Travis Thomas is a published author, national speaker, performance coach & trainer, and a nationally performing improv-comedian. He took his first improv class at age 25. As Creator of the company, Live Yes and, Travis works with teams, from non-profit to Fortune 500 corporations, inspiring them to see how a ‘YES AND’ mindset can be transformative. He also is a founding member of the Jove Improvisation, a professional improv troupe based in Palm Beach FL. On this episode of Improvisationally Speaking, Travis shares his life story, and the power of Improvisationally thinking.
Mark Chenovick, executive director of the Second Story Repertory Theater in Redmond, WA took a folding theater company with $107,000 of debt, and turned it into a prolific and profitable theater. The journey was the both most difficult and the most rewarding professional undertaking for him. Learn how sticking with the improvisation principles of Yes And, and positive thinking/action gave him the energy, inspiration and business savvy to accomplish the unimaginable.
Ben Kurland is Co-Founder of BillFixers, LLC. Ben and his team are expert negotiators and improvisers who work on behalf of consumers to lower their bills by calling customer service reps at Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Dish Network, and other companies (that EVERYBODY loves to talk to..) finding promotional rates, customer loyalty discounts, special packages, and additional credits to get his customers the lowest bill possible. What has thousands of phone hours on the customer service lines of these companies taught this fearless team of bill fixers about improvisation?
Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, founder of Roses In Concrete, a community school that serves black and Hispanic, inner-city youth in Oakland CA, giving them an educational opportunity that rivals it's wealthy suburban private school counterparts. With classes in dance, music performance and arrangement, and athletics, in addition to the core curriculum. Jeff is a national keynote speaker and his council is requested by education departments across the country who are trying to build a more just, equitable education system for all.
Seattle City Council Member, Mike O'Brien has a tough but rewarding job. As a council member, it is his job to serve his constituency and to do what he knows is right. But sometimes doing both of these at the same time is impossible. How does he communicate effectively and effect the kind of change he is charged to bring to the city of Seattle while being under the microscope of the public eye? This discussion reveals some of Mike O'Brien's methods, and they are surprisingly based on the principles of improvisation.
This week we're talking about the role improv plays in Capitol Hill politics with Washington DC Lobbyist & Signer-Songwriter, Tessa Frost.
Today we're interviewing Gorilla Marketer, Blogger, Improvisor and World-Traveler: Nicoletta Crisponi who is currently in Nepal, on a one-year journey around the world. As a single woman in foreign lands, Nicoletta (Nicky) has to improvise every day. Nicky talks about how a prepared but open-to-anything mindset is just as important when traveling in a foreign country as when creating a first-of-its-kind marketing campaign or embarking upon a new career.
For our first episode, we’re talking about the role of improvisation in creating extraordinary life-work, the kind that changes the world for thousands of people. Our guest is Chris Schembra, founder of the 747 Club in New York City.