.


Presenting with Impact
Having to present to a room of investors, clients or colleagues can be daunting to anyone in an organisation. However we often prepare for our presentations focussing on the areas that require least attention. During the Masterclass, we will explore how to bring a real presence to a presentation, engaging our audience and inspiring others.


Building more Engaging Relationships
How we speak and engage with others determines our effectiveness at being effective, confidence communicators. Do we inspire confidence, show leadership and bring clarity to our interactions? This Masterclass will show us how our mindset, body language and choice of words can can make us more effective communicators and grow our self confidence working with others at any level in an organisation.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

WHY DO I KEEP SEEING THIS WORD ‘APPLIED’ IMPROV?

Applied Improv is literally exactly what it sounds like- it is using the techniques and principles of improvisation and applying them to the work place. Kiva teaches workshops for business, she uses the skills of improvisation to help people improve their public speaking, problem solving… to find out more information please contact her on how she can make a bespoke workshop for you and your business.

Bring some humour into your office with clown and playfulness! Kiva and her team bring their many years of clown expertise into your workplace in both Spain and London. Kiva has years of training in performing, public speaking, improvisation and dealing with tricky situations in the most fun way possible. She will work on communication skills, body language, and use of play to add harmony, improve confidence, take smart risks, and overcome failures. Her workshops are completely bespoke start to finish.

WHAT IS THE ONE ON ONE COACHING / EXECUTIVE PROGRAM ABOUT?


To be a great teacher you need to have been taught by some great teachers.

Neil facilitates dynamic workshops and training programs for organisations and teams that are designed to develop the strong, adaptive skills sets required for the ever evolving demands of the modern workplace. In the ever challenging business landscape, organisations need to




Neil facilitates dynamic workshops and training programs for organisations and teams that are designed to develop the strong, adaptive skills sets required for the ever evolving demands of the modern workplace.

In the ever challenging business landscape, organisations need to keep teams motivated and highly developed to ensure success. By applying unique improvisation methods, we unlock the potential in individuals and teams. Workshops and training programs are designed to be highly interactive and fun to ensure that everyone gets the most out it.

Creative Solutions for Leaders and Teams




For more details on Team Building workshops and events, please click here.

Who is this Workshop for?
* Would you like to become a more effective and confident speaker?
* Would you like to be more comfortable presenting?
* Would you like the ability to speak off the cuff with ease?
* Would you like to be able to tackle your inner critic and silence the voice of doubt in your head?
* Would you like to make a stronger impact in the workplace?

Then this Workshop is for you!


What is Improvisation (improv)?







About Neil Curran
Neil has 20 years of management and corporate experience in an international context. He has led teams throughout his career having held a senior leadership position in the Irish subsidiary of a multinational organisation.

Neil is also a Professional Improviser and stage performer, which brings a unique energy and practical approach to all of his courses. Neil has performed his signature improv show, Neil+1, to audiences around the world. He is also the Founder and Director of Improv Fest Ireland and Assistant Director of Improv Utopia Ireland.

Neil has a Masters in Training & Education and is also a qualified Executive Coach.

Neil has regularly appeared on national TV and in numerous national newspapers over the years providing thought leadership in his field including; Newstalk, Irish Times, RTÉ and TV3 (now Virgin Media One).





Why choose Neil Curran for your corporate solutions?

Neil has 20 years of management and corporate experience in an international context. He has led teams throughout his career having held a senior leadership position in the Irish subsidiary of a multinational organisation. Neil is also a Professional Improviser and stage performer, which brings a unique energy and practical approach to all of his courses. Neil has performed his signature improv show, Neil+1, to audiences around the world. He is also the
Founder and Director of Improv Fest Ireland and Assistant Director of Improv Utopia Ireland. Neil regularly appears in national media and radio discussing Improv.

So…Kiva travelled around the world meeting some of the best directors, coaches, improvisors, dramaturgs, clowns and performers to learn from. She has taken workshops and trained with world renowned teachers such as Desmond Jones, Phillippe Gaulier, Fabio Maccioni, Alex Parsonage, Omar Galvan, Jason Geary, Rodrigo Morganti, Peta,Lily, Dan Seyfried, Hernan Géné, Gael Perry, Frank Buzz, Noah Levin, Trent Pancy, David Moncada, Neil Curran and German Santori to name just the one’s she remembers as she writes this all down. She trained with the London school of Mime, Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Berty Tovias in Spain, Corn Exchange in Dublin, Spy Monkey in London and the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Griffith College.

Kiva has taken all of these skills and mixed them all up together to become a fantastic teacher, director and coach. Kiva draws inspiration from her training as a professional performer and as an improvisor and combines them with the business skills she has accumulated from running successful businesses in London and Dublin to be able to deliver fantastic teaching for professionals from all walks of life.

WEEKLY CLASSES:

Kiva teaches two weekly improvisation courses with Barcelona Improv Group in Spain. She teaches a mixture between foundation level improv, character workshops and Art of The Stage, using Improv skills to learn how to have presence on stage and how to use the space. She is currently developing a clown improvisation workshop at the moment that should be ready for students in the summer. For more information on the courses she is teaching click here: https://www.barcelonaimprovgroup.com/kiva

Kiva uses the physical theatre skills she learnt in her training in Jacques Lecoq to teach her students to enjoy being on stage and to always find the game whilst being aware of the space and the other players on stage. We love to see people discovering things on stage so we shouldn’t be afraid of messing up.

BUSINESS IMPROV: (also known as Applied Improv)

Applied Improv is literally exactly what it sounds like- it is using the techniques and principles of improvisation and applying them to the work place. Kiva teaches workshops for business, she uses the skills of improvisation to help people improve their public speaking, problem solving… to find out more information please contact her on how she can make a bespoke workshop for you and your business.

Bring some humour into your office with clown and playfulness! Kiva and her team bring their many years of clown expertise into your workplace in both Spain and London. Kiva has years of training in performing, public speaking, improvisation and dealing with tricky situations in the most fun way possible. She will work on communication skills, body language, and use of play to add harmony, improve confidence, take smart risks, and overcome failures. Her workshops are completely bespoke start to finish.

Spring into 2019 in style and add some laughter to your workplace.

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COACHING:

Kiva can also be harried as a private coach for improv teams. She can create a personalised workshop to help your team in a variety of topics such as cohesion, thinking fast, use of objects, bring in playfulness, getting rid of the fear of rejection, believing in your ideas. If you would like Kiva to come and coach your team just contact her here.

DIRECTOR:

Kiva uses her skills in physical theatre, comedy and improvisation to have a quick eye for direction. These skills help to her trust her instinct and make decisions in the moment.

Kiva co- directed the feature length film JEN with Julian Adler and Team TV productions.

Kiva directed a Play in a Day performance in Jan 2018 in Espai Jove in Barcelona to great success and is now set to collaborate with the writer on a future improvisation project. 

In 2016 & 2017 Kiva directed two cabaret pieces: 'Aurora' and 'Amalia' in 2017  which are currently touring the cabaret circuit in Lisbon, Portugal.

Kiva co- directed Caballo Blanco, Caballo Negro before it's award winning tour of Barcelona in 2015.

THEATRE COMPANY

Kiva Set up  No Guilty Bones Theatre in Barcelona in 2015 and since then they have toured internationally. Click here to see more about No Guilty Bones Theatre, their latest projects and what they have going on in 2019.