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Starting with, "Yes, and...": Improvised Leadership Language

  • 04 Feb 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, Room 140, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105

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February 4, 2016

TIME: 5:30 - 7:30 pm


Starting with, "Yes, and...": Improvised Leadership Language

Starting with, "Yes, and . . . " is one part presentation, one part demonstration and one part participation. Facilitators Brian Lam and Dann Sytsma lead attendees through an interactive program that explores how applied improvisation language can be used by leaders to engage, ignite and empower those around them.

This presentation is sure to be fun and engaging, and the take-aways are immediate. You'll learn language and listening techniques used on the improv stage and relate them to the professional work environment. Expect "ah-hah!" moments as you explore the language of collaboration, support, active listening, trust and how these environments bring out the BEST in a work environment.

After this session, you'll be able to:

1. Establish trust and intimacy with clients and team members

2. Facilitate training exercises with staff members that strengthens communication and collaboration

3. Demonstrate active listening
      5:30 - 5:50 pm   Dinner & Networking 
      5:50 - 6:05 pm   Welcome & Introductions
      6:05 - 7:15 pm   Presentation & Practice
      7:15 - 7:30 pm   Learning Wrap-Up & Meeting Close


      Washtenaw Community College
      Morris Lawrence Building
      4800 E. Huron River Drive
      Ann Arbor, MI 48105


      Register by Jan 29 and save $5

      • Chapter members = $20
      • Student members = $15
      • Non-member guests = $40
        (Join now and save up to $25!)

      Registrations are not considered definite or confirmed until payment has been submitted.

      Cancellations & Refunds:

      Cancellations will be accepted until 5 pm on Friday, Jan. 29

      • Cancellations received prior to this time/date should be requested in writing and sent to finance@a2astd.org.
      • Refunds will be issued either (1) by check (less a $5 processing fee) and will be mailed to the address on file or (2) transferred to the next scheduled A2ATD meeting date.

      Refunds after Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 pm cannot be issued, but we will gladly accept a substitution should you wish to send someone in your place.

      About the Presenters:

      Brian's improvisational experience includes studying at the prestigious Second City theatre in Chicago. He performed with sketch comedy troupes around Chicago and is in his fourth season as a member of the improv troupe Crawlspace Eviction. Prior to Improv Effects, Brian's background was in sales and marketing, most recently as the owner of a public relations firm and formerly the vice president of a beverage distribution company.

      Dann has been performing and coaching improv for over 15 years. He is the founder of Crawlspace Eviction, Kalamazoo's longest running improv troupe and is the founder of the Kalamazoo Improv Festival. He trained at both Second City and Improve Olympic (iO) in Chicago. Prior to improv effects, Dann was a chemist and taught college instruction.

      Brian and Dann have blended their professional and improvisational experience to coach the techniques used on the improv state in professional settings for communication and leadership skills.

      Jeneen McNally, President of Speak So They Listen, LLC is a Corporate Trainer, Coach, Interviewer, and Business Developer. She is also the Director of Sales for the University of Michigan Operations Leadership Workshop.

      She coaches and presents workshops about how to "Speak So They Listen"...speaking and presenting so you are listened to AND understood in: 1-1 conversations, meetings, and giving presentations.  

      ATD Competency Model:

      Outline the process of CPLP certification

      Relate the CPLP certification to their professional career development aspirations and goals

      Identify resources to support their interests in the CPLP application

      Reflect on their professional competencies for talent development

      Network. Learn. Grow.

      Creating a World that Works better.

      Ann Arbor ATD  P.O. Box 130131  Ann Arbor, MI 48113

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