Our business trainings and team-building workshops use Applied Improvisation to improve office communication, efficiency, and add fun and laughter to your workplace. We bring the experience right to your location! Our knowledgeable and energetic ComedySportz instructors will create a low-stress atmosphere where your group can relax and learn the skills of creative problem solving, listening, and group trust – all while your team is having fun and laughing from start to finish!
Communications Skills. Customer Service. Leadership. Creativity. Agility. Soft Skills. Employee Engagement.
As CSz performers, we use our improvisation skills onstage to make people laugh. Offstage we use them to run a successful business. We specialize in teaching people how to use improvisation techniques in their work lives. We teach the essential, yet often overlooked or discarded, communication and listening skills that will consistently improve the quality of your work, home and social relationships. We call this Applied Improvisation.
Improvisation is not “winging it”. It’s a highly-refined system of observing, connecting and responding:
- Listening – with true focus, staying in the moment
- Accepting – circumstances and what others bring to the table
- Supporting – making others look good
- Taking Competent Risks – trusting and using your intuition
- Letting Go of Mistakes – learn and move on
CSz has delivered successful training to employees in every known industry, from network execs to nuns, from lawyers to lumberjacks, to high-tech engineers. At least 65 of this year’s Fortune 500 companies have utilized a CSz training. We offer vital information in a format that’s thoroughly entertaining and makes the discussion of key concepts both more resonant and memorable for your people. And that’s the goal – give them a great experience that will bond them socially and empower them in their work capacity. One more thing: We never forget the fun!
What Our Customers Say About Us
“My team had a great time with Dave in a 2 hour improv session. We played games and laughed, things got weird but in a good way. Would recommend for a team building workshop to think outside the box.”
“Bob Newhart started out as an accountant. So humor is in our DNA! At least it looked like it last Friday when David and Alex of CSz Seattle showed up at the Washington Athletic Club. They led about 40 members of the local Institute of Management Accountants through a very humorous examination of communication failures and successes. Using presentation comedy and team participation, accountants, not always known as great communicators, had a hands-on opportunity to strut their stuff. You guessed it…lots of laughs. And, lots of lessons that illuminate what a challenge good communication really is. Things we think simple are often easily misinterpreted. While very funny with CSz by our side…they can bring disaster in the workplace. Everyone enjoyed themselves and came away with a renewed sense of how much work needs to go into getting your point across, explaining how to use or do something, and simply stating what you think. A refreshing and very engaging group effort. Thank you CSz. Hope we can do it again next year.”
Dave G, The Greater Seattle Chapter of the IMA, April 24, 2017
Max G. Penske Truck Rental, April 12, 2017
“Dave and his team were easy to work with, highly professional and a lot of fun! My team really enjoyed their training.”
Lydia L., United Way of King County on January 24, 2017
“My team of 8 people did a 1hr improv & team building class with Dave from CSz Seattle. The time flew by and we had a great time doing improv warm up activities and connecting them to teamwork in the workplace. A couple people in the group have had a lot of experience with improv so mentioned they could have done more complicated games, but the rest were new and appreciated how approachable the games were and that no one was ever put on the spot to perform for everyone else. It was a really fun experience and I’d definitely recommend to another team looking for a interactive and energizing morale event.”
Sarah F., Code.Org on January 20, 2017
“Perfect experience for our team; it was a fun and different way to work on our communication and presentation skills. Not sitting around a meeting table listening to people talk but going through Dave’s ridiculous exercises was a creative and refreshing way to improve our skills as a team. We loved this experience. Thank you CSz!
Jane M, Mountain Safety Research, on February 2, 2017
“CSz Seattle provided an excellent team-building event for our national conference attendees in our hotel conference area. With little work on my part to coordinate this event with CSz, the CSz crew arrived and provided an extremely fun and energetic set of activities. The activities were inclusive and not overly burdensome to those introverts in our group. These guys were fun and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to any group, large or small. CSz also provided an evening “show” during our conference reception. Based on our request to ensure the material was appropriate for our business/professional group, CSz again provided a fantastic show for us. It truly was amazing what this troupe can do! The feedback from the conference participants overwhelmingly listed the CSz events as “excellent” and the teambuilding was regarded as very valuable as a way for people to get to know each other.”
Tim A. on October 13, 2015
“Our cheeks hurt from smiling so much! I am so glad we had CSZ out for our event! They did an awesome job, we had a group of about 40 people and everyone could participate and had a great time :)”
Nikki Baker, Washington State Patrol Budgeting and Fiscal Services, Oct. 26, 2016
“Josh and Dave did a great job encouraging participation and keeping everyone engaged during our workshop.”
Becky B. on January 27, 2016
“Great experience for our company workshop. Dave promised it to be entertaining, educational and unforgettable and it was all that and more!”
Amber J. on February 16, 2016
CSz Seattle can design a training to fit your needs and goals. Let us know what your needs are, and we’ll design for your goals!
Our Trainers’ Certification
Dave Bogan, CAI-SP (Senior Practitioner, CSz Worldwide)
Alex Grindeland, CAI-SP (Senior Practitioner, CSz Worldwide)