Speak Up: Using Improv to Succeed in Business
1

Wednesday, 1 February

6:30 8:30 pm PST

GA SF

225 Bush Street, 5th Floor (East Entrance)
San Francisco , CA 94104
$65 USD
Regular Ticket
$65 USD
Total

Questions? Read our FAQs

Speak Up: Using Improv to Succeed in Business

1

Wednesday, 1 February

6:30 8:30 pm PST

GA SF

225 Bush Street, 5th Floor (East Entrance)
San Francisco , CA 94104
$65 USD
Regular Ticket
$65 USD
Total

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Workshop

"Improv" is the practice of unplanned interaction with others. That means that improvisation is a skill practiced by everyone, every single day. As much as we would like to rehearse and practice our lines for critical moments, there's no script sitting on our desk each morning, outlining all the things we'll say and do throughout the day. Learning simple tools for improvising better is a highly effective way to improve individual and team outcomes in any industry.

In this class, students will learn basic improv techniques that can be applied to their everyday professional interactions. These techniques include communication skills for active listening, collaboration, co-creation, creativity and extemporaneous speaking. The workshop is primarily activity-based, so students will have the opportunity to practice these new skills in pairs and small groups in the safe environment of the classroom before applying them in their own jobs. Students will also have the opportunity (through facilitated discussions) to share with the class how and when they plan to apply the new skills in their professions.

Takeaways

  • “Yes, And” - Learn techniques for listening to and building on a teammate’s ideas to move a conversation forward. Practice turning negative interactions into constructive opportunities.
  • Full Body Listening - Facial expression and body language listening practice. Practice using non-verbal communication methods.
  • Storytelling - As an individual or group, practice using “Yes, and” improv techniques to co-create a compelling and creative narrative that catches a listener’s attention. Explore the ways that digital communication (text, email, voice) change the way that stories and messages are understood.
  • “Improvised Public Speaking” - Practice presenting on a topic or responding to questions with little to no preparation time.

About the Instructor

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Dave Collins is an award-winning improvisor, coach, and corporate strategist. He began performing improv in 2005, and after a move to Chicago, began teaching and coaching in 2007. Along with his teammates, Dave won the 2010 National Collegiate Improv Tournament, headlined shows across the country, and individually has coached hundreds of students and professionals in the art and practice of improv. Today, Dave works with his clients to find innovative ways to develop practical business skills through the use of improv training. Like Aesop's fable about the Oak and the Reeds, he believes that modern organizational cultures must incorporate basic improv tools and techniques in order to be flexible enough to survive and thrive through any storm.

Refund Policy

Plans change. We get it. But if you can't make it to a class/workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given after this timeframe.

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