Too often we think of play as something reserved for children, or worse, for the lazy, idle, and irresponsible. But playfulness is serious business. It helps us connect to one another in an authentic way, recover from high-stress situations, enjoy our work, and remain curious about the world around us.
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More About the Workshop
In this two-hour session, we will:
• Consider the role of play in connecting with colleagues, clients, and customers.
• Learn about the role of humour in building rapport and addressing conflict.
• Practise using play to generate new ideas and solutions to pressing problems.
• Learn ways to make our daily routine more adventurous and playful.
What characterises mastery of this skill?
Playful employees bring fun and humour to their work. They thus create an open and enjoyable team atmosphere. They might consciously choose humour to ease and resolve conflicts. Overall, this provides a relaxed space in which to practise and experiment with new ideas, free from the fear of failure.
What characterises a lack of this skill?
Employees lacking playfulness tend to be rather serious. They have difficulties with thought experiments and with tolerating failure. It might also be hard for them to bring variety into the tasks of their team thus contributing to a rather boring and monotonous work atmosphere.
“Someday, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”— C. S. Lewis
‘It allowed me to to consider everyday experiences from a different perspective’
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our specialist faculty has been selected not just on their professional and academic expertise, but also on their ability to engage audiences with their dynamism, charisma and warmth. You can see their profiles on our faculty page.
Each participant will receive exercises and supplementary reading to embed the learning before and after the workshop. In addition, an extensive and printable workbook will be provided for use during the session itself, and as a reference document afterwards.
We generally do not allow filming of any of our live events, as our workshops are a safe space and this would likely inhibit the feeling of safety and privacy required by attendees in order to participate fully. Our goal is always to create the very best experience for our participants, and for that we try to preserve the closed nature of the sessions.
Due to the nature of the material covered in our Workshops, we find that smaller group sizes help everyone to feel relaxed and get the most out of participating, so we have a maximum group size of 30 participants per workshop. If you are looking to engage a large number of people at once, our Talks can be delivered to audiences of any size; and as such they act as a great introduction to The School of Life for Business.
Yes. However, because certain Workshops, Talks and Conversations complement one another and work well in tandem, we often recommend booking them as part of longer programmes, according to your team or organisation’s needs.
These Workshops are designed for corporate training – where an organisation books private sessions for their internal teams, delivered at a time of their choosing.
Business Workshops are occasionally scheduled as public events where individual tickets can be purchased. To see what’s coming up, click here