Using Improv to Help With Public Speaking and Leadership, Jan. 23

January 20, 2017

That awkward moment in a presentation where someone asks a really weird question. A student in class who poses an off-the-wall idea while you are presenting. Fear of what a committee member may ask in your thesis defense. Wondering how to define leadership. This improv workshop will help develop skills to respond to such situations and will also explore aspects of responding to the unexpected that come up when giving a talk.

This improv comedy exercises aims to develop a comfort with engaging others. These activities will also connect to aspects of effective leadership. Participants should expect to participate in improv comedy exercises with attendees. 20 Student Limit; Open to graduate students. Advanced Registration is requested via CareerBridge (sign-in required). This workshop is sponsored by the Graduate Student Council and MIT Global Education and Career Development (GECD). Workshop is facilitated by Jake Livengood at GECD. (If registration limit has been met, please email Jake Livengood to be added to the wait list at The workshop will be on Monday, January 23 from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at E25 – 117. Lunch will be provided at noon.

One thought on “Using Improv to Help With Public Speaking and Leadership, Jan. 23

  1. Using comedy improv is a great way to develop the ability to handle challenging and difficult public speaking situations. Humor is a powerful emotion that can cut through audience tension and hostility. Public speaking is a skill that requires continuous practice. The comedy improve can give students who will face challenging public speaking situations now and in the future the tools they need to be successful. And don’t forget— laughter prevents a hardening of the attitudes.

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