Nathan Minns

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Our website only scratches the surface of what Nathan’s experiences can do. Check out testimonials below — his participants say it better than we can.

Together, we can create groups who embrace the unexpected.

Before attending the workshop I was unfamiliar with improv as an effective tool for communication, understanding, even conflict resolution.

I was curious and somewhat excited about how the workshop would unfold. As a self-aware introvert and perfectionist, I learned fairly quickly that I was going to be thrust into my “uncomfort” zone. However, I was also in great company – complete strangers and some were of the same mental and emotional state as myself, which made me feel less alone when completing the workshop activities.

Once we got started in small groups, I realized the intent of Nathan’s activities and quickly let go of the expectations that I had for myself and the experience. I learned so much from Nathan about fostering open communication and more importantly, how it feels to be the recipient of closed communication. Additionally, engaging in spontaneous activities helped me to “loosen up” and achieve successful outcomes with my team!

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Danielle Bell

Human Resources Coordinator at Two Labs

“Nathan handled the whole process like a pro. He worked incredibly hard to make sure he had a deep understanding of the event and it showed in his confident and seamless performance through the weekend.”

– WILL TURON, FORMER DIRECTOR OF LAUNCHPADOSU

“I think the workshop was done really well! I really liked the last activity we did where we had to think on the spot and pitch a product. It stood out because it gave me the confidence that I’m able to think on my feet.

– Participant in the STEP Cohorts workshop at the Ohio State University

– Zeljana Opacak

Participant from Columbus Culture First Workshop

Nathan’s talk gave me inspiration to move forward and understand that things will change and it’s ok.

– Farooq Asif Ali

Participant in Innovate New Albany Tiger Talk

“I learned that sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone in order to collaborate effectively within a group. The workshop lets you look at situations from a different perspective.”

The Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) Student at Ohio State University

“I learned to get out of my comfort zone, think outside of the box, and feel more comfortable talking in front of people.”

The Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) Student at Ohio State University

Enjoyed the “Yes, but…” it was unexpected, but gave context to how valuable “Yes, and…” truly is.

– Austin Drabik

Participant in Columbus Culture First Workshop

Incubator and accelerator program professionals, you NEED to look into this company for your up-and-coming founders.

It’s called Green Light Improv

It is the most amazing way to prepare and teach founders how to pitch their concepts in a concise and profound way.

This program is 💯 mind-blowing 🤯

– ANNE GOTTWALD, FOUNDER IN THE PRESIDENT’S BUCKEYE ACCELERATOR BOOST CAMP

My main takeaway was to feel comfortable with others. I feel more connected to the other people in the workshop, and I found the workshop valuable, engaging, & actionable. I liked the creative activities the most.

EPSEA Program Administrator

Participant in our workshop with the Educational Partnership for Social, Emotional & Academics (EPSEA).

– Tam Le Hong, Chairperson of Oulu Entrepreneurship Society in Oulu, Finland

“I really enjoyed the last activity where we had to pitch on the fly. I think doing a team-based improv was super fun. The teachings about ‘yes and’ and ‘yes but’ we’re great.”

– Participant in the STEP Cohorts workshop at the Ohio State University

“My main takeaway is that I have the ability to make stuff up on the fly, and I liked being able to laugh and have fun the most. I strongly agree that it was valuable, engaging, and actionable.”

Entrepreneur in the Ignite Portsmouth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Shawnee State University.

“Working with Green Light Improv was a win win and a yes and! GLI provided our diverse high school students an opportunity to moveengage and think waaaay outside the box. Green Light worked closely with us to prepare and align their expertise with our program goals and fluidly integrated our learning outcomes! Their unique and engaging experience elevated our program, helped our high school students craft innovative thinking and explore relationships with others to grow their own thinking. We laughed and had fun getting out of our comfort zones! I look forward to having them back again next year!”

– ANDREA SUMMERS

Former Program Manager for the Central Ohio Leadership Academy

“You can control your energy with intention and communicating with intention can foster collaboration.”

– ANGELE LATHAM

Participant in Columbus Young Professionals Club Workshop

“When trying to improve upon an idea, it is more productive and uplifting when your comment begins with ‘yes, AND.’ It’s a fun, and enlightening way to illustrate a message that is many times disregarded.”

Madison

High School Student at the Central Ohio Leadership Academy

“I learned that as young college students we should strive to be active in our community. It was very well done. My expectations were exceeded.”

Sam, Fashion and Retail Studies Major at Ohio State University

“Sneaky learning while having fun. The “No, But…, Yes, And…” exercise was particularly insightful. I had an idea this would be cheesy – and my Cheese-O-Meter is always on alert – but you were fun AND educational, even with a diverse group of ages & job titles! Five stars!!

– CINDY SCHMIDT, DIRECTOR OF MISSIONS AND OUTREACH AT NEW LIFE CHURCH

“I really enjoyed the exercise where we had to create a new product. It got people together, creating ideas to sell. It was a blast!!!

– Derek Koking

Participant from Piada Italian Street Food Workshop.

My main takeaway is that I’m funny. I liked the humor and the people the most. It was very engaging. I didn’t like that Nathan wouldn’t play “Funky Town” while changing partners.

High School Student

Participant in our workshop with the Educational Partnership for Social, Emotional & Academics (EPSEA).

