Working Out What You Want (Prospect Heights)
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.
Do you know that you have so much more to offer and either your age or the stereotype of “millennial” has got you pigeonholed? Or maybe you need some help figuring out what you want and how to work towards it? Have you tried to improv your way to figuring it out? 2017 is your year to get this going!
This three-hour intensive will use improv and presentation skill-based activities to work on career, networking and life goals. We’ll work to figure out a ‘want’ in one of these three areas (your choice!) and how to voice them - as well as how to work towards getting it.
We’ll polish presentation skills when you are trying to get what you want, as well as speaking skills in everyday conversation so your message doesn’t get lost. Everyone will leave with a personal or professional pitch developed during the class and coached by the facilitator.
(class size: 10, very interactive!)
Photo Policy: You will notice that our instructors take a few photos during class! We use these for social media and our own records. We will never post anything unflattering or embarrassing, but if you have an issue with your photo being taken, please let the instructor know.