Jon came in and ran a course of workshops for our teaching staff. He is a truly excellent course leader – every session was thoughtfully prepared, clearly structured, and scaffolded staff so that they felt comfortable, had a great time but also were able to develop skills. He was able to get staff to reflect on areas such as not fearing taking risks, trusting and working with others, letting others lead and taking the lead and allowing yourself to be creative. He quickly established an environment in which a diverse group of people worked really well together and we plan on booking him in the future for other workshops that target specific skills our teachers and managers need. Highly recommended.
A big thank you to you, Jon. It was a memorable experience which was also very appropriate for us in that, like what we wish to do in our new building, it involved people being able to express themselves explicitly in a supportive environment. The simple exercises were provocative and energising at the same time. I am still thinking about this…
We recently had Jon Trevor from Improv Initiative deliver a half day workshop for our team using Applied Improv techniques. Our aim was to provide some fun and a new experience for our team with a focus on exercises that would help us a build a high performing team that could face challenges and overcome obstacles to achieve our aims.
We had a series of group based and paired exercises using techniques that focussed on fun and playful activities that impacted on how we negotiated, dealt with challenges and made changes in order to achieve an objective. The exercises were all great fun and there were a lot of laughs. Some feedback from my team included that it made them think about the language they used and the approach they had to dealing with challenges and, how we could accommodate each other as a team in order to achieve shared objectives. Jon was extremely personable and encouraging and enthusiastic in getting people to step out of their comfort zones and try something new.
Very interesting, never boring, really stretched me.
Jon is one of the most experienced trainer/facilitators in the business! I cannot think of a situation that would daunt Jon; he is resourceful, imaginative, passionate and effective. He has more tools, games and processes than anyone else I have worked with in the last 13 years. Jon is one of those rare individuals who is as happy and capable with people on the shop floor as he is with Managing directors. Oh, and he gets results…
I found this to be incredibly eye-opening on a personal level.
I think the lessons of the day will be realised not immediately but in years to come as the trainees mature, they will realise the benefits and lessons of the day. Just like Mr Miyagi from the original Karate Kid film where his student performed mundane chores such as cleaning a car with “Wax on, Wax off” and was secretly preparing him with this unorthodox method. Likewise, with Applied Improvisation the lessons are immediately less tangible, but the skills elicited will prove to being applicable to our clinical work as well as having potential benefits for our personal relationships with colleagues, families and spouses.
Thank you for a really stimulating day – we are still talking about it. The day was superb. It was so clear that you really ingested the brief we had given you, and then you built on it in a way which engaged us for the whole day (never a dull moment). You left us with some great tools and ways of thinking and really engaged very well with the situations we deal with. During the day you took our views and made sure you were on track with what we wanted.
I am writing to thank you for the tremendous work you did with the company over the last two days. I have spoken to many of the staff this morning and most people are really buzzing. They have said they got a tremendous amount out of the last couple of days and, in particular, were really able to apply the learning from the sessions and think about its application in the workplace. Many staff have gone out of their way to say to me how effective and professional you were and how much they warmed to you. High praise indeed, particularly when you think you were starting from cold with 80% of the people there. So, once again, many thanks.
Jon Trevor delivered a fantastic, unexpected and truly rewarding session. What on the surface felt like ‘play’ was valuable in helping the group understand how we can work positively and effectively both individually and within our teams and organisations. Well worth investing in.