Alumni Workshop in London

18:30 - 21:00
Ryan Offutt
The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS
Who can attend:
University of Leeds Alumni

Photos from the event can be viewed on the Business School Flickr page

Ryan Offutt
Organizational Psychologist
Leeds University Business School

Improvisation for Business

What does improvisation have to do with business? A lot. We are always improvising at work – leading a meeting when your presentation slides fail to load, being invited to make a surprise pitch without any notice, responding to a surprising ‘no’ that disrupts your plans.

On-your-feet creativity, empathy, building rapport and resilience in disappointment – these skills are invaluable in business. Improvisers master these same skills through interactive exercises that develop collaboration, skilled listening, adaptability and spontaneity. The same skills that improvisers use to delight on the stage can increase your confidence, reduce your stress, help you build rapport and adapt when things go wrong. 

In this highly interactive introduction to improvisation for business you will learn:

  • How to have better conversations and build rapport
  • Tips on how to manage nerves and ‘butterflies’ in public situations
  • How to be a great listener, and how listening like an improviser can transform your career

You will have the opportunity to meet fellow Leeds alumni in a fun, relaxed environment.

Event format

6.30pm Registration in the Conversation Room
7.00pm Interactive workshop in the Conversation Room
8.00pm Networking and refreshments on the Mezzanine
9.00pm Close

About the speaker

Ryan is a teacher who mixes behaviour science insights with exercises from improv theatre to help people transform how they work.

Ryan Offutt, Researcher, Leeds University Business School teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Leeds University Business School and Leeds University Medical School. Ryan also delivers communication and team training to a variety of public and private organisations including the NHS.

Ryan is creative director of KIT Improv Theatre in Sheffield, where he has delivered over 300 improv training workshops. Ryan has an MSc in Occupational Psychology from The University of Sheffield.

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