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Beta Test improv


Paul has been the owner of Briarcliff Hall, a private SAT tutoring service for students taking the college entrance exam, for the past 30 years.  In addition, he studied improvisation in Chicago from the very best instructors (some of whom have been finalists for Saturday Night Live).

Paul also spent several years researching corporate culture to see if there was a purposeful relationship between his improv philosophy and the business world. Confident of the connection, he began to teach the benefits of improvisation and right-brain thinking to corporations.   At first, 4 companies took a chance on this unique business improv program.  By 2018, Paul was giving more than 90 speeches across the country annually to companies such as Amazon, Daimler Trucks, Wells Fargo, Ingersoll Rand, Duke University, and Bell Partners.  To date, he has spoken to more than 45,000 business professionals.  And in 2019, Paul gave his first TEDx talk on this business improv relationship.


Leadership Development and Team Building workshops

What makes this class so different?

Executives today need tools to help strengthen quick-thinking skills, enhance active listening, improve adaptability during unforeseen circumstances, and most importantly, use a sense of humor to encourage people to be creative, take risks, and nurture customer and coworker relationships. 

The Beta Test improv team building and leadership development workshops teach all of these skills by nurturing the right side of the brain in a refreshingly candid course. By fusing science, improv, creativity, and humor together, folks leave the event with exercises and takeaways that can be practiced at home instantly.

Over the past decade, Paul has been fortunate to work with Amazon, General Dynamics, Deloitte, Ingersoll Rand, Nissan, Duke University, Compass Group, Wells Fargo, and dozens of other organizations some of whom have hired him more than 25 times.   For a full list of companies:


Topics covered

Make genuine connections and build rapport with customers and peers

Enhance quick thinking skills

Learn to pivot in the moment with a client or in a meeting

Improve active listening skills

Read body language and adjust your speech accordingly

Learn to present with confidence and passion

Add humor to your meeting to make it memorable


Leaders At Play podcast  ( Paul and Kelly Marks demonstrate exercises to help with leadership and share self-deprecating stories)

Spoken to more than 45,000 business professionals.  Tedx talk in 2019.

Additional Information

Business Hours : 10am until 6pm

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