FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

FOR BUSINESS LEADERS (ORGANISERS)

Who is IFB suited for?

Everyone. Our exercises (currently online only):

  • fit the personality and sensibilities of introverts and extraverts, and
  • cater to a majority of participants, who have not attended an inprov class.
What is 'yes-and' and how does it work for business?

“Yes and” is the bedrock of improv, and life. You accept what someone offers, and you build on it.

While aiming to daily resolve multiple issues in business, we often bypass answers that lie outside.

‘Yes and’ gives you ways to take existing ideas and express them in ways that improve the end result for everyone.

As listening, being present, and taking your cues from your prospect are essential tools in a post-Covid sales career.

For instance, if your state while having a coffee with your client is more “how can I support this person and help them accomplish their goals?”, then improv fits in very well.

Check out our Resources page for more links to great descriptions of how to use ‘yes and’.

Are the sessions interactive, or passive like a Zoom work meeting?

No, all IFB sessions are interactive between all team members. Through this, you avoid problems common with online video (e.g. “Zoom Fatigue”).

Our (sales) team member are out for themselves and not interested in collaboration. They're trying to win clients over each other

That’s why we mark IFB as a key part of sales development, because you have to improvise well to prospects. And those who don’t, don’t meet their quota. So it is in each salesperson’s interest to take part in an IFB Program.

You will have something concrete to take back to your job (your ‘competitors’, not so much). This can be a greater bredth of skills. Or you’ll have more room to win different sorts of clients. You’ll develop better tuned listening skills. This means you’ll put the client first.

IFB is a voluntary program, and IFB will suit most but not all.

How can a team that thrives on dominant personalities take part?

In improv, dominant personalities get as much equal time to those non-dominant. We make sure introverts get time to speak and be heard, and extraverts can meet them in the middle.

See also our answer to “My voice usually isn’t heard.”

How much will the program cost?

Our price is not the same as your cost. It’s your cost that we concentrate on. The value you see in our programs is how it helps you impact

For our price, we offer our program at $225/hour for the team (not per person). Although price isn’t the highest on the list of every buyer, it is an important consideration so the charge per team not per person helps keep this investment in your team low, and gives access to more people to do it.

The range of the program can go from $2,250 to $6,000, depending on number of people.

How many people do you fit in one session?

The range is usually between 5 and 9 people per session. Teams can be on different programs, and one ‘team’ can consist of staff from different locations who happen to work closely together. This applies equally to large enterprises and start-ups of 6 to 8 people.

But is IFB relevant for salespeople who thrive on stress?

Yes, a common belief is that stress brings in the wins. Yet, if that stress isn’t grounded, it can get out of control, especially when things aren’t going too well.

IFB role plays scenarios showing how stress needn’t dominate. We show how you can use it to get the most out of it, and make it your own.

FOR PARTICIPANTS (EMPLOYEES)

Not another meeting over Zoom, I have Zoom fatigue!

The nature of normal meetings can be very draining. The opposite is true with improv over Zoom. Rebootr’s sessions are active as well as sitting down. We mix it up, so you will be interacting at the screen with the people in different ways.

We’ll play with timing, loudness, looking and listening. And improv helps make many features of Zoom invigorating and engaging.

Will you be branching out into non-English langauges?

We are experimenting with doing sessions for non-English speakers. This is quite possible through the use of more sound based or physical exercises.

We will train facilitators to work with businesses whose staff are primarily non-English speaking.

This means we can conduct the sessions in Korean, Japanese, Chinese and other APAC languages, such as Malay.

Am I learning to perform for others?

No. IFB helps you connect with your colleagues, improve your mood states, help you listen better, and in the end, be more productive.

But, if you’re inspired to learn more about improv as (comedy) performance, we can direct you to others. We are not a performance company.

Will I have to tell jokes or be funny?

No. A core tenet of improv is about making others in your group feel accepted, and serving each other. You can relax knowing that the everyone has each other’s backs. This means egos get some time off.

Rebootr is unique, in that our goal is not laughter, performance or comedy. We can then use the full bredth of improv to explore all results beyond laughs. This doesn’t mean it won’t be fun, only that the sessions are not comedy orientated.

Laughter comes from the journey of the improv session, not its destination.

There is no expectation to be funny. Those who default to joke telling are stopped and asked to stick to the Improv Rules.

Do you want us to be positive and happy all the time?

No. Constant ‘positive and happy’ energy often is detrimental to a good functioning work environment.

And its not the only path. Other emotions that arise, such as sadness, anger and other raw emotions, can be challenging to manage. With that, you can get a feeling of accomplishment, with can be a fun process to take part in.

Will I have to pretend to be someone I am not?

Those who have concerns will be able at any time before and during the session to announce their preferences. If this is a preference of yours, then we will make sure to respect your boundaries.

I'm no good at creative play. How would improv work for me?

We all were earlier in our lives, but some had it shut down earlier.

By agreeing to go with what improv is about, you are 33% of the way there. Improv helps get the adult thinking brain out of the picture.

Most do fine and in a good safe improv state, you will do it to the best of your ability and that is acceptable.

Do I need prior experience?

