Improvisational Thinking: Building Solutions “in the moment”

  • May 07, 2015
  • 5:30 PM
  • UNM Continuing Education, North Bldg. Room C; 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131


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Improvisational Thinking: Building Solutions “in the moment”

Presented by Jennie Ayers


This presentation is an introduction to improvisational thinking and blends conceptual and experiential learning to uncover how to use improvisation effectively in business. Improvisation helps prepare you for the unexpected, when the challenges you’ll face depend less on what you know and more on how you think. During this session, we will:

  • Take a look at the latest brain research and how we can help the brain reclaim its agility.
  • Uncover what one thing you think your brain can do…that it can’t.
  • Explore “Yes and”, the golden rule of improvisation which helps build trust and collaboration.
  • Identify the difference between “listening to reply” and “listening to understand” – discover your own awareness skills
  • Learn how to choose the right improv exercises to use in your own work and how to link them to real work situations.

As Malcolm Gladwell says in his book, “blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking”, “Improvisation is a wonderful example of the kind of thinking ‘blink’ is about. Improvisation involves people making very sophisticated decisions in the spur of the moment.”

About the speaker:

Jennie Ayers, senior partner with BoldWork, is an experienced and certified coach specializing in building more effective influence, communication and leadership skills, while focusing on creating and sustaining healthy work environments. Much of her work focuses on issues relative to how we engage with others and alter our behavior to positively impact interpersonal effectiveness. Prior to coaching, Jennie spent nearly 20 years in the trenches as a TV comedy writer, including two years writing for comic Jeff Foxworthy. She’s the author of “An Improv State of Mind”, a field guide which helps individuals and teams build trust and hone skills in collaboration, creativity, communication and problem solving. She is also a trained HealthRHYTHMS™ facilitator, a fascinating, cutting-edge protocol developed by neurobiologist Dr. Barry Bittman. It blends biology and performance in a research-based protocol that focuses on the health, wellness and team building benefits of group drumming.

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