“One takeaway for me was that the principles of improv can be very helpful in the workplace and in making business decisions. It was cool how everyone stepped out of their comfort zone to collaborate as a team and get to know each other better.”

– Mailiis Simovart, Tax Intern at Schneider Downs

“I learned to be more open-minded and to make an effort to think more positively rather than immediately negative, especially in a work setting! My favorite part was how quickly the whole group was able to become comfortable and open with each other in situations that felt stressful or unprecedented.”

– LINDSEY PERIATT, COLUMBUS COMMUNITY MANAGER AT COHATCH

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– Iko Bako

Master's Student in the "Entrepreneurship and The Business Plan" Course at Ohio State University.

“Suggesting advice by first acknowledging the given positives can lead to more progress in perfecting ideas. Green Light Improv is a program that fosters creativity and teamwork in a fun and engaging way, which is fairly rare in most team-building groups. You would do well to consider hiring them.”

Bolanle

High School Student at the Central Ohio Leadership Academy

“Working with Nathan was absolutely great! Incredibly professional, prepared, and flexible throughout the entire event. His experience in entrepreneurship provided a ton of value to the event and participants.”

– COLLEGE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

“I think the ‘game’ at the end where we had to pitch our product stood out to me because it put me in a mindset of rapid change, and spontaneous, think-on-your-feet flexibility that I don’t often experience.”

– Christian Krabill

Participant in the STEP Cohorts workshop at the Ohio State University

“The workshop is a unique opportunity to get people to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. It provides great team building while at the same time helpful tools to use on a day-to-day basis.

I learned I could be more vulnerable in conversation with peers, and to be more engaging during business matters, especially when leading meetings and encouraging others to become passionate about an idea or cause.”

– MEMBER OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY’S HONORS COHORT PROGRAM

“I worked with Nathan during Startup Weekend Bahrain and he’s hands down the best emcee and the finest Startup Weekend facilitator I’ve ever seen. His ability to energize and engage the audience is unparalleled, and it helped create an electric and dynamic atmosphere throughout the event.

Nathan maintained a high level of engagement over the entire weekend, and supported all the early-stage startups as well as the organizing team. We are eagerly looking forward to having him back next year!

Maryam Malik

– Maryam Malik

Organizer for Startup Weekend Bahrain

“I liked the safe environment to have fun with no fear of judgment.”

Bob, Green Light Improv Workshop Participant

“I really enjoyed each exercise, especially the one where we had to pitch our inventions to one another. I think you made the environment feel very safe, which allowed us to open up and feel comfortable very quickly.”

– EMPLOYEE ON THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AT THE CITY OF DUBLIN, OHIO, USA

The keynote was valuable, engaging, & actionable. I enjoyed the presentation and the humor.

Keynote Attendee

At the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

– Adel Rahimi

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

“Powerful. Engaging. Connective. Impactful… I was introduced to Nathan’s Improv class through the Tri-Village Chamber of Commerce and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Within 5 minutes, Nathan had the entire audience engaging with each other, laughing, and working together – no small feat to anyone who’s tried to captivate an audience before! The exercises he led had us all brainstorming and collaborating quickly and the lessons I took away on communication have filtered into every aspect of my life, including my relationships with friends, family, loved ones, and colleagues. I would 10/10 recommend his courses!

Eleanor Kamke, MBA

Participant in our Tri-Village Chamber of Commerce workshop.

“It was a fun experience that pushes people out of their comfort zone. It’s great for groups that are trying to get to know each other. Nathan seems like such a cool guy that would be easy to talk to.”

Member of Ohio State University’s Honors Cohort Program.

– Hasan Almadhoob

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

– Ruslan Rusinov

Participant in Startup Weekend Oulu, Finland

“I liked the engaging activities, working in groups, and presenting on the fly. My main takeaway was to maintain energy throughout the presentation. Numbers are important, but personality sells the product.”

Entrepreneur from the Ignite Portsmouth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Shawnee State University

“The ‘Yes And’ activity vs the ‘Yes But’ activity was really eye-opening! It helped me understand how important it is to lead with positivity and the intention to find solutions rather than immediately shutting down ideas, even if they might seem crazy at first. The workshop was well-designed and worked well within the timeframe.”

– Master of Human Resources Management student at the Ohio State University

I’m taking away that listening leads to better outcomes in everything. These were thought-provoking exercises. All the teams I work with will be hearing about this.

Licensed Social Worker

Continuing Education Workshop Participant at Ohio State University's College of Social Work.

“My main takeaway from the Green Light coaching was a strategy to deal with stage fright. I found this very helpful and will use this tip in the future.”

– PARTICIPANT IN GREEN LIGHT IMPROV COACHING

Participant in Ohio State University's President's Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale.

– Alyssa Mae Capili

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

“I learned not to be afraid of looking or sounding awkward when presenting to a large group and understand that while others may not envision the same end goal as you, everyone’s unique contributions can lead to something greater. Green Light Improv is filled with down-to-earth people and is very organized. You will leave the workshop very much changed.

D3 seems more close-knit after this. I feel more at ease now if I had to present or pitch an idea in the moment.”