No. ITB sessions work with people who have no improv experience, nor the impetus to seek a class out.

So, your experience (likely none) is built into the sessions. If you have improv experience, good on you! You’ll still get a lot out of it.

What if I dont want to play with my colleagues?

If you don’t want to play with them, we will talk with your team leaders about it. Those you play with may or may not be your team.

Will the sessions be recorded?

Often, participants choose not be recorded. We create a safe space, and many participants will not want their more creative side shown to the world.

Participants may agree if it is so others or their team leader can see what happens. Some teams or situations even thrive off improvising (e.g. for brainstorming).

If participants agree, we may ask if we can use it as a part of promotion on our website. If this is granted, we ask which parts of the video they are happy with.

What do I need to take the class?
  • A computer with an Internet connection, video camera, external/internal microphone and headphones. A headset with combined microphone and headphones such as a phone headset works. We don’t recommend you using a mobile phone or tablet, in that you may not be able to see everyone in the session or participate in every activity.
  • Stable video conferening software installed on your  computer.
  • A room where you make some noise alone with nobody else watching, where you can sit on a chair and stand up at a distance, and without any distractions, other people or pets. Our sessions are a safe place to learn and explore, with only your team mates and the IFB facilitator.
  • The ability to speak and understand conversational English, although we are researching participation with non-English speakers.
  • No use of alcohol or drugs at the session or before, as per work environment rules.
Will I be bullied during the sessions?

No. Refer to our Code of Conduct. whose boundaries hold us to the session. Those who transgresses they boundaries receive a warning. If they continue, they may also be asked to leave, with the results given to their supervisors. But this is an very rare event.

So we meant it when we say this is a psychologically safe zone.

Everyone is doing the same creative exploration as everyone else. So we expect participation from everyone (to whatever level people are comfortable with).

What if I don't want my team members seeing me being silly?

Everyone is in the same boat. Everyone gets equal time to dive into the creativity.

Further question: but what if my team mates see it as an opportunity to write down what I say, and then use it against me?

Answer: everyone goes outside of their comfort zone. Improv is a safe zone within and after the session and ‘the silliness’ within the session stays in it.

My job does not involve creativity. How can I apply improv to my work?

All jobs have some creativity. With improv, you discover how much creativity you can apply.

For instance, with IT people, improv helps problem solving. For lawyers, you step well into alternative points of views. For decision makers, you can reframe issues from negative to positive. For engineers, it can be as simple as reducing errors.

There are plenty of other examples and who they apply to, but you get the drift.

But I only deal with real situations, not fantasy.

The one big challenge is getting the head-based/adult planning/ disclaimer self out of the way. This left-brain dominant approach (for maths, IT, legal, finance etc.) is very effective for your day job, but not for moving beyond narrow confines.

Improv deals with real issues, opinions and situations, and is used throughout the day to creativity get our way from A to B and onto Z. Most of us are not aware of how we use it.

The fun word-plays that hit home are those with honesty and truth as their basis. This can be how someone is feeling or what issues your team is going through. The needs of the team determine the gams.

But I can imagine watching a show like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and thinking ‘that’ is improv. WLIIA is imagination on steroids. Their trick is massive editing of a 3 hours show down to 22 minutes.

Will I need to dress up?

No. IFB is a business orientated Program. Stick with whatever you wear to WFH work. Comedy troupes dress up, not us.

I'm an introvert, and sometimes my voice isn't heard. I'm not comfortable with performing or being pushed to come up with zany ideas.

Fair enough! IFB sessions are:

  • not performance or comedy/zinger one-lines orientated.
  • built around the needs of you and the team, which includes introverts.
  • designed to not push you. But we do encourage participation when appropriate).

Comedy groups full of extrovert activity have a lot to answer for.

How IFB utilises improv is help slow your mind down, and help you be present. That is introvert-friendly territory.

You’d be surprised, how much introverts can use improv as much as extroverts. We’re looking out for you.

Which locations do participants need to be from?

For your personal location: your WFH space.

For geographic location: We are Sydney, Australia based. But we accept any participants from UTC+5 to 8 hrs, and UTC+12 to +15hr. This includes:

UTC+12: NZ

UTC+11: Fiji and other pacific nations

UTC+10: Australia, PNG

UTC+9: South Korea, Japan

UTC+8: China, Phillipines, Taiwan

UTC+7: Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand

UTC+6: Bangladesh

UTC+5: India, Sri Lanka

UTC-6: (MDT): e.g. Colorado, Utah, New Mexico

UTC-7 (PDT): California, Oregon, Washington State

UTC-8 (AKDT): Alaska

What happens in a session?

The full text is here.

We warm you up with small exercises, both physical, sound and verbal. A Breakout Room is used so you can work in pairs to play through an game. You’ll get a good shot of adrenaline (this is what makes improv addictive to some people).

Every week, we push the envelope a bit further and the group becomes a powerhouse.

Are you a team building organisation?

No, but team building happens anyway as you do IFB together.

IFB does involve trusting your team, getting people comfortable around one and other, and strengthening bonds between coworkers.

It is with the goal of developing your reflexive problem solving and collaboration skills under stress. It’s not bonding for the sake of bonding.

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