CO+HOOTS Foundation presents Screw perfection! Use improv skills to connect with clients!
Ever completely miss what your client was saying because you were too busy thinking about what you would say next? Ever stick so closely to your pitch script that you appeared timid or inauthentic to your audience? Ever blurted out a non sequitur to a client that made perfect sense when you planned it?
If you said “no” to all of these, you’re lying. But it’s not your fault. We’re conditioned to believe that “practice makes perfect”. What that idiom fails to consider is the real world doesn’t give a crap about your perfect plan. How you respond in the moment is all that counts.
Come learn how you can leverage improv skills to:
— Be fully present in the moment
— Truly hear what your clients say and mean
— Focus on serving your clients’ real needs
This workshop will be hands-on, butts-out-of-seats, and most likely hysterical and a teensy bit embarrassing. So wear clothes you can move in and leave your ego at the door.
Brianna Klink de Ruiz (Bri de Ruiz for short) is an organizational development and corporate training expert that has helped Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits boost the growth and performance of their talent. Most notably, she helped Longboard Asset Management double revenue, PetSmart Charities save 40,609 more pets from euthanasia, and Corpedia launch an e-learning product that was acquired by NYSE Euronext. She recently left “Cubicle Nation” for the life of an entrepreneur. Bri is also a veteran improviser who performs regularly with Mail Order Bride at The Torch Theatre.
Javier Gilmore has a passion for teaching. During his 20-year career with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, he taught the Gang Class at the Academy. Since retiring, he teaches beginner improv students at The Torch Theatre shares the value of applied improv, aka “The Secret Sauce,” with corporate clients. Javier’s love affair with improv has been going strong for 10 years. He joyously performs with The Skewed News Hour, Too Cubed, and The Light Rail Pirates.
— The CO+HOOTS Foundation is an Arizona non-profit whose mission is to influence and support community growth by engaging the power of coworkers, independent contractors and small business. We provide pro bono service, education and leadership to CO+WORK, CO+BUILD and CO+CHANGE the world.