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Improv for UX Leaders: Experiential Exercises to Reframe Conversations
Reset your teams' mindset. Task switching can throw a team's progress off tilter. Help the team reset themselves before starting a new task. This month we'll be learning improv techniques to change our perspective, improve our group communication, and help us learn to be present in the moment. Join us on Thursday Oct 25th to learn how to use improv to better engage ourselves and colleagues in group work activities. Led by two of the funnest people in San Diego, we'll cover a breadth of challenges, and discuss how it affects our behaviors and attitudes toward each other. Agend: - 6:00 - 6:30 - Networking - 6:30 - 8:30 - Intro, Exercises, Debrief - 8:30 - 9:00 - Networking ** We will be starting promptly at 6:30 due to the length of the exercises. Feel free to arrive late. We'll slot you in. ** SPEAKERS// Michael Vargas Michael works with teams to strengthen their communication. He has a degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and the best thing he learned from this program was to listen, process, understand, and create a direction for what comes next. Michael has worked in personal development for over 8 years, working with people one-on-one and in groups. He has been in theatre for eleven years and improv for eight. With his improv background, Michael is able to get creative with the people he works with and utilize the tools in improv that are closely associated with helpful guidelines for life and connections. Michael’s ability to combine his psychology and improv training allows for unique and supportive guidance in facilitation. Gary Ware Gary is the Founder of Breakthrough Play, a company that helps teams be more creative, confident, and collaborative using play. To do this, Gary incorporates techniques that professional improvisers use to create amazing experiences without a script. Gary has been in the marketing and advertising industry for over a decade and understands the struggles that companies like yours are facing. He first got into improvisation as a way to better his public speaking, and quickly found that it could apply to various business challenges. SPONSORS// +Food+ The Creative Group (TCG) The Creative Group specializes in placing a range of highly skilled interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals with a variety of firms on a project, temporary-to-hire and full-time basis. + Venue + Service Now The UX Design Team at ServiceNow is a fast-growing global team transforming enterprise and putting user-centered design at the core of our products. We take the complex problems and reimagine them into compelling and delightful experiences. Our focus is to impact the day-to-day lives of our users by designing experiences that change the way people work. + Beverages + Seamgen Seamgen is an industry-leading digital agency specializing in mobile and web app design and development. They build innovative digital products that put the user first across different industries including healthcare, hospitality, and automotive. Headquartered in San Diego, their team of designers & developers craft custom software solutions that delight users and drive ROI.


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    SDXD is here to enrich the San Diego experience design community. Most members are UX research and design practitioners but we have a broad perspective. We want to bring together anyone who works in, or is simply interested by, the various experience design disciplines and techniques (UX, IxD, usability, prototyping, HCI, service design, industrial design, etc.)

    Come make new connections, share ideas, learn best practices, and be inspired. We meet every 3rd Wednesday evening Jan - October. Our meetings are free and open to the public. We welcome people from all fields; you do not have to be an XD professional to attend.

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