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Playing the Part: Communicating Change With a Smile

May 17, 2013 @ 9:15 am - 12:15 pm

One of the most difficult aspects of messaging change is “playing the part”: convincing your staff that impending change will be manageable and positive even though you are just as scared as they are! Matt Elwell, CPLP (President and CEO, ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc.) will lead participants through a fun, interactive session that practices effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills around change. Key areas covered include: remaining relaxed, reading and responding to the body language of listeners, and facing surprising pushback and questions with a smile. Based in the training techniques of improvisational theater, participants will be encouraged to join in the light physical activity of improv games: walking, moving around, using hand gestures, making noise, etc. (You know! All the things you’re not supposed to do in a library!)

Presenter Bio:
Matt Elwell has been teaching improvisation to actors, improvisers, business people, educators, and students for over 10 years. He has designed and delivered live improv-based trainings all over the country and in portions of the Philippines. As a performer, Matt has appeared with ComedySportz, Second City Theatricals, GayCo, WNEP, IO and Dave & Co, and taught as an Associate Faculty Member of the Second City Training Center in Chicago. Matt is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance through the American Society for Training and Development. Matt has been improvising with ComedySportz in Chicago since 2000 and became its President and CEO in 2010.

Meeting and Program Agenda:
9:15 – Coffee and Conversation
9:45 – Business Meeting – Election of Board Members
10:00 – Program, Tour of Facility & Questions, Comments
12:15 – Optional – Lunch/Conversation (Panera Boxed Lunch served at the Tinley Park Public Library)

To reserve your seat, please use the attached registration form. Checks are payable to LACONI.

LACONI Member Fee: $15 ($25 if having lunch)
Non-Member Fee: $25 ($35 if having lunch)



May 17, 2013
9:15 am - 12:15 pm
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Tinley Park Public Library
7851 Timber Drive
Tinley Park, IL, IL 60477 United States
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