Through the principles of improvisation, we teach people to
be more effective in the areas of leadership, customer service,
sales, creativity, communication and teambuilding.
in which something new and exciting is created in a moment of
spontaneitya flash of discovery ignited by a spark of
|The Improv experts at Out of the Blue are grounded in solid business principles – competent, talented, and professional. We blend our experience in business with our expertise in improvisation & theater to create dynamic, interactive keynote speeches and workshops that motivate, inspire, and have immediate applications in your real world–including interpersonal communication, leadership, change management and client and colleague relationships.
Our programs are based on improvisation theater techniques and bring a transformational experience to your audience. Participants walk away with a deeper sense of their own capacity for teamwork, breaking personal barriers, creativity and productive communication.
|Out of the Blue’s Custom Comedy & Improvisation Shows are highly original, hilarious, clean and right on target with your message. And, our Event Production Expertise will provide your next important business event with savvy show producers, directors, writers and performers that can make it happen–whether your curtain goes up in a conference room, ballroom, or convention center.
Out of the Blue's acclaimed "Performance Keynote" presentation blends our keynote content into a unique multiple-speaker, multi-media, theatrical event.
Our message is delivered by the "ultimate presenters" – a cast of two to four professional speakers who are also highly trained improvisation actors. Your audience will listen, laugh and learn in our fast-paced, humor- packed, message-rich performance keynote–customized for you and with you, every step of the way. Whether the topic is customer service, teambuilding, leadership, sales or creativity, we’ve got the perfect program for you.
of the Blue swept in and re-energized our company in a manner
that far exceeded our expectations. This is one experience
your company cannot afford to miss!"
-- Beth Cecil, Senior Manager
Wheaton Sport Center
Improvise This! How to Think on Your Feet so You Don't Fall on Your Face (Based on the book by Mark Bergren, Molly Cox and Jim Detmar.)
Spontaneous Combustion– Igniting the Spirit of Customer Service (Leadership, teambuilding, sales)
Learn how to ignite the creative spark, take risks, work as a team, break repetitive habits, put your energy "out," not "in," lead by example, work from the gut and create personal confidence in your intuitive self.
60 - 90 minutes
Call for information about our keynote and workshop packages.
Workshops - But No "Work" Allowed!
You are onstage every day performing the scenes of your life
in a play without a script. Out of the Blues Improvisation
Workshops will help you tap into your natural abilities
to take chances and calculated risks at work and at play. The
goal of our Workshops is to help you become more of who you
are through interactive team exercises, activities and experienced
coaching in improvisation skills.
Learning how to improvise is about giving you the confidence
to be more flexible, spontaneous, and fun loving in your own
authentic way as you play the scenes of your life. There are
countless business and personal life scenarios where gaining
this enhanced ability to think on your feet and react with self-assurance
would be an enormous asset in the areas of customer service,
sales, teambuilding and leadership, just to name a few.
In todays rough and tumble business culture, youre
expected to keep up with the pace of technology as well as outsmart
your competition. In a larger sense, what really counts is your
ability to adapt to frequent and sudden changes. Your willingness
and ability to seize each change and embrace it with flexibility
and spontaneity can mean the difference between mediocrity and
success. Becoming a fearless improviser will help.
Out of the Blues Improvisation Workshops give your attendees
the opportunity to allow their natural spontaneity to grow and
flourish in a fun, vibrant and judgment free learning environment.
energy and enthusiasm is infectious. I know that our associates
walked away from your sessions with a new outlook on their positions
and a new focus on how to deal with the day-to-day issues that
-Renee Tolson, Partner
Hardy Development Group, Inc.
- To confidently say "Yes
in a "No" corporate culture.
- To interact effectively with your daily
"scene partners," on the job and at home through
- To successfully "Go With Your Gut"
in dynamic business relationships.
- To commit to every "life scene"
fully with more humor, creativity and spontaneity.
90 minutes, half-day, full day & multi-day.
Call for information about our Workshop & Performance Keynote
How to deliver Championship Customer Service!
Let’s face it, customer service is a game. You either win…or you go home. And in today’s demanding business climate, your team must be prepared to play the game. Out of the Blue’s easy to implement training Workshop coaches your team how to consistently S.C.O.R.E. big points with customers, ensuring that your company wins the most coveted of titles: Championship Customer Service. No trophy... no trip to Disneyworld... just customers who become your biggest fans and brand advocates.
S.C.O.R.E., takes customer service forward to the basics—the X’s and O’s.
Set the Stage
C. - Communication & Confidence
O. - Open Mind & Open Arms
R. - Resilience
E. - Engage with Energy Out
“On behalf of the entire ProStaff
team, I’d like to thank you for your contribution
in making our annual meeting a huge success. The SCORE exercise
is something that we’re looking to add to our new
employee orientation, and daily routine in general.”
- T. Chalupsky, Regional Vice President
60 Minutes to 3.5 hours
|Programs for Educators
Out of the Blue provides customized seminars and workshops in the areas of:
- Peer Coaching
- Teacher & Administrator Training & Enrichment
- Kick-Off Events
- National & Regional Conferences
"I can’t imagine a better way to gain the skills and knowledge for being a successful peer coach, nor better instructors to get us there. In fact, we have made the practice of improvisation training with Jim Detmar and Mark Bergren a staple of our yearly professional development."
