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How to Think on Your Feet: Improv Skills for Business

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Use Improvisation Techniques to Exude Confidence

Would you like to become more adept at sharing your ideas on the spot? This 90-minute webinar offers you practical tips and techniques to build your “improv muscle.”

You’ll discover ways to deliver a polished performance even in high-stakes situations, such as important business meetings, sales discussions, and negotiations – where you need to shine when faced with the unexpected.

Listening actively, saying “yes-and,” and making confident choices are all key components. So is increasing your awareness of the underlying messages — both verbal and non-verbal — that are a part of any communication.

No need to be “fast on your feet” or “funny.” Instead, you will enhance your ability to pick up cues, speak effectively, and build on others’ comments. By trusting that you’ll know what to say and do, you will enrich your relationships and polish your personal brand.

Whether you identify as an introvert, speak English as a second language, or just wish to fortify your interpersonal skills, practicing these techniques will help you even in the most challenging business scenarios.

After 90 minutes, you'll possess a set of tools to meet the challenge when you face the unexpected.


We have 1 webinar(s) available starting between 10/31/2017 - 10/31/2017

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For assistance registering more than 4  people, please call 1-877-566-9441.

What You Will Learn

  • The concept of “yes-and” and why it is so empowering 
  • How to avoid “blocking” and using negative language that shuts down conversations
  • How an ordinary idea can be easily transformed into a brilliant one
  • How to answer tough questions on the spot – even if you can’t respond with “perfect answers”
  • Why you will seem more genuine if you don’t plan every word you are going to say
  • Techniques to use your body and your surroundings to buy time when asked challenging questions
  • How to connect in a way that is meaningful to your managers and colleagues.

How You Will Benefit

After completing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Speak with confidence, even in pressure situations
  • Respond to difficult or unexpected questions 
  • Listen beyond words
  • Quickly and confidently use others’ comments as a springboard 
  • Communicate and connect with ease
  • Handle criticism more adeptly on the spot

How Do AMA Webinars Work?

AMA Webinars provide you with a cost-effective and convenient way to boost your know-how. You can participate in the comfort of your office without the need for travel costs and time.

Because the webinar is live, you can ask our expert questions via online chat during the program. In addition, we will be sending you pre-work approximately one day before the program date via email. Please register early to get these materials that will help guide your learning process!

In addition, paid registrants will have a single-user license to access a recorded archive of the program for a full year, allowing you to revisit the material to refresh your memory and reinforce your skills.

Please note that AMA Webinars are designed to provide a one-to-one learning experience for an individual and are not designed to be viewed in a group setting. Program access is available only via the MYAMA account of the registered attendee.

This particular webinar does not offer continuing education credits.

About the Presenters

Nancy Ancowitz is the author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®. As a presentation and career coach, she  helps clients—introverts and extroverts alike—with vital career-building and leadership skills. She previously served as a marketing vice president at JP Morgan Chase & Co., and before that she was with Citibank, where she received an outstanding achievement award for her innovations in creating proposals for international clients. A blogger for Psychology Today and Salary.com, her work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, WABC-TV, 1010 WINS radio, and CIO, Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day, and O, The Oprah Magazine. For more information, visit http://www.nancyancowitz.com and at www.selfpromotionforintroverts.com

Carl Kissin is a New York City-based improv master and teacher. He has performed more than 4,000 shows for the renowned improv comedy troupe Chicago City Limits. In the realm of business, he has taught improv team-building workshops to dozens of Fortune 500 companies around the world. Carl is a 3-time winner of the Manhattan Monologue slam. In addition, he has written two award-winning musicals and performed his own material on The Joan Rivers Show and The Today Show, and acted at the Public Theatre in Eric Bogosian's play Talk Radio as well as in Oliver Stone's movie version. For more information, visit www.KissinImprov.com.

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Technical Requirements

https://event.on24.com/view/help/ehelp.htmlTo fully participate in this electronic, interactive and live session, please check your system (or ask your IT department) to ensure it meets the following requirements:

Supported OS, Browser and Additional Requirements

  • Windows 7+ (Microsoft Edge, Latest Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome)
  • Apple Mac OS 10.9+ (*Latest Firefox, Safari, or Chrome)
  • Ubuntu Linux (Firefox only)
  • Android 4.x (Chrome Browser Only)
  • Apple iOs (*Latest version, Safari Browser Only)

* Official support for the "latest" version of a newly released browser, among those noted above, will be added within 8 weeks of public release. Until then, the previous version will continue to be supported instead.

If you are using an unsupported version of a Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system, you may experience difficulty in viewing and/or listening to the event.

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The audio portion of this AMA web event will be delivered directly through your computer’s speakers or attached headphones. To fully participate in this electronic, interactive, live session, please test your system and review the requirements (or ask your IT department) before the program begins:


Additional Requirements:

  • Minimum bandwidth requirement is 512 kbps for meeting attendees
  • In order to access the event, your computer must have cookies and JavaScript enabled. If your operating system currently does not have cookies or JavaScript enabled, contact your network administrator.
  • POP-UP Blockers must be turned off to access the program.

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Important tip - Please allow 15 minutes prior to joining a session to conduct your set-up and testing!