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Yes and ... Applying Improvisational Skills to Improve Innovation

Professional Development

Day & Time:
June 17, 1:30PM - 3:00PM (Pacific Standard Time)

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Yes and ... Applying Improvisational Skills to Improve Innovation

Lauren Edelstein Henry
Senior Principal Operational Specialist
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, United States

Improvisational theatre is suggestion-fueled theatre that is unscripted and where all scenes are created spontaneously. At the heart of improvisational theatre is the phrase "yes and ... ," which facilitates engagement of all voices in a group. Playfulness is a useful tool which catalyzes innovation by enabling people to connect with others, have the courage to share, and freely explore new approaches. For this workshop, we have applied the tools of improvisational theatre and playfulness together. The attendee will take away new skills and tools to bring back to the office, such as enhancing the ability to accept suggestions of others, adapting more successfully to people and situations, thinking more effectively on one's feet, and, most importantly, having fun AND being productive at the same time.

**Due to workshop format, seating will be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

The San Diego Convention Center has stringent regulations on maximum room capacities, and they are strictly enforced. Once all seats are occupied, DIA will be required to close the workshop, and no more participants will be admitted. Interested attendees are encouraged to arrive at workshops early in order to ensure seating. Please note, as a workshop with interactivity, this offering will not be recorded.

Learning Objective(s):
Identify situations where the user may be blocking their own and others' ideas; Demonstrate the ability to work better in groups and one-on-one; Perform more efficiently in meetings by learning to think more quickly on your feet and not get rattled by unexpected situations; Effectively engage the power of your team to help you solve problems.

Presentation(s) & Speaker(s):
Akshay Sateesh, MS
Founder and Facilitator
Ziksana Consulting, United States