Q Comp Supervisor
Wayzata Public Schools
Every organization needs to be innovative. But how can yours consistently generate new ideas, or products, product extensions, new markets and new ways of doing business? Out of the Blue has an answer. Apply the principles of improvisation in our unique BlueSky Creativity Workshop. Using Improvisation team tools, participants experience an energetic non-traditional brainstorm session in a judgment-free environment, which is specifically geared toward their goals and outcomes.
And, it all starts with the simple phrase; “Yes…And!” enabling their creativity to go from partly cloudy to a “100% chance of brainstorms.”
This program is perfect for in-house conferences or convention breakout sessions.
The Las Vegas Athletic Clubs generated 100 new ideas to increase sales and employee retention in only 2 hours.
- Idea Generation
- Report Out - Presentation
Breakout, half-day, or full day.
COMEDY AND IMPROVISATION SHOWS
DEPT. OF "HR" Humor Resources
It has been proven that people learn more and remember it when than are being entertained and not being bored to tears or to sleep… or early retirement. And commonality is one of the key ingredients in bringing people together to forge strong staff bonds. Out of the Blue’s unique brand of corporate comedy provides the perfect conduit to connect these two very important elements of corporate success.
Our Corporate Comedy is training & entertainment linked into a seamless "laugh & learn" package.
Whether your event goal is simply to provide relaxation and laughter, or it’s a new product rollout that needs an inventive theatrical twist, Out of The Blue can tailor a program that delivers the sure-fire funny that’ll have your attendees asking each other, "How do they do that?"
of the Blue literally blew our attendees away when you presented
last week. No only did you have everyone rolling in the aisles
with your “spot on” sketches, but your message
was so well received. If anyone asks, you can say I recommend
you 100%. No, make that 200% - but only if they want to have
the very best sales meeting of the year.”
- Program Chair, S.M.E. – Sales & Marketing Executives
to Midwest Meeting magazine “Hard Laughter” article
Consisting of original sketches, songs & improvisation, or the simple hilarity of improvisation alone, Out of the Blue’s anything but standard offering features a cast of 3 to 5 actors and a musician who perform in a high-energy, fast-paced comedy revue format.
We are skilled at working closely with you to customize our written material to your exact content needs. And– our menu of audience interactive improvisation pieces, from scenes to song to satire, is virtually endless.
While many entertainment companies can make this offer, no one is as well versed at adding the personalized business touch as Out of the Blue. Our amazing improvisers steeped in corporate savvy, can deliver the punch lines while punching up your message Lean and mean… and always clean.
“You must know that our
VP Vision Quest evening was met with rave reviews. Our president
Dave Pottruck, kept saying, “How do they know so much
about us?” The scripts you wrote were right on and will
be remembered, by all involved, for a long time.”
---Amelia Harding, Senior Creative and
Production Manager, Charles Schwab
Emcee / Master of Ceremonies
Emcee / Master of Ceremonies
An Out of the Blue emcee can ensure seamless transitions, professional introductions, sustained interest and high energy levels. All of our emcees are highly trained improv actors and speakers who can roll with the punches and add humor to even the driest event.
“Thank you for the GREAT job
at the Media Best Awards. The mock award show was hysterical!
You were both funny and very professional.
You added a lot to our event.”
--- Rebecca Mellor, Minnesota Broadcasters Association
Dont hesitate to give us
a casting call.
Show & Event Creative Direction
When it comes to Event Expertise, Out of the Blue partners have years of experience as creative directors, writers and producers for national sales events, award evenings, product roll-outs and major trade show exhibits, and more – for clients such as Butler Manufacturing, Wells Fargo, Charles Schwab, Whirlpool, and Disney Event Productions.
Script & Speechwriting
The creative team at Out of the Blue scripts many original, professional comedy, satire and musical productions for such venues as the Brave New Workshop, the Actors Theater of Minnesota, and Disney Entertainment. In addition, we craft start-to-finish scripts for national sales meetings, special events, after dinner entertainment and trade show presentations. Allow us to color your script and speech with our unique business and theatrical perspective.
Speech & Presentation Coaching
In today’s media-focused business world the ability to engage your audience, whether it’s in a live speech, a conference room presentation, an interview, or in a web video is an essential skill. Our coaches have extensive performance and teaching backgrounds and will provide you with practical tools and techniques to make you “pitch perfect” the next time you’re in front of an audience or a video camera.
Does a quick three to five minute comedic short film that opens your annual meeting or a series of one-minute “man- on- the- street” video interviews to segue from speaker to speaker sound like a winner?
“From beginning to
end you showed a true desire to understand our business, understand
our audience and meet, no, exceed our expectations! The video
hit the mark and was really funny!”
--Pat Hickey, Chief Operating Officer Executive
Vice President, Lifetouch Publishing, Inc.
of the Blue
2414 West 65 ½ Street
Minneapolis, MN 55423