Nic

Member of the Student Organization "D3: Design, Develop, Deploy. The Entrepreneurial Startup Club"

My main takeaway from the workshop was understanding the significance of telling a story with enthusiasm, which was an eye-opener for me as a reserved, shy, and serious person. I thoroughly enjoyed learning storytelling techniques, as well as the “Yes, and” and “Yes, but” lessons, which were effectively taught through partner activities. The only challenging aspect for me was being in front of people due to my shyness; however, it also proved to be a slightly liberating experience in a thrilling yet nerve-wracking way.

– Master’s student in the “Entrepreneurship and the Business Plan” course at Ohio State University

I was able to talk and present openly way more than I previously knew I was capable of. It is a really enriching opportunity, regardless of the industry you are in.

The Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) Student at Ohio State University

“He was funny and very engaging. He was also very prepared.”

Sara, LaunchpadOSU Participant

Sophomore at Ohio State University

The activities were incredibly valuable and they gave me a better mindset going into, and throughout, the weekend. Almost a week later and I’m still thinking about the activities we did during the workshop.

It was outstanding, and I would love to see it back again next year 🙂

On Saturday, I got overwhelmed and frustrated. I thought back on the “Yes, and…” mindset to get me through some of those mental struggles and keep pushing on rather than giving up.

– STARTUP WEEKEND DAYTON PARTICIPANT

I learned that collaboration is valuable and can assist with furthering engagement. What did I like most? The energy! The presenter was very engaging and allowed me to understand all the information provided.

Keynote Attendee

At the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

– Zeeshan Ajmal

Participant in Oulu Entrepreneurship Society Workshop in Oulu, Finland

– Amy Hoang

Participant in Startup Weekend Oulu, Finland

I learned all ideas are important and deserve to be listened to. How we communicate can either lift someone up or put someone down. We may not always agree with others, but they deserve our respect and consideration.

It is very fun. It will give your team members the chance to interact and be silly, while utilizing skills that are necessary every day.

– MARAH ROBINSON, ZIPZAG RIDES USA

– Chris Cooke

Participant from Columbus Culture First Workshop

– Participant in Oulu, Finland

“I thought the coaching was super helpfulI loved your energy and ability to build off each other. Really great experience. Two different perspectives for our pitch.”

– XAVIER VESCO

Team Member at Vocalize Columbus Participant in Ohio State University's President's Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale.

I learned to adapt and deal with possible setbacks while retaining an overall positive outlook.

– Nathan Palos

Participant in the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business Early Arrival Program

I realized in your workshop that all ideas are important and deserve to be listened to. Our communication style can either lift someone up or put them down. We may not always agree with others, but they deserve our respect and consideration.”

– HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

– Workshop Participant in Oulu, Finland

“The “yes, and” portion really allowed me to learn how to be willing to be more open to different opportunities and options that will be thrown my way throughout college.”

– Participant in the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business Early Arrival Program

“Phrases such as “yes, and” contribute to a conversation greatly and can spark new ideas. It is much more than just improv, you can learn a lot about yourself.”

Jude

High School Student at the Central Ohio Leadership Academy

“I’m taking away that I can be confident. I loved your confidence and I think it taught me to come out of my shell. Great experience. I learned a lot and it forced me to come out of my comfort zone and really learn some new skills and how to be bold.”

Member of Ohio State University’s Honors Cohort Program.

“Don’t be afraid of looking or sounding awkward when presenting to a large group and understand that while others may not envision the same end goal as you, everyone’s unique contributions can lead to something greater.

– NIC, COLLEGE STUDENT

– Workshop Participant in Oulu, Finland

“I learned that it’s okay to feel a bit uncomfortable and get outside of your comfort zone. That is where the learning begins. It was a great experience and our staff had fun, learned some new communications skills, and got to know our co-workers better.”

Pickerington Public Library Team Member

“I learned that communicating with positivity can be as simple as a response with “Yes, and.”

Mad

- Intern with the Communications team at the City of Dublin, Ohio, USA.

“I’m taking away that I need to take care of myself and decompress every so often. I’d tell someone that might hire Green Light Improv that you will be out of your comfort zone in a good way.

Jake, Engineering Scholars Student at Ohio State University

“I’m taking away that it is easier to have quantity, then quality. You can always go back and determine the quality of the ideas later. Speaking to a potential buyer, this workshop will help you get out of your comfort zone, and try something new to get you to think a different way.”

Participant at Innovate New Albany

“It will help you connect with your deeper self. It will also develop a bind within a team.”

Participant at a Green Light Improv Workshop

Hosted at Ohio State University.

My main takeaway was to be light-hearted, to be happy, and to have fun. The workshop was valuable, engaging, and actionable, and I now feel more connected to my fellow participants. Nathan had nice socks too.

Columbus City Schools High School Student

– Hasan Almadhoob

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

“My main takeaway was to be positive and have an open mind along with not taking everything so seriously. I learned to relax when presenting. The last activity where we got to spontaneously create a company was my favorite.”

– STUDENT IN THE PRESIDENT’S BUCKEYE ACCELERATOR BOOST CAMP PROGRAM AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

I learned that “Yes, and…” is a powerful tool for enhancing good communication in teams. The host made it fun!

Program Coordinator at Columbus State Community College

Participant from the Ohio Career Development Association Conference.

– Zeeshan Ajmal

Participant in Oulu Entrepreneurship Society Workshop in Oulu, Finland

“Nathan does a remarkable job of taking something fun like improv and facilitating a captivating session to deliver key learnings while having a lot of fun. The energy and enthusiasm were electric throughout the session.  I would highly recommend him for your next team building event!”

