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Wednesday, August 7 • 10:45 - 12:00
Laughing for Leadership - Strengthening Leadership Skills with Improv Comedy (Mary Lemmer) POPULAR

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Like an improv show, companies are unscripted and start with nothing. Everyone is figuring out as they go.
Whether they realize it or not, business leaders are improv comedians. Great business leaders and great improvisers adapt to change, build trust among teams, communicate clearly, and make decisions with limited information.
Considering the similarities, I and others have discovered some things improv comedy can teach leaders. During this interactive session, we’ll do improv games and exercised, popularized by theatres that have trained world-famous comedians like Tina Fey and Steven Colbert, to help leaders strengthen leadership skills.
This improv session replaces podiums, tables, and desks with group activities and exercises that get people to practice new skills as opposed to just listening to someone talk about them. In addition to developing important skills, improv is so much fun!

Learning Outcomes:
  • This session is targeted at managers and leaders inside the company who want to develop their own leadership skills, as well as walk away with the tools and methodologies to develop leaders in their teams and companies.
  • Attendees will leave this session with:
  • Improved leadership skills, including, but not limited to the ability to make decisions with limited information, communication skills, emotional intelligence and empathy
  • Knowledge about how to apply improvisational principles to their leadership practice
  • Ideas for how to develop and inspire leaders, with fun and laughter
  • Confidence in their leadership abilities
  • Less fear
  • A way to handle changing environments and the changing learning needs of others
  • A strengthened ability to think quickly
  • Exercises and games they can play with their teams to share their ways of practicing leadership
  • A huge smile on their face!


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Mary Lemmer

Founder, Improv4
Mary Lemmer is an entrepreneur, improviser, comedian,and writer. Mary is the founder of Improv4, an improv training company specializing in cultivating leadership and team building skills for companies, teams and leaders. Mary has helped dozens of companies, including Plenty, Ozlo... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
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