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Izzy Gesell Leads "Be the Leader Others Want to Follow" w/Applied Improv & Humor

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    1883 Landings Dr, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States, Mountain View, CA (map)

    37.419949 -122.087357

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  • This unique workshop brings together two of the most effective personal development paths for thriving in the 21st Century - Humor and Applied Improv. The practices and concepts in this workshop offer thought-provoking experiences and memorable techniques that will stretch your comfort zone in your profession and your life. And you will have FUN!

    Led byIzzy Gesell M.ED, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)

    Who Should Attend: Speakers; Toastmasters; Trainers; Facilitators; Sales; Marketers; HR Professionals; Teachers; Coaches, Creative Artists.

    AGENDA (Come for the morning or full day.)

    • 830am - 900am Registration

    • 900am - 12noon Understanding and using Applied Improv in daily living by cultivating the qualities of presence, acceptance and trust; Improv skills and practices everyone can learn; How and why Humor works the way it does; Humor’s Role in society; Understanding your own sense of humor.

    • 12noon - 1pm Lunch (on your own)

    • 1pm - 4pm Deeper experiential dive into the world of humor and Applied Improv. Building on the morning session and tailored to the needs of the attendees, we will play more, learn more, laugh more and discover more about ourselves and how to immediately apply what we experienced.

    ADMISSION: for Toastmasters & friends using code "sponsor" : Full Day: $119 OR Morning only: $69 

    Why Applied Improv?

    People learn best through experiential involvement. Applied Improv works by responding to an experience the moment it happens, creating flashes of spontaneity which lead to insight & creativity through participant self-discovery.

    Highly effective individuals and organizations using Applied Improv are able to respond positively to new realities, are driven to achieve desired outcomes and can cooperatively resolve conflict and reach agreement. They generate new ideas, incorporate changes quickly and easily and communicate constructively, consistently and proactively. These are skills necessary to see things from new perspectives, act without knowing the exact outcome and recognize the need to co-create strategies and vision.

    Learn how to play, use, understand Applied Improv concepts and techniques that you will apply immediately to keep yourself and others involved, focused and interested. Experience how Applied Improv works and why it’s such a powerful way to develop skills that are important to all personal and business interactions and relationships.

    Why Humor?

    Humor is a key tool for any individual or group going through change or renewal. Understanding humor roles and impact leads to more transparency, honesty and connection with others.

    People use humor to join and identify a common universe. They consciously and unconsciously make statements through humor about themselves, their relationships, their groups, and their fears, which they find difficult to say otherwise. Humor or its absence, functions like a thermostat, controlling the climate within an environment. In organizations, teams, friendships or interpersonal relationships, humor is one way the dynamics of the relationship are illuminated. Simply put, positive humor fosters warm and inviting feelings. Negative, divisive humor makes a place and its people seem cold, cruel or aloof. Absence of humor altogether indicates a systemic blockage of communication. This program examines practical ways and means of understanding & using humor personally and professionally

    Takeaways - By the end of the day you will be able to:

    1. Distinguish as a leader between the 4 functions of humor - shield, weapon, bridge, or spotlight

    2. Discuss how humor impacts mental, physical, emotional, spiritual perception for individuals and teams.

    3. Describe a tactic to recall & retell any joke or humorous story

    4. Incorporate the Applied Improv activities into your own professional and personal life in a meaningful way.

    5. Recognize which self-limiting leadership beliefs you carry about what is possible.

    6. Understand how shared experiences & co-creation affect team relationships.

    7. Apply a tactic to keep a team disagreement from escalating into a conflict.

    ADMISSION: for Toastmasters & friends using code "sponsor" : Full Day: $119 OR Morning only: $69 

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  • Elaine L.

    Izzy teaches on and he wrote the book "Playing Along: 37 Group Activities Borrowed from Improvisational Theater" (available on Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking, recommended Izzy's book as a resource in his improv keynote.

    November 29

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