Trainer & Coach

Improv trainer and coach Ryan Millar giving an improv workshop

Ryan Millar — improv, storytelling and public speaking workshops. PHOTO: Olivier Valiente

Ryan has been giving workshops since he was a camp counsellor. Across countries, disciplines and contexts. Now, he specializes in giving workshops and training to artists, actors, and businesses looking to get more skill and dynamism in the work they do and how they present themselves. Read on to learn more about the types of workshops and training sessions Ryan offers.

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Types of workshops and trainings

Public Speaking & Presenting

Poorly delivered presentations have less impact. Well-delivered presentations get results. But there is no single way to do this; different presentation styles work for different people and in different contexts. This session equips you and your team with a framework and tools and tricks to create (and deliver) successful, persuasive presentations. This workshop is also a daylong Guardian Masterclass.

Charisma & Influence

Charisma is the ability to attract, influence, and charm the people around you. Some people think you either have it or you don’t. But many of the behaviors that make someone charismatic can be identified and learned. In this hands-on and highly interactive session, you’ll develop your personal magnetism, learn to relate to people better, and gain self-confidence. Can also be delivered online.

Writing & Editing

A good writer has clarity of thought, attention to detail, and the ability to express themselves—all highly valued abilities. Writing better can help an individual get ahead, and can help teams produce better results. This hands-on and practical session focuses on writing and editing fundamentals to build confidence and creativity.

Storytelling

They say that ‘great stories happen to the people who can tell them’. This session will help you become one of those people. Being able to recognize a story—and the story structure—and being able to build it into an actual engaging narrative can be the difference between getting what you want and not getting anything at all.

Improv trainer Ryan Millar gives a workshop

Ryan Millar improv, storytelling and public speaking workshops PHOTO: Olivier Valiente

Applied Improvisation workshops

Applied Improv does just what the name suggests: it applies improv to practical contexts. Like work, our social life or our creative practice. Used this way, improv can help us in developing and harnessing creativity, fostering teamwork and getting better results.

Below are some of the workshops I suggest to clients, although topics can be tailored to suit individual needs.

Group Improv Training

These are a great way to get groups, small or large, together to have some constructive fun. Elements include interpersonal communication, presentation skills, listening, collaboration, and being ‘in the moment’. Through exercises and activities, participants will develop the ability to connect with each other and have fun. Guaranteed to produce creative sparks and deliver strategies to channel innovations into workable ideas. A great way to re-energize a team.

The Big Idea

How does a good idea become a great idea? By being honed, developed and built on! Whether for a product, a short story, or a recipe, this session helps participants learn how to generate ideas and build on them. Individually and in small groups. This session is an exciting way to channel our ideas into workable products (or, just enjoy the process).

Gameplay and you

Playing games has both positive and negative connotations. And so it should. This fun, interactive and challenging session uses the mechanics of Rock, Paper Scissors, to help participants understand the principles behind competition and gameplay in everyday life. Afterward, participants will know how to access their inner competitor (and co-operator), think strategically, and solve problems logically.

Creativity and collaboration

Not everyone wants to learn to improvise. But everyone enjoys an energizing session as part of—or as the focus of—an away day, team-building session, or meeting. Using improv principles, a creativity and collaboration session will get people on their feet and thinking in new and inspiring ways.

In addition to the examples above, sessions can be custom-designed to suit your needs.

Get in touch if you need more info.

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