Creative Facilitation Using Improv & Storytelling

Be more at ease creating, improvising, and adapting in the moment.
 Enliven your facilitation with accessible, fun, purposeful activities.
Cultivate and trust your own juicy creativity.

Saturday, August 26, 2017  •  10:00am-5:00pm  •  Washington, DC

In this workshop you will learn and experience
a variety of Applied Improvisational Theater and Applied Storytelling approaches that will enliven your programs, accelerate participant learning and deepen your presencem confidence, and flexibility as a facilitator. This workshop is for facilitators, trainers, OD practitioners, educators, coaches, consultants, and anyone who wants to create dynamic, meaningful learning environments, feel comfortable with the unexpected, and think on your feet in real time.
"For facilitators looking for ways to enliven their techniques, this workshop is a winner." - Bill Olsen, President, Olsen Innovations, Certified Professional Facilitator

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. Storytelling brings connections, purpose, humor, relatability, and insights in ways lists and data do not...and gives meaningful context to facts and information. As we facilitate these approaches 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 & Story 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 and mindsets that allow for greater improv effectiveness, and the practical applications of using improv and storytelling to design and facilitate dynamic learning, connecting, and creating.

We will cover:

• Quickly and easily engaging participants in experiential activities
• Using improv and story-based 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
• Drawing forth the energy, passion, and assets that are already
  in the room

Leave with improv activities for:

Icebreakers/Warm-ups  •  Energizers  •  Group activities  •  Individual & group storytelling  •  Creative thinking & Ideation  •  Team/community building & bonding •  Breaking down interpersonal barriers

Details: Saturday, August 26. 10:00am-5:00pm. At the Center for Movement Theatre, conveniently located at 4321 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (entrance on Windom Place).
Registration: $177. Registration closes midnight August 24.

To Sign Up:  Click the "Pay Now" button for online credit card payment OR email info@creativeemergence.com for mailing information to send a check.

Creative Facilitation Workshop

Questions? Call Michelle at 434-995-5077 or send an email to info@creativeemergence.com

Designed and facilitated by Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence. This workshop is based on discoveries and learnings from two decades of studying, facilitating and designing Applied Creativity, Improvisation, and Storytelling workshops for individuals, teams and organizations including Microsoft, Panasonic, Dominos, John Deere, Kaiser Permanente, PBS, Deloitte, Geico, World Bank, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, NIH, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Search for Common Ground, Clean Air Institute and many others  (see client page). Michelle serves as adjunct faculty for the Federal Executive Institute, where she leads ongoing applied improv and creativity workshops for agency leaders and policy makers. She also coaches entrepreneurs, consultants, and facilitators in using their creativity to design their original approaches, products, services, and activities (see bio page). She integrates whole-brain, highly experiential (and fun!) learning with a grounded, practical framework into every workshop.

What Participants Say
"Michelle has a delightful ability to coach, teach and transform her audience all in one workshop. From the first moment to the closing activity, we absorbed her teachings in a way that will improve and inspire our own facilitation abilities." > Linda Warren, CEO, Launch Consulting

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

"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

"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

"It was a pleasure and lovely mix of energy in the room. Thank you for a wonderful learning experience." < Jo Golden, Service Design Lead at FJORD

"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." > Kathryn 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

"Thank each of you for the gift you brought to today's session and shared with so much abundance and creative abandon. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and really learned a lot!" > Annalie Killian, Change Catalyst, Sparks & Honey