– TY SHEPFER, DIRECTOR OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY’S HONORS COHORT PROGRAM

Improv is fun!! There was just the right amount of pressure.

– Brianna McNeil

Participant in Columbus Culture First Workshop

– Participant in Techstars Startup Bahrain Weekend May 2024

– Faiza Gulzar

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

– Anne Sorvari

Organizer of Oulu Startup Weekend

“This activity was really enjoyable, and surprisingly so. When I first heard improv, I got really nervous, but the program was warm and not overwhelming. Thanks!”

– HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

“One key takeaway was Nathan’s ability to sequentially move from activity to activity building on each activity. Each interaction played a role initially and was built upon as the workshop continued. I personally have used the “yes and” and “yes but” concepts in many conversations from that point forward. The workshop was easy to understand and implement.”

– David Trainer, Admissions and Recruitment Specialist at The Modern College of Design

Participant in the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts (CSCA) Workshop

The “Yes And & Yes But” decision-making model is a useful tool & it is an easy model to implement.

Keynote Attendee

At the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

I took away the importance of flexibility. I feel more connected to my fellow participants & I found the workshop to be engaging, valuable, & actionable. The presenter was knowledgeable too.

Associate Professor at Monmouth University

Participant from the Ohio Career Development Association Conference.

“This was a fun way to get my brain firing, reduce anxiety about unpredictable situations and improve quick thinking and communication skills.”

– EMPLOYEE ON THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AT THE CITY OF DUBLIN, OHIO, USA

“My main takeaway was learning how to hang out more. It was engaging, actionable, and valuable, and I feel more connected to the other people in the workshop now.”

Pickerington North High School Student

Participant in our workshop with the Educational Partnership for Social, Emotional & Academics (EPSEA).

“I’m taking away that life and unknown people don’t have to be scary.”

Bob

Participant at Innovate New Albany

“I feel Nathan was a great choice. I really liked how he was able to somewhat improv in the spot and relate himself to the audience.”

Jordan, LaunchpadOSU Participant

Sophomore at Ohio State University

“I’m taking away that I can trust myself and my team to work as a collective to problem-solve and think on the spot and to focus more on listening rather than thinking of what I’m going to say next.“

– EMPLOYEE ON THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM AT THE CITY OF DUBLIN, OHIO, USA

Nathan attended the conference the day prior and was able to understand his audience, while teaching the build, measure, learn cycle.

Keynote Attendee

At the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

Forcing ourselves to think on our feet and connect to our creativity! Love the “Yes, and…” concepts.

– Lachandra B Baker

Participant in Columbus Culture First Workshop

– Zainab Hubail

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

– Mark Abate, SHRM-CP

Participant from Columbus Culture First Workshop

“I learned how helpful building off of other people’s thoughts and ideas can be and how much you can learn about others from it. This program is super good to create bonds between a team and allows people to get out of their comfort zone. You guys had great energy and were very good at getting the participants engaged and excited!”

Joanne

High School Student at the Central Ohio Leadership Academy

“Yes, and…” is a mentality. You are recognizing the thought of another and creating space for it but not moving on without exploring other considerations or risks.

– Scott Huston

Participant in Columbus Culture First Workshop

I enjoyed the “Yes, And…” exercise, and I liked the energy and effective strategies for being a better communicator.

Associate Director at Otterbein University

Participant from the Ohio Career Development Association Conference.

– Hussain Hanoon

Participant in The Collective Hub Bahrain workshops

“My biggest takeaway was to be comfortable in your own skin. The workshop got me to step out of my comfort zone.

To be honest, this was great and what I needed leading into my first pitch!!!!”

– STUDENT IN THE PRESIDENT’S BUCKEYE ACCELERATOR BOOST CAMP PROGRAM AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

“My main takeaway was to use stories to increase engagement and put energy into my presentation to get energy from the audience.”

– STUDENT IN THE PRESIDENT’S BUCKEYE ACCELERATOR BOOST CAMP PROGRAM AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

“I started to familiarize myself with new ways to introduce and talk to people I’ve never talked before. It helped me build confidence around new situations with new people as well.”

– KATHERINE SCHIERECK, FORMER COLLEGE STUDENT

“He challenged us to bounce back and pivot when results don’t go our way.

I highly recommend this to anyone that has issues with your team engaging in meetings, or if you feel like your staff is bringing low energy to work. Make sure the supervisor is in the activity as well, so that It breaks down the “us vs them” mental barriers. It’s a fun way to overcome communication hiccups.

– SARAH VARUGHESE, CREATIVE VISIBILITY COACH & AUTHOR & PARTICIPATED AT A WORKSHOP AT INNOVATE NEW ALBANY

“Green Light Improv explains important facts with the use of fun exercises. You are great. Thanks for making time out of your schedule to impact my life in a meaningful and unforgettable way.”

Joy

High School Student at the Central Ohio Leadership Academy

I learned to be conscious of the “Yes, But’s” and how they can hurt someone’s excitement and energy! I enjoyed the activities and tying them back to our work.

Human Resources Trainer at Columbus State Community College

Participant from the Ohio Career Development Association Conference.

