Level Up Your Communication and Collaboration with these Improv Exercises & Tips

60 Minutes

Level Up Your Communication and Collaboration - The secret skill you have been waiting for.
In this highly interactive and fun session, Kupe Kupersmith, 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 Kupes Project management, Business Analysis and business background, he will be able to help you directly apply these skills on the job.

Why is this 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 Improv Advantage, your job gets easier!

Discussion Questions for Group Reflection:

1.) Kupe credits improv skills and experience with being a better communicator. Do you agree? What skills can you develop from periodically doing improv? Outside of improv, are there any other groups or activities you are a part of that have helped your communication skills (such as Toastmasters)?

2.) After the Mirror Game, Kupe stressed that we need to talk at a pace people can understand. Most people talk or move too fast, and lose people. Is this you? Do you need to slow down a bit?

3.) Kupe also encouraged us to avoid tangent talking and hitting on several topics at a time without stopping to gauge understanding and give people time to process, and instead communicate in small chunks. Do you often merge topics and discuss several things at a time without stopping to gain understanding and solicit questions?

4.) Kupe shared his 3R model for trainings: review, reassure & reveal. What did Kupe discuss that reassured and validated things you are doing now? What was your big reveal/take away?

Speaker Kupe Kupersmith

Kupe Kupersmith possesses over 15 years of experience in software systems development. He has served as the lead Business Analyst and Project Manager on projects in the Energy, television and sports management and marketing industries. Additionally, he serves as a mentor for business analysis professionals. Kupe is a Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®). Kupe is the co-author of Business Analysis for Dummies and is a requested speaker. Being a trained improvisational comedian, Kupe is sure to make you laugh while you’re learning. For a feel for Kupe’s view on business analysis topics check out his blog on BA Times. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!

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