Improv Asylum
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216 Hanover Street, Boston, MA
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Corporate Keynotes and Training

Keynote Program

When a speaker's what you need

Customized, effective, engaging presentation on a variety of topics. This option can be 1-2 presenters and can mix in entertainment into the event.

Teambuilding.                                 Organizational Creativity.

Change Management.                     Active Listening.

Effective Communication.               Conflict Resolution.

“Out of the Box” Thinking.              Presentation Skills. 

 These are all catch phrases that attempt to pin down what it takes to “make it” in today’s corporate world. You know that regardless of the title, you need a results-oriented address that’s going to keep you one step ahead of the competition. Find out why companies like Verizon, Dunkin’ Donuts and Harvard University have used Improv Asylum to gain their competitive edge. Improv Asylum keynote addresses are customized, effective, engaging presentations on a variety of topics—from teamwork and communication principles, to humor in the workplace, to the story of how Improv Asylum became a nationally-acclaimed comedy theater through its owners’ entrepreneurial efforts.

Train Your Head to Think on its Feet TM - Breaking Down Conventional Barriers in Corporate Training

Call us to find out how we can bring a new energy to your team.  Our popular topics include:
  • Train Your Head to Think on its Feet TM - Superior Innovation
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Better Team - How to Build Superior Teamwork and Communication
  • What Did We Just Do? - Closing Session Takeaways

The Speakers . . .

Chet Harding

A co-founder of Improv Asylum (as seen on HBO, ABC and profiled in Dewars national advertising), Chet has several years of corporate training experience.  Prior to opening Improv Asylum Chet worked at Leo Burnett Advertising and Polaroid.  At Polaroid, he was their Director of North American Advertising and PR for four years, overseeing the company's national advertising, multi-million dollar media buying and planning, and PR.  At Leo Burnett, he worked in New Business Development, as well as on the Kellogg's account, including product development for new cereals.

At Polaroid, Chet on a Marketing Excellence Award and worked on several Clio award-winning ads/campaigns.  He has also been published in the Harvard Journal of Negotiation.

He combines his corporate and acting/directing backgrounds to create a training program that utilizes improvisational techniques to break down conventional corporate thinking and to introduce a new set of skills to drive individual and team success. 

Norm Laviolette

A co-founder of Improv Asylum, Norm brings corporate as well as military experience toward the continued development and expansion of Improv Asylum's Corporate Training program.  Prior to working in comedy, Norm worked for a marketing firm out of NYC promoting various Microsoft product launches. 

He is a former member of the MA Army National Guard and a graduate of the MA Military Academy's Officer Candidate School.

Together -

Chet & Norm have performed around the country and have produced more than 2,500 improv and sketch comedy shows for general audiences, as well as corporate and college clients.  They were cast members and executive producers for a Comedy Central television pilot and a 10-episode half-hour sketch comedy show, Improv Asylum's Vanity Project, which ran in the summer of 2011 on ABC, WCVB-TV Boston.  They were featured in Maxim magazine through the Dewar's National "Profiles" campaign.

They bring a scope of knowledge to any training session as they have both performed stand-up, improv and sketch comedy across the country and are actors, writers, producers and directors.  Their comedy theater is consistently voted "Boston's Best Comedy" and their corporate training clients are constantly re-booking them and referring them to industry colleagues.

Corporate Keynotes and Training

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