“Green Light Improv provided us with a very unique opportunity to develop and harness a wide range of our communication skills in 90 minutes. Their facilitators make it a great place to learn, think, and enjoy doing something new! At D3 we wanted to give our members and all students at OSU a hands-on, interactive experience that helps with learning about your verbal presentation skills. Green Light Improv tailored the workshop exactly to our needs. From teamwork to listening skills, Green Light Improv can give you a completely new perspective on skills that are commonly overlooked.

– TSUBASA KONISHI

Former President of D3 Startup Club

I learned about the power of collaboration in idea generation and decision-making, and I liked hearing how others would use information from the keynote to help with their challenges.

Employee at Grinnell College

Keynote Attendee at the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

– Reem AlAbbasi

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

“Nathan has strong speaking skills and he kept the audience involved and entertained. Solid choice on choosing Nathan as the emcee for the event.”

Tim, LaunchpadOSU Participant

Sophomore at Ohio State University

“The ‘yes and, yes but’ exercise really stood out because of how applicable it is to a lot of things in life. I think my decision-making process has just been revamped!!”

– Timothy Best

Participant in the STEP Cohorts workshop at the Ohio State University

– Participant in Techstars Startup Bahrain Weekend May 2024

I learned how to better communicate a complicated topic concisely and understandably.

– SARAH HALLOCK

Founder of Artisen Textiles. Participant in Ohio State University's President's Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale.

I learned how important it is to listen, but also to be capable of focusing. Now, I feel more connected to my fellow participants. It was engaging and actionable, and what I liked the most is the attitude and cheer of our facilitator.

Student Workshop Participant from Shawnee State University

“Nathan brought an energy to our event that was palpable. We would not have had the success we did without Nathan’s ability to garner excitement among our participants.”

– ALEX DAVESSAR, COLLEGE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

My main takeaway is that working together as a team is important, and I liked all of the improv situations the most.

Deanna Binner

Participant from our Safy.org workshop.

“Teamwork is about being able to trust and rely on your team.

Our session was fun and interactive without having an atmosphere of pressure. I also appreciated the attention to making sure EVERYONE could participate comfortably. “

– EMPLOYEE FROM PICKERINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

“I have the ability to think on my feet and I never recognized that. I can also use the yes and technique to inspire my team to solve problems on their own.”

– Dani Myers Glynn

Participant in Columbus Culture First Workshop

“You’re more than a certified funny person, you’re a life changer.”

Janeen Hampton

– Janeen Hampton

Continuing Education Workshop Participant at Ohio State University's College of Social Work.

Improv was not as scary and anxiety-inducing as it seems. Improv is a good way to break the ice between individuals and a way for individuals to get to know each other in a fun way. Nathan was great!

Hannah

Participant from Pickerington Public Library

“Nathan created a very comfortable and fun environment. No one was singled out and all the activities were accessible for all ages and comfort levels.

– JARED VANDERBECK, GAHANNA WORSHIP ARTS DIRECTOR AT NEW LIFE CHURCH

My main takeaway was the power of positive thinking. I liked the 10/10 energy and being able to be up, moving, and laughing the most.

Director at Illinois College

Workshop Attendee at the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

Everything was entertaining, and I learned how to have more positive & inclusive conversations with my colleagues.

Administrative Assistant at Purdue University

Keynote Attendee at the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

“Nathan is very organized and delivers speech in an efficient, yet engaging way. His radiant enthusiasm alone demonstrates his strong work ethic, let alone his passion in the craft of public speaking.”

– PETER KOBS, COLLEGE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR

“Nathan did a great job as emcee and kept the audience engaged.

Brody, LaunchpadOSU Participant

Sophomore at Ohio State University

“This workshop taught me to keep an open mindset and improvise in life because a lot of times things don’t go as expected, so it is good to quickly pivot and stay positive.”

– Participant in the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business Early Arrival Program

My whole class is great at speaking if we let our guard down!

– Jenna Fryer

Participant in Northern Kentucky University Haile College of Business Workshop

“The workshop pushed me to be out of my comfort zone but still in a controlled environment, and the activities we performed were very relevant to the final project we will be working on as a team.

Nathan is also an energetic person that gives clear instruction.”

– MASTER OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CANDIDATE IN THE FISHER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

I absolutely loved this workshop! I had so much fun and had never made the connection of how we can use improv in a professional setting. Main takeaway is the importance of going with the flow, and having a “yes and” mentality. Especially in group projects, one has to lean in on the team. The show must go on, and if a mistake happens, one needs to be quick on their feet and play along with it.”

– CLAUDIA HOLLANDER, MEMBER OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY’S HONORS COHORT PROGRAM

The ‘Yes and/Yes but’ framework presented in Nathan’s keynote stood out as a great way to equitably hear all ideas from a diverse team. He had a great presentation and great graphics too.

Keynote Attendee

At the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

Nathan’s energy is infectious, lifting everyone’s spirits in the room. No matter how long or tough the days got, he stayed consistently upbeat. His enthusiasm kept us all motivated and made even the hardest days more manageable.”

– Aysha Alhammadi

Organizer of Bahrain Startup Weekend

– Meri Kullberg

Participant from Columbus Culture First Workshop

“I learned that it’s okay to not have everything fall according to plan. You all were amazing! Totally should come again.”

High School Student at the Central Ohio Leadership Academy

Nathan’s energy kept me focused and engaged!

