What a fantastic experience - I'm really going to hit the writing and rooms hard and try to make the most of everything you gave me. Your knowledge is a gift. You did a brilliant job (and managed to power through what was clearly a very taxing day for you, in terms of keeping things moving along and giving us as much useful information as possible). I really don't know how you could have done much better without cracking our skulls open and physically rearranging our brains. DAN WALMSLEY
I just wanted to let you know that on the back of the confidence I got from going to your Masterclass last year, I entered Raw this year. It, in turn, gave me a great deal more confidence, and I even came runner up. TRACY CRISP
Thank you for such a productive day - my head is brimming with new material and a clearer direction in which to travel. I'm re-enegised and looking forward to trying new things on stage, I'm really grateful you provided us with the opportunity to participate in such a creative session. You certainly have a lot to offer us newbies. BARABARA JOSEPH
RACHEL CAN UNLEASH THE FUNNY IN ANYONE BY IDENTIFYING THE UNIQUE ASPECTS OF THEIR PERSONALITY IN A SHORT WORKSHOP. THE FOCUS IS ON DISCOVERING YOUR OWN UNIQUE AND AUTHENTIC VOICE AND GAINING CONFIDENCE TO CRAFT AND PREPARE YOUR STORY INTO A SHORT COMEDY SCRIPT BY THE END OF THE SESSION.
1. WHAT’S FUNNY ABOUT YOU?Writing from personal experience for performance. The focus is on discovering your own unique and authentic comedy voice and gaining the confidence to craft and prepare your story into a short comedy routine by the end of the session. This workshop can be 4 hours or 8 hours in duration. Numbers are limited to 12 people max.
2. RITES OF PASSAGEFocusing on your goal and the three indispensable attributes of the performer/writer.
- High tolerance to Rejection
This workshop can be 4 hours or 8 hours in duration. Numbers are limited to 12 people max.
3. DISCOVERY AND CHANGE THROUGH LAUGHTER
“To Impose change from outside is seldom as effective as discovering the seeds of change internally.”
As workplaces tackle the need for continuous improvement, stress lines can develop that threaten to cut through the organization. These stress lines can make the growth process painful and cause the waste of time and resources.
Although it’s essential that productivity is always improving, it should not be at the cost of diminished focus, wellness and professional commitment. Rachel Berger is highly skilled at connecting with audiences large and small. Her facilitation techniques go beyond mere process, and tap into the innermost drivers of your employee’s behavior.
Rachel will first meet with senior management to establish where the barriers to business performance lie. She will then facilitate a workshop with target employees to unearth hidden motivators of behavior and points of conflict between desired and actual outcomes. Her unique skill is to create a safe environment for discussion and the opportunity for participants to sift through what feeds their anxieties and prejudices. And, her disarming style and use of humour puts participants at ease and encourages them to talk about what’s really on their mind, rather than what they think the boss wants to hear. Through laughter, and a process of guided discovery she drills down into the essential causal factors that can then be tackled as a group.
Her approach is one of discovery, followed by a subsequent evaluation phase, and then the use of steppingstones for rehabilitation if necessary. This establishes a foundation for growth that can be built on over time, and the creation of principles to guide the organization as it moves forward.
"Working with Rachel Berger was an absolute treat. In a weak moment I had agreed to stand up in front of 150 work colleagues and try to be funny. Normally I can't even make myself laugh. I had no ideas and no time, but Rachel wasn't going to be deterred! Rachel gave me an environment where I felt comfortable and could be open. After talking through potential issues, she was also able to see the essence of the things we talked about and helped me develop a routine that made people laugh and didn't leave me looking like an idiot."
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF INNOVATION, INDUSTRY AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
4. DELIVERING YOUR MESSAGEIt’s been said that a good pitch is 20 percent what you say and 80 percent how you say it. How you deliver your message will separate you from your competitors. Rachel says, “My objective is to inject business presentations with surprise and laughter to help corporate executives deliver their message with magnetism in the often dry and yawn-filled business communications arena. Research in the fields of medicine and marketing has shown the power of humour in affecting both data retention and rates of behavioural change. “The exact effect of humour on the central nervous system is not fully known, but it is theorised that increased catecholamine levels are responsible for the beneficial effects humour has on mental functions, including increasing interpersonal responsiveness, alertness and memory.”
FRY WF THE PHYSIOLOGIC EFFECTS OF HUMOUR, MIRTH AND LAUGHTER JAMA 1992Rachel uses humour to transform the way you communicate and make decisions. Her method is to work very closely with clients to establish a clear understanding of their desired outcomes. Her unique skill is to speedily synthesise the key issues into a crystallised form and persuasively target them to your audience, your staff or your clients and customers, through humour. Sessions can be structured for individuals to prepare for specific presentations or for groups in facilitated sessions. “In a short recent session with Rachel, she was able to grasp the key aspects of a complex new product and come up with a brilliant name which captured the idea and made our client laugh. That change of state within a group under pressure served to differentiate us from the competition in several ways and we look forward to using Rachel's skills across other areas of the business.”
JANE LEWIS, MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, AGL ENERGY SALES AND MARKETING