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  • Personal Development Series: Effectively Communicate Through Improv!

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    • Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    • Time: 1 — 2 p.m. ET
    • Location: Online

    • Career Level: Basic-, intermediate-, and advanced-level career services and university relations and recruiting professionals
    • Competency: Brokering, Connecting, & Linking
    • Fee: Free (member); $199 (nonmember)
    • Summary

      In this webinar, you will participate in an interactive lecture and series of improvisation-based exercises led by professional improvisers. By the end of the webinar, you will have learned and practiced how to use verbal and non-verbal techniques to enhance your interpersonal communication skills, build rapport more quickly, and establish trust with others. During the webinar, presenters from improve it! will convey the theme that “what you say and what you don’t say affects how others listen and respond” by incorporating improvisation activities. After each activity, we will debrief and relate it back to the key message. Participants will then write an action plan based on each activity.

      Following this program, you will be able to:

      • Demonstrate verbal communication and active listening;
      • Identify negative listening patterns and examine the best way to correct the patterns; and
      • Discover the importance of non-verbal communication and taking responsibility for non-verbal cues.

    • Event Details

      Registration includes three-month, post-event access to the webinar archive.

      To view the presentation deck, attendee list, your receipt, and your confirmation, use the “I’d like to” option next to the Effectively Communicate Through Improv! listing in MyNACE > Events. Remember to download your copy of the presentation deck (available one to two days prior to webinar). A video archive will be available there as well within five (5) business days of the webinar’s completion.

      To see the NACE cancellation policy, please visit our FAQ page.

    • Format

      During this one-hour webinar, the presenter will deliver a synchronized audio and PowerPoint presentation. Participants will have time for live Q&A throughout the program, and may be asked to contribute opinions or feedback via live chat, virtual polling, and other mechanisms.

    • Presenters

      Erin Diehl

      Erin Diehl, Founder/CEO, improve it!, LLC

      Empirical evidence has shown that improvisational training can improve an employee’s trust, teamwork, communication, presentation skills, creative problem solving, and a company’s overall corporate culture. No one knows that better than Erin Diehl. Diehl is a graduate of Clemson University, and a former experiential marketing and recruiting professional. She also is a veteran improviser from the top improvisational training programs in Chicago, including The Second City, iO Theater, and The Annoyance Theatre. Diehl’s company, improve it!, conducts workshops across the country leveraging improvisational techniques to improve employees’ soft skills in corporate settings. Her work with clients such as United Airlines, PepsiCo, Groupon, Deloitte, The PrivateBank, and the Illinois CPA Society earned her the 2014 Chicago RedEye Big Idea Award and nominations for the 2015 and 2016 Chicago Innovations Award. Diehl was a speaker for Disrupt HR Chicago, hosted the 2016 RedEye Big Idea Awards, and will be a speaker for HRMAC Chicago, WISE Chicago, the Business Marketing Association, and Emerging Leaders of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in 2017. Diehl will be sharing her thoughts on how to effectively communicate by using the methodologies of improvisation.

      Lori Trahan

      Allison Keller, Director of Operations, improve it!, LLC

      Allie Keller is an improviser, writer, director, and improv coach who has studied at Northwestern University, The Second City Conservatory, iO Training Center, Annoyance Training Center, UCB New York, and Green Shirt Studio. She has produced and directed ”Mic Fight“ and ”Will You Accept This Rose: An Improvised Parody of The Bachelor.” She has more than five years of experience in corporate training development and design, and is an active member of the improve it! team as the director of operations.


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