Improv for Professionals - Windsor Terrace
Taught by Olive Persimmon of The Engaging Educator
OLIVE B. PERSIMMON is a writer, speaker, and trainer. She passionately believes that strong communication skills can improve an individual’s personal and professional life. It is with immense gratitude that she’s able to share her passion by coaching professionals who want to become powerful storytellers, speakers, and leaders.
Olive graduated with a degree in International Politics from Kent State University. After a short-lived idea to become a politician, Olive realized she was drawn to politics for the opportunities to speak, share ideas, and engage an audience. After working for a nonprofit for several years, she found her way to the coaching arena. She started her career with one of the top training firms in NYC before deciding to leave corporate america. She loves helping clients learn how to express their ideas confidently and clearly. When she’s not training, she is a member of Humorous Toastmasters and actively speaks in NYC. She’s given speeches at the NYC Salon, coached corporate professionals, and emceed a TEDx talk.
Olive spends her free time thinking about new speeches, working on her second comedy novel, performing spoken word, and writing handwritten letters to old friends.
Realizing the connection between improvisation and communication, The Engaging Educator (@TheEngagingEd), specializes in customized improv-based education. We provide classes that enhance public speaking, creativity, flexibility, positive risk-taking, teamwork and more by flexing improv muscles. Beyond our classes for educators and professionals, we also specialize in improv for high school students, corporate workshops, and improv for individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as individuals with cerebral palsy.
Improvisation is not just something for actors and comedians. MBA Students are being asked to take improv classes. Why? The answer is the same reason why professionals and educators should be trained: the root is in communication. Even the basic improv principle of “yes, and” is the essential idea behind inquiry.
In the US, public speaking is feared more than death. The reality is we all have to do it - and there is a difference between doing it and doing it well. So how do we get over it? We improvise! Improv is rooted in communication - listening, responding, focus, attention, flexibility - all of these skills are flexed in good improv. And we all need it - remember the Michael Bay Samsung breakdown? (Google it if you don’t!) Flexibility and the ability to “roll with it” are skills that can be taught, and an essential in public speaking.
But maybe you just want to work on your communication skills. Maybe you’ve always been curious about improv. Maybe you just want a fun night of class - improv helps you improve in all areas of your life - the worst that happens is you spend a night laughing a lot!