“The impact of Darren Held’s corporate improv training goes beyond building both bridges and morale among staff.  It extends over and above finding ways to connect with our guests.  Time and again, participants report that  they have learned new skills for life.  I wish we had started with Darren sooner!”

Kathie Nirschl, Aquarium of the Pacific

“I worked with Darren and Held2gether for about six months on various projects for my company. They worked with our entire company during an annual training event and were the highlight of the whole event. Darren and Viet were amazing – they created fantastic energy for our event, and did a great job helping our team translate the fun they were having into real, practical everyday skills that they use in their jobs. We were so impressed, we partnered with them on developing curriculum that will become part of our basic training program. They are helping us transform the way we teach skills like listening, building rapport and trust, and creativity that are notoriously difficult to teach.”

Denise Vaneck, Promark Insurance

“Improv has been a great addition to our training program. Since bringing Darren’s Held2gether team onboard our teams have gained new insights into working together. Team members now connect better with each other, have improved their listening skills, and have learned to support each other in various situations. Not only do they have a ton of fun, but they keep asking for more improv classes!”

Julie Forbes, Integer Marketing Group

“I hired Held2Gether to teach a workshop at the Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach with recovering addicts. These people were going through a difficult time. Held2Gether got them laughing, listening and learning how to stay in the moment, while tackling great challenges. I canʼt recommend them enough.”

Alan Armijo, President, Main Street Funding

“In this tough economy, our publishing company was struggling, and as a result morale was at a low. At the one day Held2Gether workshop, we learned greater skills about teamwork, our team solidified and our productivity level soared.

Plaegian Alexander, Managing Editor, Public Culture Journal


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