We had Lisa run an improv workshop for our team of 40 people and everyone absolutely loved it! The entire event was a surprise for the team, no one knew what was coming, and Lisa helped everyone feel comfortable, ease into a few games and then crack out of their shells. Collaboration, team work, communication and fearlessness were the qualities that I wanted to encourage and Lisa did a fantastic job for us!
Founder & CEO | Polar
Yesterday’s workshop was awesome!!!! I feel like everybody took something different away from it and I for one can say I definitely learned to communicate better. Thank you!!!
Accuristix Advancing Healthcare Logistics
We had a wonderful time with Lisa on Friday. There was a lot of interaction and laughter, and more importantly, there were many themes that resonate with what we do every day. It was a good introduction for the new joiners of the company, and a great reminder for those of us who have been around for awhile. Please send my sincere thanks to Lisa for her great work…
Y. Wu. Capco
How does improv lead to insights into effective communication, greater creativity, and conflict resolution? Through the inspired teaching of Lisa Merchant. Thank you, Lisa, for contributing your wisdom to classes over the years.
Leslie H. Macleod, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (ADR), Principal of Leslie H. Macleod & Associates, Specialists in Conflict Resolution.
Best team building event ever! We would like to thank Amy and Lisa for running a fantastic improv session for all our employees. They were enthusiastic, informative and above all were able to improve communication in a work environment through excellent improv exercises. Everyone participated and thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were talking about the event for days! Great experience and a great way to build a team relationship! Would have them back for future events any day!
Iryna McCoubrey, Sprott Private Wealth LP, June 2015
“Five years ago I had you as a teacher in Level E at Second City. You were amazing. I was in a class with so many talented folks and you never made me feel inferior, although I was. They mostly all had professional acting training and were in the biz in some way. I was just trying to keep busy following the death of my husband.
That being said, I have gone on to be fairly successful voice actor. I was able to give up my day job and go full time as of January of 2014 and loving what I do. I believe you helped me on this path…”
“Just a quick note on behalf of all four of us—a huge THANK YOU… for making our PRAXIS TEAMBUILDING DAY such a success!! We couldn’t have done it without you…REMARKABLE WOMEN.
Lisa—we love your ZANINESS!!! You brought the change message to life with all your team building exercises. You managed to get the whole group laughing, engaged and having fun while experiencing many challenging scenarios. It was amazing to see the personalities of our team change before our eyes—quite remarkable in fact. You seemed to build in the “change agent” theme very subtly into all our group play and make people understand that while change can be challenging, it can also be fun, inspiring and bring out the BEST in us. We loved it!!
…we cannot thank you enough for bringing your “A” game to our day. Based on the feedback from the team, they found it worthwhile, inspiring and educational and they can’t wait for the next one. We will be in touch with you…for MORE team building sessions in the future and wanted you..to know how SPECIAL you are. You certainly are role models…”
Paula O. Partner | P R A X I S
praxispr.ca | @praxispr | facebook.com/praxispr
“Taking improv with Lisa Merchant was a game changer for me. It not only helped me be a better communicator, it made me a better person. I learned fundamental ideas that I still apply to this day. Over ten years after taking that original class, I invited Lisa to come and speak to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team to give them a competitive advantage. Such is the value of what she has to teach.”
Mark Tewksbury, Olympic Champion and 2012 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de mission
“Thank you for the fantastic and mind blowing Improv A intensive course. As an educator for the past 10 years, I was impressed with the SC curriculum and your delivery; both were top notch. I never experienced such excellent ‘ice breakers’ and ‘energizes’…and they facilitated such simple yet profound ideas (literally exercises that develop Zen’s ‘beginner mind’…so cool.”
” Thank you again Lisa for a fabulous course. You rock!”
“Thanks again for giving us an awesome two weekends. I know I learned a ton, both about improv and myself.”
“I had a spectacular experience being goofy with all of you. I am now in need of filling this void in my life with clapping at strangers on the street and calling out random names. Thank you Lisa!!! Hope to have you as a teacher again. You Rock!!! :-)”