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Improvise Your Way to Success

Track Info

Improvisation is the ability to handle the unexpected and respond confidently in the moment. Participants in this track will learn techniques to support positive communication, explore developing and maintaining key relationships, and gain valuable skills for seeking consensus and collaboration- all while having fun!

Benefits: Elevate the effectiveness of each participant resulting in more productive communication

  • Develop strategies for effective collaboration & communication internally and outward facing
  • Improve ability to think on your feet, be creative, and see things with a fresh perspective
  • Incorporate active listening, and best practice communication & collaboration techniques
  • Elevate self-confidence and the ability to be authentic, compelling, and commanding
  • Connect improvisation games to learning objectives through debriefing

Delivery Methodology:

  • Highly interactive and experiential
  • Exercises (games) to support team & trust building all while strengthening ability to collaborate and shine as leaders
  • Discussion and small group exercises
  • Feedback and debriefs

How does improv fit in to all this?  Improvisation supports participants in increasing their capacity to be spontaneous and work together more generously. A skilled improvisation facilitator will support participants in not only having fun but in adopting profound changes in communication, mindset, and how they communicate all while connecting each exercise with the specific learning objectives & best practices being taught.

How do we use improvisation?  All of the above AND to support building an improvisation mindset, participants will be led through various foundation exercises to support listening, saying “yes, and”, teambuilding/finding commonalities, and strengthening agility/flexibility.

This track was brought back for a second year in a row due to student feedback in 2016!

Presenter Info: Lisa Safran

Lisa Safran has over 15 years experience in training and development. Lisa believes that when it comes to training, ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL. Prior to launching Improv Consultants in 2010, Lisa was a teacher and taught grades 3-5. Her greatest passion was finding ways to bring the curriculum alive for her students. While working overseas in Thailand, Lisa developed a program to use improvisation to build literacy and used that curriculum to write her first book, Reading and Writing Come Alive! Her second book, Executive Presence Improv Style supports business leaders in developing the confidence they need through interactive exercises.

In addition to education, Lisa has a background in theater and improvisation making “fun” an operative word when it comes to the programs she facilitates. Lisa Safran is the President and Founder of Improv Consultants, providing experiential professional development training programs to individuals, businesses, and teams.

She works collaboratively with her clients to support customizing training and coaching programs and has had the pleasure of working with Genentech, Sephora, Microsoft, HP Inc., Kaiser Permanente, and the University of California, amongst others.  

As a training strategist, Lisa helps her clients strengthen communication & leadership skills, and develop healthier teams through training and team building programs. Lisa has had the pleasure of working with cultures around the world and living overseas twice in her lifetime; so far. When not facilitating corporate programs, Lisa enjoys playing music (she has produced two CDs Dreams that Matter by the Bitter Mystics, and Walking on a Cloud by the Squiggle Jams) and hanging out with her very small dog, Nellie!