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With Jared Polivka (Dir. School of Artificial Intelligence, Udacity).
Monday, August 19, 2019 at 06:45 PM   Absolutely Free
Galvanize SF, 44 Tehama St
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I'll tell you a secret...YOU ARE A STORYTELLER
You might not have realized it yet, but leveling up your career as an engineer / technologist can be accelerated by learning to communicate more effectively & by becoming a better storyteller.This is an on-your feet workshop. You will play games, do fun storytelling exercises & learn tools to help you connect to your audience. This class is for all levels of people who are looking to up their communication game.
Why Improv?
Forbes, the New York Times, Harvard Business Review & many other publications have written about how improv training is amazing business & startup training. But what's the deal? How does improv help technology workers?Improv helps people:

Listen & be present
Be better communicators
Tap into creativity
Relieve anxiety/stress & release tension
Celebrate making mistakes & be more resilient
Gracefully deal with uncertainty
Make your partners look good & collaborate on teams more effectively
YES AND in addition to being useful, improv is fun!

What Takeaways to Expect:

Develop deeper listening skills
Hone your audience awareness
Get in touch with your natural presence
Embrace body language that makes you open & flexible to ideas instead of closed off.
Be more comfortable going off-script (i.e. improvising) during presentations, in Q&A, & in life.
Take the focus off yourself & serve your audience by being interested, instead of being interesting
Use yes & thinking to collaborate more creatively & effectively with your team
Take care of your teammates & notice when team members feel excluded or afraid to contribute their thoughts. Sometimes, great ideas go unspoken.

Who Should Attend:
Anyone who wants to strengthen their storytelling! All kinds of people from all walks of live attend Joy of Improvworkshops! Past workshop paticipants have included:

Data Scientists & Engineers who want to improve communication, listening skills, & be more compelling.
Current industry professionals & bootcamp students who want to feel more relaxed & confident in job interviews.
Founders & executives leading teams
Product Managers
Creative Directors, Video Makers, Copywriters, Marketers, who want a creativity boost & new storytelling tools
Teachers, therapists, yoga instructors, health & wellness professionals

Class Agenda:

6:45 - 7 pm:meet & greet & announcements
7 pm - 8 pm: joyful storytelling games to warm up spontaneity, ignite our imaginations, practice being kind to ourselves & practice celebrating mistakes
8:00 pm - 8:15: bathroom break
8:15 - 9:15 pm: Additional storytelling games / exercises
9:15 pm - 10:15 pm: Integration. Here's where we put it all together & do group scenes, mock job interviews, improvised presentations & more fun games in front of the class.

Location Details:
This workshop will be in Galvanize's lower level theater. Just ask the lobby where to go when you arrive or follow the signs downstairs.
When to Arrive
Arrive between 6:30 pm & 6:45 pm. We're beginning class at 7 pm.
What to Bring

A full water bottle
A notebook & a pen or pencil to jot down notes or personal discoveries.

What to Wear
Anything from business casual to workout attire is fine. Most importantly, wear shoes are comfortable & that you can move in.
Our Mission

Spread the joy of improv to underrepresented groups & to people who haven't had the opportunity to explore who they are & relate to others through play
Help people realize that they are storytellers
Help people get back in touch with their natural presence
Share knowledge, techniques & tools to sharpen storytelling skills, build confidence & build resilience

Learn more aboutThe Joy of Improv
I had a lovely time doing improv with Jared! I felt so relaxed & happy afterwards. I feel like my neurons have been firing differently since. Improv play & improv thinking is helpful to me as a product manager. - Adrienne Tran, Product Manager, Tesla
"I so enjoyed Jared's improv class. I work with people who have experienced chronic homelessness, & the games he taught have given me new, joyful, playful strategies for really *listening* to the men & women I have the privilege of serving." -Bethany Hebbard, Community Corps Director, Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Jared has a knack for bringing people together & establishing a safe environment to take creative risks, to embrace failure & learning. His exercises left our team with greater trust, empathy & we knew each other at a deeper level than before. - Connor Warnock, Lead Engineer, Notable Labs
"Jared expertly led us through a series of improv exercises & games that unlocked creativity, spontaneity, & inspired teamwork. A fun experience!" - Neetal Parekh, CEO, Innov8Social
Donations Encouraged
Donations of $30 per person for this three hour workshop are encouraged but are optional.
This workshop usually costs $60+ per person. Donations enables us to continue offering these workshops to the community.
Donation Methods Accepted:- Donorbox:Donate Here- Venmo: @jaredpolivka- Cash
About the Teacher:
Jared PolivkaJared previously served thousands of students as Director of the School of Artificial Intelligence at Udacity. With a background in product, design thinking, developer evangelism, storytelling & improvisation, Jared has found that improv skills are incredibly useful in storytelling, relationships & in working at technology organizations dealing with uncertainty & rapid change. Jared currently serves at Donorbox & is an advisor for Artie.
Jared hascoached, facilitated & taught at Google, Netflix, StitchFix, Unity, Riot Games, Twitch, Uber, Lyft, Unity, Hakka Labs, Mode Analytics, eHarmony, Playstation, Twitter, Atlassian, Vevo, The League, Hive Global Leaders Program, Founders Embassy, DataCouncil, MLConf, PyLadies, PyData, Strata Hadoop World & more.Jared is a graduate ofBATS Improv Theatre. Jared studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre & Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Jared currently trains improv withThe GroundlingsandImpro Theatre. He trains acting withRichard Seyd.
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