– Erik Lehmann

Participant in Innovate New Albany Tiger Talk

“My main takeaway was to be flexible, and I liked having fun with my fellow BootCamp members the most. It engaging, valuable, & actionable, and I feel more connected to my fellow participants after this workshop. “

Entrepreneur from the Ignite Portsmouth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Shawnee State University

Participant from the Ignite Portsmouth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Shawnee State University.

– Sisu, Participant in Oulu, Finland

Have Fun!
That’s my main takeaway.
I liked the inclusive environment that was given the most. There wasn’t anything I disliked.”

Julia Collier

Julia Collier

Participant from the Ignite Portsmouth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Shawnee State University.

Nathan used verbal and visual representations of the concepts and strategies. I’m taking away major processes for making inclusive decisions using elements of improv.

Coordinator of Student Employment at Western Michigan University

Keynote Attendee at the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

“Nathan was very energetic and spoke in a very casual way while remaining professional. He was very prepared, made it personal, and made the audience feel comfortable.”

– ANONYMOUS

“This workshop was a fun way to learn about myself and learn quick-thinking conversational skills. Green Light Improv staff has a great amount of experience in what they do and they are able to think very quickly on the spot.”

Member of the Student Organization “D3: Design, Develop, Deploy. The Entrepreneurial Startup Club”

– Shaikha Saad

During the workshop, my primary takeaway was to embrace the fun, let go of shyness, and incorporate storytelling into my pitches. I also learned the value of adopting the “Yes, and” approach in my daily interactions. Among the aspects I enjoyed the most were the positive “Yes, and” technique and the delightful experience of sharing laughter with all the other participants.

– Master’s Student in the “Entrepreneurship and the Business Plan” course at Ohio State University

I liked Nathan from the start! He has a great smile and great energy. I found Nathan’s humor to be clever, clean, engaging, and useful. His personality attracted me. Listening (and paying attention) was easy. Nathan didn’t bore me for even a moment. It helped that Nathan portrayed himself as a common man with a common goal. His story of “not making the cut,” coupled with his determination to “make the cut” was inspiring. I can use the motivation and the humor in my life and I can appreciate Nathan’s passion to succeed–I hope it continues to rub off on me!”

– Timothy Palla

Food and Beverage Manager, Shawnee Park Lodge and Resort

“Nathan was an excellent public speaker and brought a lot of energy to the event.”

Participant at LaunchpadOSU

Sophomore at Ohio State University

“I had the pleasure of participating in your Green Light Improv session at the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. It was FANTASTIC! Thank you again for such an unforgettable experience. You have such an amazing personality, a great smile, and some great dance moves.”

Social Worker

Continuing education credit workshop with the College of Social Work at Ohio State University

After participating in Green Light Improv’s workshop, I feel better about my approach to my first presentation.

My favorite part was when Nathan Minns clarified the importance of knowing you will forget info and that it’s important to carry on the “YES AND” mentality, which has been helping me feel confident leading into my presentation.

– EDRISS NDIAYE, STUDENT FOUNDER IN THE PRESIDENT’S BUCKEYE ACCELERATOR BOOST CAMP

“The improv activities were a great way for library staff to get to know each other during our professional development day. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs.

– DANA FOLKERTS, YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER, PICKERINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY

“This is the most engaged I’ve seen my students since we started working together 4 years ago.”

Program Administrator

“My main takeaway from our coaching was to focus on the story of the pitch and also to explain things simply. You don’t want the judges to get mixed up so you need to be able to make sure that they know what your product/service is easily without having to think too much. I like that we are able to tailor the session to go where we want it to go. It is very helpful as we go along so we can quickly pivot to whatever we want to work on next/whatever we need help with next. It was very valuable for us.

– JOHN DELLOLIO

Co-Founder of Artisen Textiles. Participant in Ohio State University's President's Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale.​

– Hassan Haji

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

“It’s very valuable for team building exercises and especially sales. Fantastic as a tool to encourage communication.”

Participant at a Green Light Improv Workshop

Hosted at Ohio State University.

Amazing team building built around humor. Loved it! The handshakes and embarrassing stories to break the ice were great!”

– Jessie Wenger, Tax Manager at Schneider Downs

I loved Nathan. He was pretty funny and had good public speaking skills. He also was friendly/lovable.”

Bennett, LaunchpadOSU Participant

Freshman at Ohio State University.

“I loved how we just did the exercises on the spot. It made me more confident in myself.”

– Participant in Northern Kentucky University Haile College of Business Workshop

“My main takeaway was to be comfortable expressing myself & my personal values around others.

We used the “Yes AND…” mindset the entire weekend to constantly generate new ideas and reach our goals.

– STARTUP WEEKEND DAYTON PARTICIPANT

“It was interesting to see the different ways people expressed themselves at the beginning vs at the end. Things were a lot looser at the end. I learned more about teamwork and quick thinking. I liked how energetic everyone was.”

Participant at a Green Light Improv Workshop

Hosted at Ohio State University.

“This was a great, low-stress experience that strengthened my listening and creative skills by playing games instead of the traditional lecture formats. We learned more about each other and that made us more comfortable and friendly.”

– PAUL, COLLEGE STUDENT

“One thing that I loved about Green Light Improv workshops is that Nathan is an authentic and dynamic leader, and made others who had never acted before feel comfortable.

