In a 24/7/365 world, stress is ubiquitous even when everything is going to plan. The constant stream of apparently urgent information, stimulation and decisions to deal with make it hard to take it all in and even harder to make good decisions. When the pressure goes up, your brain shuts down. And we live in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous), even when we have a clear direction and goals, we need to be flexible, agile and yet still delivery results.
In this workshop, you will be introduced to some of the psychological and creative techniques used by improvisers and other performers when they step onstage in front of an audience. Participants will learn to take conscious control over themselves in pressurised scenarios, noticing everything, rebranding stress as excitement and thriving under pressure.
Participants will also learn to understand the science of stress and adrenaline, helping them to understand how and why these reactions happen and ways to deal with them through bot immediate hacks and longer term strategies. Armed with this knowledge, they will be put through a series of artificially pressurised environments, from fast happy-fail games to performance-style situations, learning to stay present, engaged and productive where before they would have shut down.