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January 15, 2020

MPI WestField January Educational Event: Improv Thinking for Meeting Professionals: Techniques, Tips and Tactics Borrowed from Improv Theater
January 15, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Quattro Pazzi of Stamford
269 Bedford Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Monthly Meeting



5:30pm -6:30pm Registration, Networking and Dinner
6:45pm – 8:00pm Presentation
8pm – 8:30pm Dessert and Networking


Improv Thinking for Meeting Professionals: Techniques, Tips and Tactics Borrowed from Improv Theater

Meeting professionals need to be nimble, attentive, confident and creative these days in order to personally thrive while positively relating to others. Interestingly, the same is true of Improv Theater performers. In fact, the skills that make improvisers so successful are the same ones that make us non-performers successful, both personally and professionally.
In this entertaining, informative and immediately applicable program we’ll go behind the curtain and into the mindset of improvisers and leave with ways to be more confident, spontaneous, and balanced people.
Improv theater practices are deceptively powerful tools that help maintain mental and emotional equilibrium. These practices allow participants to safely enter and embrace the unknown, relate to others without assumption or judgment and exist in a state of absolute and unconditional acceptance of what is offered. This mindset helps us to expand our comfort zone, relate to others in a cooperative way, confidently accept reality, learn to act on things we can control and let go of things we cannot control, and enjoy and value working with others.

Learner Objectives:
1. Apply the Improv mindset to strengthen your ability to “Listen, Listen, Listen”
2. Describe your own behavior around your perceived limitations
3. Apply a tactic to disagree without becoming argumentative
4. Facilitate processes to enable groups to discuss and deal with challenging issues
5. Employ a practice to become more comfortable with change, more open to new ideas and less risk averse


Izzy Gesell

Izzy Gesell is an organizational alchemist who helps individuals and organizations transform their thinking from commonplace to extraordinary. Through his keynotes, trainings, coaching and facilitated sessions, Izzy offers imaginative, intuitive and immediately useful insights and programs. He is skilled at delivering meaningful material in a way that makes participants enjoy their time with him.
Izzy was one of the first to use Improv Theater concepts as tools for personal and organizational learning. He is the author of Playing Along: 37 Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisation Theater, the author of The Resilient Caregiver: The Importance of Humor & Play for Caregivers and a co-author of Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.

His has authored 3 video courses on LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com): “Essentials of Team Building”, “Humor in the Workplace”, & “Leading with Applied Improv.”
Recognized by his peers, he has earned a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. Less than 15% of NSA’s 4,000 members are CSPs
A former stand –up comedian and public school teacher, Izzy was raised in Brooklyn NY where commonplace thinking was frowned upon. He has earned a BA in Psychology, an MS in Education and a P…. that’s 1/3 of a PhD and now lives in Western Massachusetts.

Bob Korin

Bob has over thirty plus years in the hotel business, is a frequent facilitator at industry events and in recent years has a new passion for performing Improv, like you see on TV’s Whose Line is It Anyway .
Bob was with the Marriott chain for over twenty years where he managed several of the company’s major Global Accounts and for the past twelve years he has been loving his role of promoting one of the top meeting and incentive destinations in the world, the Hawaiian Islands as Director of National Accounts for Hilton Hawaii. Bob is a proud, two time winner of Hilton’s highest Sales recognition award known as Circle of Excellence.
In addition to his day job, he has been performing Improv with local groups in Connecticut and New York and has developed this Improv workshop with Izzy as a way to contribute to our industry through a unique communication skill builder for meeting professionals.


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