Magnet Genius Machine is the corporate training and workshop division of the Magnet Theater & Magnet Training Center, an improvisation, sketch comedy, and storytelling school.get in touch
To think fast, you have to slow down and listen – to your client, to your gut, and to each other. Improv is ‘listening training.’
All of our workshops harness the power of ‘Yes, and…’ This mutual agreement is the basic principle of all good improvisation. We say “Yes” to each other’s ideas, and then build directly off that idea with “and…”
Make your partner (colleague, co-worker) look like a genius, and they will start doing and saying things that are, well, genius. When we begin with an attitude of support, creatively flourishes.
Stories are tools we use to make sense of the world. Stories have a profound impact on us because they engage different parts of our brains at the same time, generating a web of new emotional and logical connections in our mind. We use stories to educate, persuade, convey our values and bring us together. Crafting a good story and telling it well are skills that can be learned and practiced.
We use improvisation to help groups generate ideas. Innovating takes teamwork, focus, energy and risk. Our ideation facilitator packs all of those elements into a high-performance session, using a process designed to remove the obstacles that prevent great ideas from getting through, and tricks us into building on an idea before we have a chance to give up on it. Sessions work well when designed around a specific goal or set of business problems.
We conducted a full day training with the entire staff of The Howard Stern Show! What an amazing day. And Howard said on his show: “They did such a wonderful job, the team learned a lot apparently, except Scott, one of the engineers… It’s really a very bonding kind of thing and it was a […]
Big thanks to The Energy Project CEO Tony Schwartz for bringing in Magnet Genius Machine to facilitate workshops on Improv and Storytelling at their annual retreat. Facilitators Ed Herbstman and Melanie Hoopes had an amazing 4 days with you and your wonderful colleagues, and are particularly happy to see your latest New York Times Blog […]
We had a wonderful two days of Improv at the New York Twitter offices this week. Check out this article on how former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo used Improv to help him become a better leader: http://www.businessinsider.com/twitter-ceo-dick-costolo-improv-comedy-leadership-2015-2
Here’s something fun all about the collision of professionals and comedy. In this case, the comedy is stand-up and the professional is our Director of Corporate Events, Jocelyn Chia! Here CNBC.com interviews Jocelyn on what it’s like to be an experienced attorney doing comedy, and winning the funniest lawyer comedy competition. Check it out here:
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