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Creative Facilitation Using Improv

Create Engaging, Relevant Learning Environments

1-Day and 2-Day Workshops; 4-Month Programs

In this workshop you will learn and experience a variety of improvisational theater approaches that will enliven your programs, accelerate participant learning and deepen your presence as a facilitator. This workshop is for facilitators, trainers, OD practitioners, educators, coaches, consultants, and anyone who wants to create dynamic learning environments, feel comfortable with the unexpected and respond from the moment.

Improv takes us out of our habitual interactions, time frames, structures, and habitual ways of being and delivers us back into the "blank canvas" of the Now. As we learn to surrender to the moment, we let go of controls and the linear/rational-only mindsets that otherwise inhibit our inner creative wellspring. As we facilitate this for our participants, they experience a deeper level of awareness and learning.

"The power of improv as a training tool resides in its experiential nature or the ability to connect people to their intuition, their bodies, their intellect and each other. The links to the bottom line become clearer and clearer” -Thiagi, forward in Training to Imagine

We will explore using Improv to:

• Learn new skills, vocabulary and tools  •  Explore the applications of these new methods  •  Have fun  •  Deepen your understanding of your own creative process •  Stretch beyond "been there, done that" into exciting new territory  •  Let go and respond spontaneously

This workshop will focus on two levels at the same time - you as a professional facilitator and you as a creative individual. We will examine and experience the basic principles of improvisation, ways of being that allow for greater improv effectiveness and the practical applications of using improv to design and facilitate dynamic learning.

We will cover:

• Quickly and easily engaging participants in experiential activities
• Using improv activities in a coherent and organized way within your workshop design
• Becoming more comfortable improvising as a facilitator
• Thinking on your feet, adapting in the moment and being present 
• Using basic improv principles to transform blocks and barriers to group learning
• Choosing activities that are relevant to the objectives and the client's bottom line
• Drawing forth the energy, passion, and assets that are already in the room

You will leave with improv activities for:

• Icebreakers  •  Energizers  •  Group activities  •  Creating group story  •  Creative problem solving and new thinking  •  Team building •  Breaking down interpersonal barriers

Note:  If you have already taken CF1, you can just take Day 2.

Next Program:  This program is offered 2-3 times a year. The next program has not been set.

Where:  Fairfax Room in the Meetings Hall of the lovely Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling VA. Located about 15 minutes west of Tysons Corner. Free and plentiful parking. Beautiful grounds for walking. Specific directions and other logistics will be provided.

Food:  Coffee and tea service and spring water will be provided. There is a cafe on the premises for lunch and snacks, or you may bring your own.

How much: TBA

Materials:  The Creative Facilitation Workbook and all other materials will be provided. To register:  Register online by clicking the Paypal button at the bottom of this page.  Please include your name and contact information (email, home phone, cell).

Email michelle_at_creativeemergence.com with questions or to schedule a workshop for facilitators in your organization.

We accept credit cards. Register here: 

What Participants Say

>>> "Michelle's workshop for facilitators is fun, effective and you'll be glad you did it." >  Harrison Snow, Director, Team Building Associates, Professional Facilitator

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"I constantly face three challenges: How to quickly engage people in my workshops? How to raise the level of engagement so participants are emotionally as well as intellectually committed? How to nurture cooperative learning, where participants rely on each other for their learning? I walked away with a facilitation arsenal and ideas on applying the principles of improv to my work - and with a smile on my face." > Allen Liff, Ronin Marketing

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"Whether we work with conservative corporate clients with high anxiety thresholds about "retreats", or groups that are eager to move out into the unknown, Michelle offered great techniques and variations for all. I realized that activities to loosen up the mind are vital to the success of what one might regard as a cerebral exercise of a corporate planning session." > Judy Bradt, Principal & CEO, Summit Insight

>>> "Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your workshop! It was really fun AND very instructive! It was a great class and I learned tons. I definitely got what I came for - so thank you."  > Mary Abbajay, Consultant for Organizational Effectiveness

>>> "I've seen Michelle in action both as a performer and facilitator on several occasions. Her methods of facilitation are fun, effective and very energizing."  > Bill Olsen, Certified Professional Facilitator, President, Olsen Innovations Inc.

>>> "Michelle’s workshops have opened me up to new dimensions of comfort in public speaking, thinking on my feet and dealing with conflict. Besides, they are fun! The experience is dynamic, experiential and adults learn best by doing." > Susan Burton, President, Burton Group

>>> "Michelle creates a context in which the wonder and beauty of true co-creation among participants can emerge. Under her warm and spontaneous guidance humor, beauty, and truth come to the surface in a spirit of learning. I came away with new skills, friendships, and gratitude." > Kathleen Fimmell, Psychotherapist and Organizational Consultant