How Improvisation Acting Techniques Can Help Company Culture

By Eric Taussig | Updated: 17 Nov, 2022

Dave Collins is the Founder and CEO of Oak and Reeds, which offers practical business training to clients, including CBRE, PayPal, the Kellogg School of Management, and more. He is a nationally recognized trainer, facilitator, accomplished improviser, and speaker. Previously, Dave worked at StubHub, focusing on building communication strategies to improve the ticket seller experience.

Dave was also a Strategic Consultant at AECOM Strategy Plus, where he developed workplace strategy, change management, and virtual collaboration services for government, technology, and university clients. He won the National Collegiate Improv Tournament, has headlined shows and festivals across the country, and coached hundreds of people in improvised comedy.


Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Dave Collins shares his personal and professional background
  • The role of improv in business success
  • What is a "Yes, and" approach?
  • People that have contributed to Dave’s improv and communication journey
  • Dave’s wins as an improviser
  • The impact of communication on the growth of an individual and organizations
  • Tips for improving people’s communication skills

In this episode…

The business environment is continuously evolving, causing rapid organizational change. So, how do you improvise to stay competitive in your industry?

According to Dave Collins, to successfully maneuver the ever-changing business environment, the team in a particular organization needs to be able to improvise, communicate, and collaborate. His belief that everyone is an improviser propelled him to start Oak and Reeds to take the improv skills people already have and help them apply them in their day-to-day work. He now explains how he combines proven learning strategies with improv comedy techniques to help businesses across industries solve common organizational challenges.

In this episode of Amplify People, Eric Taussig sits down with Dave Collins, Founder and CEO of Oak and Reeds, to discuss how businesses can scale through improvisation. Dave explains the role improv plays in business success, the “yes, and” approach, the impact of communication on the growth of an individual and organizations, and how to improve your communication skills.

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