It was funny, it allowed me to know my peers better, and even challenged me by working with a partner to carry out a scene. You get to know those around you through something other than your typical icebreaker, and you are also working on developing skills such as thinking on your feet, adapting, confidence, and the art of acting. Highly recommended!”

– GARLAND BIX, STUDENT AT MARYSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL & ALUMNI OF THE CENTRAL OHIO LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

These were really great ideas for working with students and developing listening skills. They were great exercises and they were really concrete & easy examples to get students to interact.

Licensed Social Worker

Continuing Education Workshop Participant at Ohio State University's College of Social Work.

I wanted to express my gratitude for having Nathan as the facilitator for Startup Weekend Columbus. His energy and enthusiasm were contagious, creating an engaging atmosphere throughout the event. The pitching workshop he conducted was incredibly valuable to the candidates, and Nathan’s collaboration with our organizing team was seamless. It was a pleasure working with him.

Vijay Yadav

– Vijay Yadav

Organizer for Startup Weekend Columbus

“I now have more confidence in my communication skills. And I’ll be more mindful when listening to someone without cutting them off or nodding my head too much. I liked the variety of activities that are built on one another. I think by the last exercise we were very prepared to sell our odd objects!”

Employee on the Communications team at the City of Dublin, Ohio, USA.

“I really enjoy improv and would be happy to do it again in the future. It was probably one of the more legitimately beneficial and fun ‘team building’ exercises I’ve been a part of.

– DEAN MOYER

COORDINATOR OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT, OHIO DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY PARTICIPANT IN COLUMBUS YOUNG PROFESSIONAL'S COLUMBUS IMPACT ACADEMY

– Workshop Participant in Oulu, Finland

– Adel Rahimi, CEO of Venture Products W.L.L.

First Prize Winner in Bahrain Startup Weekend

My main takeaway was that our energy, what we bring to the table, is our responsibility. I liked our instructor’s engagement & personality the most.

Kelsey Pikek

Participant from our Safy.org workshop.

“Nathan’s workshop was great for my group of undergraduate students. The workshop taught them great communication skills, but more importantly, allowed them to think about why we interact with others the way that we do. They learned that our actions and language influence the way that we respond to others, and the way they respond to us. They also had a great time!

– KAITLIN FLINTROY

Former Program Coordinator at the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio State University

“My key takeaway was to not be so quick to shoot down an idea. The workshop was relevant, and I would attend another similar workshop. Nathan was very knowledgeable and incorporated valuable insights into a game format. Overall, the workshop was filled with wonderful team-building exercises with real applications.”

Team Member at ZipZag Rides

– Fatima Ebrahim

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

“I’m taking away that I can be more vulnerable in conversation with peers. Also, to be more engaging during business matters, especially when leading meetings and encouraging others to become passionate about an idea or cause.”

Austin

Member of Ohio State University’s Honors Cohort Program.

– Participant in Oulu, Finland

I learned that active listening is very important and open, positive communication is more productive. I liked the relaxed and positive atmosphere the most. While it was scary at first, it was not as intimidating as I thought.

Coordinator for Careers & Community Service Liaison at Perrysburg Schools

Participant from the Ohio Career Development Association Conference.

“I really enjoyed the business pitch activity at the end. My group was made up of a mix of interns, seniors, and shareholders, but everyone’s ideas were equally valued and respected! Everyone really implemented the “Yes, and” concept to create very unique and goofy business pitches. They were fun ideas that wouldn’t have happened if we were working alone or limiting each other.

– Tax Analyst at Schneider Downs

“I learned to not be so serious with presenting. It’s more fun for you and the crowd. I also thought the exercises were all helpful in their own way. They build up from a partner to working in front of the class.”

– Gunnar, Participant in Northern Kentucky University Haile College of Business Workshop

“Nathan Minns skillfully applies practical elements of improv to real-world use cases. His dual start-up and improv background helps him quickly understand a group, their needs, and larger business context. If your organization needs your people to understand how to think quickly and flexibly to find solutions, I highly recommend a session with Nathan.”

– Amanda Jeppesen

University Diversity Committee Chair & Student Employment Specialist of Western Michigan University

“Nathan is a funny guy and his enthusiasm was awesome.”

Will, LaunchpadOSU Participant

Junior at Ohio State University

“My main takeaway was to keep the energy going, and it was fun to become vulnerable. That’s what I liked most about the workshop.”

Mike Mustain

Participant from the Ignite Portsmouth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Shawnee State University.

“The workshop made everyone happy. I liked the skit the most.”

High School Student at Reynoldsburg City Schools

Participant in our workshop with the Educational Partnership for Social, Emotional & Academics (EPSEA).

– Osama Albalushi

Participant in Networking for Startups Webinar presented by Omantel Innovation Labs

“The thinking on your toes was great. It stood out because when we were given 2 new cards it required quick thinking and good responses for questions.”

– Participant in Northern Kentucky University Haile College of Business Workshop

Maintaining enthusiasm is important. The presenter preached what he spoke, was always exuding energy, and was even over the top at times. He set the example. I didn’t dislike anything: I like improv games and found it genuinely helpful.”

Entrepreneur from the Ignite Portsmouth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Shawnee State University

“I appreciated Nathan’s efforts in engaging the group — specifically our group “oh yeah” after the class next door decided to applaud back. Amazing job!”

