Communication, Collaboration, Improv…Oh My! Part 1 - 1 Leadership PDU

50 Minutes

In this highly interactive and fun series, Kupe, an improvisational actor, focuses on key improvisation lessons that will help you be a more attentive and flexible team member. You will walk away with lessons to help you suspend judgment, keep conversations moving forward, listen generously, and take collaboration to new levels. This will not be your average webinar where you sit back and listen. With Kupe’s project management, business analysis, and systems development background he will be able to help you directly apply these skills on the job.

Why are these skills so important? The speed of business today requires teams to decide fast, learn fast and gain buy-in from all stakeholders involved. In Daniel Pink’s book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, he highlights improv skills as a necessary competency for everyone. This quote sums it up: “In improv, you never try to get someone to do something. That’s coercion, not creativity,” Salit says. “You make offers, you accept offers— and a conversation, a relationship, a scene, and other possibilities emerge.” Your role is to help move others to accomplish agreed upon goals. Using the critical and communication skills learned you’ll see how your job just got easier!

Session 1 – 

  1. What is Improv and why it applies to you – 15 min 
  2. Warm-up Exercise – Flea, Fly, Flow - 5 min
  3. Improv Game 1 - “Yes, and” - 30-40 min 
  4. Wrap Up and Reflection/Take Aways - 5-10 min

*For anyone with a PMI certification, or other certification requiring PDUs, you can self-report 1 Leadership PDU for this webinar until 11/12/2023 under Digital Media/Webinar. Simply provide the requested details via each Talk’s URL (i.e. ‘Title,’ ‘Description,’ and URL), and put ‘Apex Systems’ as the provider.* 


Speaker Kupe Kupersmith

Kupe Kupersmith possesses over 20 years of experience in agile, business analysis, project management, portfolio management and software systems development. He is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies and is an industry requested keynote speaker at conferences such as BBC, BA World/Project Summit, PMI events, etc. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!

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