Archive for September, 2011
Peppercom has prided itself on having a fantastic in-house education program. These programs are agency-wide and vary in topics from crisis communications to a year-long intensive writing program.
For better . . . or for better, part of that program consists of stand-up comedy training. Yes, you heard that right. Comedy training.
It sounds like a strange concept, but it’s certainly another factor that makes Peppercom unique. The training helps to further foster growth in presentation skills and the ability to think on one’s feet. Oh, and the whole agency is now great at ‘knock-knock’ jokes.
So, yes, the entire agency goes through this training–whether they want to or not. With sessions throughout the year, everyone gets up on that stage in front of a microphone and hopes for the best. Some learn that they are funnier than they imagined, others really get to test how quickly they can think on their feet and react to an audience while others learn that nothing can be as intimidating after getting up on a stage by yourself and attempting to be funny. Some of the veteran trainees have even gone on to perform in comedy shows, and some, like Peppercom’s co-founder and managing partner, Steve Cody, perform stand-up regularly.
Want to learn more about our comedy sessions in the workplace? Check out the article about our most recent training session (which I participated in) from the October issue of Inc. Magazine.