– Caitlin Walsh

Participant in Northern Kentucky University Haile College of Business Workshop

“Improv is great for team building and finding creative ways to do so. I like Nathan’s energy and positive attitude. The activities also made it easier to interact with my peers, as an introvert.

– PARTICIPANT IN COLUMBUS YOUNG PROFESSIONALS CLUB WORKSHOP

– Layla Al Naamani

Participant in Networking for Startups Webinar presented by Omantel Innovation Labs

– MASTER’S STUDENT IN THE “ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND THE BUSINESS PLAN” COURSE AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

“I am Dr. David Julius Ford, Jr., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University. I attended Nathan Minns’ Improv presentation at the Ohio Career Development Association conference. I did not know what to expect from the session and how it related to career interventions. I was impressed with how interactive the presentation was and I was reminded of psychodrama, a counseling intervention that involves improv to help facilitate the counseling process. I hope to see more Improv presentations to integrate it into teaching, providing therapy, and providing clinical supervision. I was glad to get out of my seat and become an active participant in Nathan’s presentation. It was awesome!!!”

David Julius Ford, Jr., Ph.D., LCMHC (NC), LPC (VA, NJ), NCC, ACS

David Julius Ford, Jr., Ph.D., LCMHC (NC), LPC (VA, NJ), NCC, ACS

Associate Professor (Tenured) and Department Chair, Department of Professional Counseling at Monmouth University

“It was accessible and it had an ease about it, for people getting into something that could be uncomfortable. It’s a great way to open up your mind and practice in a safe setting.

The Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) Student at Ohio State University

“I liked the hands-on nature of the workshop, and the coaching throughout.”

Mark, Participant at Green Light Improv Workshops

“One key takeaway that I learned during this workshop is that of quick thinking. The Green Light Game allows the individual to quickly establish an idea designed to improve the lives of the consumer. These out-of-the-box designs are extremely useful in life where we are surrounded by uncertainty.”

– Participant in the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business Early Arrival Program

“While you aren’t the sole responsibility for the energy in the room, you can be the one to make it more positive.”

– Natalie Wilson

Participant in Columbus Culture First Workshop

The keynote was energetic and full of valuable information, like implementing the build, measure, and learn feedback cycle.

Keynote Attendee

At the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Conference in Chicago.

I loved it! This workshop showed me how creative I’m capable of being, which surprised me.”

– Jason Rindler

Member of the Ohio State University's STEP Cohort Program

“I learned that 100% is possible 100% of the time. There’s always a solution. You’re really engaging and the lessons are applicable and valuable.

Vanessa

Participant from Pickerington Public Library

Improv helps in communication skills, as you do it every day. Nathan is awesome. It is a lot less intimating than you’d think. You get out of it what you put in.”

Rebekah

Participant from Pickerington Public Library

“Hayden and Nathan were very personable and professional, immediately making me feel at ease and ready to learn. Not to mention, the way Hayden explained the presentation’s problem points highlighted what needed to be done and what could be improved. Also, Nathan’s ability to tie together real examples with solutions laid a clear path forward.

– TIM DEFRANCO

Founder of MultiFusion, LLP. Participant in Ohio State University's President's Buckeye Accelerator Pitch Finale.

I now have more confidence while being on the spot. I liked the variety of improv situations that helped me realize how layered interpersonal communication is and see all the areas where one can apply these skills.
Thanks for your dedication to your craft and for making it relatable to the business world!

Rebecca

- Employee on the Communications team at the City of Dublin, Ohio, USA.

– Participant in Techstars Startup Bahrain Weekend May 2024

– Sana Adil

Participant in Bahrain Startup Weekend

“I loved that you made it accessible & relevant to everyone in the audience. The sessions are fun, engaging, & Nathan brings a ton of energy and insights.

Lauren

Participant at Innovate New Albany

– Anna Egorkina

Participant in Startup Weekend Oulu, Finland

– Cristian Amaechi Morton, Olympian

Master's Student in the "Entrepreneurship and The Business Plan" Course at Ohio State University.

“At Columbus Startup Weekend, Nathan was an Amazzingg Facilitator. He was present, engaging, helpful, and insightful during the entire weekend, and truly cared about the quality of the event. Being able to pivot in real time, and take feedback can be hard to do, but Nathan handled all changes thrown at him in a professional and thoughtful manner

Nathan was a great facilitator at our Columbus Startup Weekend. This was our first event back post-COVID, so to have Nathan’s experience and insight for the weekend and knowing his role was a great help. He brought energy, comedy, and insight to the Facilitator role, and the whole weekend! SWCbus recommends Nathan!

Ryan Haury

– Ryan Haury

Lead Organizer at Columbus Startup Weekend

“I’m taking away that we can choose our attitude every day – we can choose to be fantastic or we can choose to complain and bring the group down. I choose the former!
I also thought that the workshop format was very good – we started doing little things and then working up to groups of 6. I actually enjoyed it, even though I was apprehensive about the event.”

– Senior Tax Manager at Schneider Downs

– Todd Hostetler

Participant in Startup Weekend Dayton

“I learned that “Yes and” mindset makes conversations more productive and fun. I loved the entire session – it was amazing!

– Sydney Wortman, Master of Human Resources Management student at the Ohio State University

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