Improv for Technologists - You are a Storyteller, Galvanize - San Francisco, Monday, 20. May 2019

I'll tell you a secret...YOU ARE A STORYTELLER
You might not have realized it yet, but leveling up your career can be accelerated by learning to communicate more effectively by becoming a better is an on-your feet workshop. You will play games, do fun storytelling exercises and 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 and many other publications have  written about how improv training is amazing business and startup training. But what’s the deal? How does improv help technology workers?Improv helps people:

Listen and be present
Be better communicators
Tap into creativity
Relieve anxiety/stress and release tension
Celebrate making mistakes and be more resilient
Gracefully deal with uncertainty
Make your partners look good and 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 and flexible to ideas instead of closed off.
Be more comfortable going off-script (i.e. improvising) during presentations, in Q&A, and in life.
Take the focus off yourself and serve your audience by “being interested, instead of being interesting”
Use “yes and” thinking to collaborate more creatively and effectively with your team
Take care of your teammates and 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! Past workshop paticipants have included: 

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

Class Agenda:

6:30 - 7 pm: meet and greet and announcements
7 pm - 8 pm: joyful storytelling games to warm up spontaneity, ignite our imaginations, practice being kind to ourselves and 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 and do group scenes, mock job interviews, improvised presentations and 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 6:20 and 6:45 pm. We're beginning class at 7 pm.
What to Bring

A full water bottle
A notebook and 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 and that you can move in.
Our Mission:

Spread the joy of improv to underrepresented groups and to people who haven't had the opportunity to explore who they are and 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 and tools to sharpen storytelling skills, build confidence and build resilience

“I had a lovely time doing improv with Jared! I felt so relaxed and happy afterwards. I feel like my neurons have been firing differently since. Improv play and improv thinking is helpful to me as a product manager.” - Adrienne Tran, Product Manager, Tesla
“ Jared has a knack for bringing people together and establishing a safe environment to take creative risks, to embrace failure and learning. His exercises left our team with greater trust, empathy and 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 and games that unlocked creativity, spontaneity, and inspired teamwork. A fun experience!" - Neetal Parekh, CEO, Innov8Social
Donations Encouraged
Donations of $30 per person (or more) for this three hour workshop are encouraged.
This workshop usually costs $60+ per person. Donations enables us to continue offering these workshops to our community.
Donation Methods Accepted:- Donorbox: Venmo: @jaredpolivka- Cash
About the Teachers: Jared and Erica
Jared PolivkaJared previously served thousands of students around the world as Director of the School of Artificial Intelligence at With a background in product, design thinking, developer evangelism, storytelling and improvisation, Jared has found that improv skills are incredibly useful in storytelling, personal life and in working at technology organizations dealing with uncertainty and rapid change.
Jared is a graduate of BATS Improv. Jared studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Jared currently trains improv with Tim Orr and acting with Richard Seyd.
Jared helps technology teams realize their potential regardless of role (from founders to PMs to data scientists to salespeople to marketers) by coaching / facilitating and teaching. Jared has worked with 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 and more.
Passionate about the data community, Jared volunteers for, co-organized SF Data Science, created the Data Minds podcast and co-organized the Kaizen Data Conference.
Erica AndersonNaturally curious and a bit zany. Erica was born and raised, passionate about acting. Erica’s passion for acting, transitioned into a mutual love for improv and producing comedic YouTube videos, during, her mid-twenties life crisis.
Erica is a graduate of BATS improv and Upright Citizen Brigade; and trains weekly with, improvisor, Tim Orr. Erica is involved in an all-women’s improv troupe - Smarty Pants. Erica is deeply inspired to spread the joy of improv to help others discover the masterful storyteller that they are.

Monday, 20. May 2019, Galvanize - San Francisco, Improv for Technologists - You are a Storyteller

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