Empathy and Logic in Effective Communication Through Applied Improvisation

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Empathy and Logic in Effective Communication Through Applied Improvisation


This workshop will explore the intersection of head and heart to reduce confusion, friction and misunderstanding.  The success of important ideas and information to produce and sustain learning and change turns on how effectively they are communicated. Emotional connection, the ability to sense and understand one another, and mental agility are essential to effective communication, especially in today's often intense and demanding social environments. There are remarkable tools for fine-tuning these skills available through Applied Improvisation, which build upon our existing toolkit, can be deployed in practice and are useful for clients and students to learn and apply in their lives.

Workshop objectives:

Identify the 5 core elements of effective communication;

Understand the intersection of empathy and logic in communicating ideas and information to others;

Learn techniques that strengthen the capacity to see and hear others more clearly;

Learn techniques that enhance understanding between people and can be deployed in practice with clients and students;

INSTRUCTOR: Richard Krysztoforski, MA is a professional development expert and internationally trained improviser who has extensive experience in Higher Ed. He has studied and performed at Upright Citizens Brigade (NY/LA), Magnet Theater (NY), Reckless Theatre (NY), IMPRO Amsterdam Festival, and ImproFest in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has worked with master instructors Anders Fors (Sweden/NY), Jason Geary (Australia), Jill Bernard (Minnesota), Felipe Ortiz (Columbia,) Daniel Orrantia (Columbia), and many more. In his professional development work, Richard looks to update classic professional development techniques through applied improvisation, placing particular emphasis on reducing the anxiety and fear that comes with career related exploration.  He is Program Chair of the 2019 Applied Improvisation Conference which will be held at Stonybrook University in partnership with the Alda Center For Communicating Science.

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