MONTHLY PROGRAM: Using techniques from improvisational theatre for team building

  • 08 May 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • SF State University -  Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, San Francisco


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Collaboration, ideation and group-thinking are key to competitive advantage. These skills have been honed in Improvisational Theater for years. Join us to experience the power of improvisational techniques and exercises. Learn to apply them for business success. And have fun!

The modern corporate environment is one of ever changing priorities and goals within a fluid and dynamic workforce. They have even come up with a new acronym for this. VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex & Ambiguous ) Teams are coming together and breaking up at an ever increasing pace whilst the constant search for innovation means that people are expected to always look for new options and new opportunities. In recent years many people have realized that the skills developed and used by people working in improvisational theatre are amongst the strongest in the areas needed by people in this new environment.

It’s a hot topic, with sessions and Keynotes at ASTD Conferences dedicated to this as well as topics in T&D magazines and even a chapter in Dan Pink’s new book being about improvising.

Trainers and facilitators can dip into this huge and ever expanding array of exercises and games used by improvisers to expand and enrich their repertoire of experiential learning and review activities.

Join us at this interactive session and dip your toes into this vast pool of resource, and have some fun while doing it. This session aligns directly with the “Training Delivery” Area of Expertise in the ASTD Competency Model. In fact, Alan used a session on this topic as his Work Product Submission when he was Certified in 2011

By the end of the session participants will be able to::
  • Understand and explain some of the basic principles used in Improvisational Theatre and how these relate to principles in the modern business environment.
  • Incorporate a selection of the simple exercises from improvisation within a team building or other organizational development context.
  • Improvise.
Alan Montague.  As well as being VP Programs for ASTD Golden Gate, Alan is the founder and President of IMPROVing Organizations, a consultancy that is dedicated to leveraging Learning & Development to help organizations achieve their business goals.

Alan obtained the ASTD's Certified Professional in Learning and Performance designation in 2011 and has over 16 years' experience on four continents helping people learn.

Committed to the furtherance of our profession, Alan facilitates for a CPLP study group organized by a sister west coast chapter on the Delivering Training and Facilitating Organizational change Areas of Expertise.

Before relocating to the Bay Area in 2012, Alan served as a Chapter Leader for the Chicagoland Chapter of ASTD as VP Finance. And prior to his branching out with IMPROVing Organizations, Alan worked for a range of software companies in Learning & Development roles.

In a 'previous life' Alan was a programmer and technical support specialist. Alan has studied advanced improvisation techniques at many of the top improvisation schools in the country and has presented at conferences and chapter meetings on Accelerated Learning and the use of improvisation in team building.

5:30 - 6:00 New Member Orientation / Light Appetizers / Networking
6:00 - 6:15 Announcements
6:15 - 8:00 Monthly Program

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