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LearnNow: Using Improv in Facilitation

Day One



8-8:30 a.m.

Coffee and Pastries

8:30-9 a.m.

Welcome to LearnNow
We will kick off the program by discussing some of the objectives and setting expectations for the next day and a half. The facilitator will define improvisation, how the theater community uses it, and how these skills transfer to the workplace.

9-11 a.m.

Activities: Games for Basic Improv Skills
Next, we will have you working in small groups to learn common games that develop basic improv skills. Key skills you’ll learn through these games include listening actively, agreeing (“yes”), contributing relevant information (“and”), and communicating nonverbally (space work).

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Aligning Improv Exercises and Learning Objectives
Paramount to the success of an improv program is selecting exercises that support specific skills and organizational learning objectives. Here we will take a look at how exercises are designed to address skills development for the workplace. We’ll also practice formulating inquiry strategies and providing feedback for your participants following each exercise.

12-1 p.m.


1-3 p.m.

Activities: Games for Specific Skills
With a foundation of basic improv games, you’re now ready to participate in more challenging games that build specific skills, including communicating, collaborating, and applying creativity.

3- 4 p.m.

Understanding Best Practices for Implementation
We’ll identify appropriate uses of improv and review best practices for successful implementation. We’ll also discuss how to create an environment that is conducive to risk taking and self-reflection.

4-4:30 p.m.

Wrap Up
We’ll wrap up with a discussion of learning lessons from day one, answer questions, and prepare for tomorrow’s session.


Day Two



8-8:30 a.m.

Coffee and Pastries

8:30-9 a.m.

Review Day One and Preview Day Two
We’ll start day two with a review of the key concepts from day one, then discuss learning objectives for day two.

9-11 a.m.

Activities: Scenes
With the skills you’ve developed through the games in day one, you’re now ready to create scenes. Scene work is complex, requiring several steps in co-creating a narrative. We’ll also explore how scenes can be used as a form of role play using workplace scenarios.

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Review Improv Resources and Write Next Steps
There are plenty of resources to help you select improv games. We’ll review a few of the best resources. Then you’ll have a chance to select a game and customize it for successful incorporation into one of your existing programs.

12-12:30 p.m.

Wrap Up
We’ll wrap up with a discussion of learning lessons from the course, answer questions, and discuss how to continue a community of learning.

* When you attend, please wear comfortable clothing; this is a highly interactive program that includes light movement.

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Dates & Locations

Alexandria, VA

Mar 08-09, 2018

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