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Think improv is all about being funny and clever? Think again! Develop essential skills, improve your professional and personal relationships, and have fun in a custom-built, out-of-the-box workshop. My customized improvisation workshops are ideal for professional teams, leadership development, executive presence, and individual professionals. Workshops I’ve delivered include:
Improvisation for Leaders
Improvisation for Executives
Improvisation for Coaches
Improvisation for EAGALA Practitioners
Participants will learn and practice improvisation concepts and exercises that will enhance key skills, while having fun and building team rapport and cohesion.
See what past participants have to say about improvisation workshops with Carrie!
In your custom-designed interactive and experiential workshop, you will learn to:
- Become more comfortable and adept at thinking on your feet
- Create and perform in the moment
- Stay present
- Feel more confident
- Silence your inner critic
- Make decisions more easily
- Adapt to and manage change flexibly
- Access your innate creativity
- Release the need for control and let go of the picture you had in your mind
- Listen well
- Build trust
- Collaborate effectively
- See possibility in all “offers” from others
- Improve communication in relationships and teams
Your work calls for constant improvisation and on-the-spot communication:
- “When I have a really great work opportunity, I get so tied up in the need to perform, impress, and secure the gig that I end up stuck in my head and not truly present or connected with the client.”
- “My plans keep getting derailed. With all the curveballs that come my way, I can’t get anything off the ground. So I get discouraged and I just stay stuck.”
- “Lately, my partner and I just can’t seem to communicate. We talk, but we don’t really hear each other.”
- “Whenever I have to speak to a group, I dread it. The presentation part is okay, but the question-and-answer part is terrifying!”
- “When something takes me off-guard I get scared and defensive. I can’t listen anymore. I feel like I have to fight for myself and my point of view. I know I’m shutting people down, but I don’t know how to stop.”
- “I get so tongue-tied on dates. I don’t know what to say and I get so caught up in trying to be interesting that I sometimes even lose track of what we’re talking about!”
- “Today my boss sprang a new project on me out of the blue and I felt totally unprepared! I’m on a tight deadline and this project is not in my area of expertise.”
- “I know vulnerability is supposed to be super-important, but when it comes down to it, I can’t stand it. I want to be in control.”
We live and work in a world of constant change. Improvisation skills can help us “get in the game” and play full out—even as the game changes! Most people think improv is a skill you’re born with or not. The truth is that you improvise every single day—whether or not you are aware of it—and the skills of improvisation can be learned and practiced.
Whether you and your team are seeking growth as communicators, leaders, service professionals, partners, parents, creative developers…and the list goes on, improvisation is a highly effective way to develop skills such as listening, change management, and presence.
Your customized workshop will be personally designed and led by me, Carrie Spaulding, a Professional Certified Coach and professional improviser with 17 years of experience performing, teaching, and directing improvisation professionally.
Email me to discuss a powerful program for your group!
“While attending the International Coach Federation (ICF) conference in Washington, DC, in August 2017, I had the pleasure of hearing Carrie speak. She captured our attention right out the gate. The audience was on edge of their seats, not quite sure what was next. Carrie went on to show what it is really like to “dance in the moment” with ourselves as well as our clients. She spoke with clarity and focus. She demonstrated great respect for all her participants. She conducted several large group activities highly effectively, which would have seemed impossible. She had people laughing, learning, engaging, hugging, some on the verge of tears as they learned. In my view Carrie Spaulding was the star of the whole ICF meeting for me personally because her teaching style and inclusiveness speckled with humor and moments of seriousness that made the experience totally engaging and elevating. You won’t find a better speaker on coaching issues than Carrie. She is truly a treasure!” –Cliff Walters, MD, MBA, ACC
“Carrie’s session at the ICF Converge 2017 Conference on ‘Improvisation for coaches’ blew me away! What a refreshing experience to show up—tired! —for the 4th or 5th session of the day and have a presenter (a “thirtysomething” in front of a room filled with seasoned coaches from around the world!) say NOTHING at first but manage to absolutely quiet the room and rivet her audience! The entire session was mostly experiential, and extreme fun and learning through improv: our improvisation exercises were challenging, exciting, and oh so filled with learnings! Carrie was also masterful at debriefing each exercise in a dynamic, engaging, and controlled way which led to amazing ‘AHA’ moments in the audience, and a great sense of belonging and camaraderie. She drove home some essential coaching points by leading her audience through powerful experiences. The room was brimming with excitement, and people left energized … and changed. Thank you Carrie!”
–Pascale Brady, PCC
“Improvisation for Coaches” is one workshop I would never choose to attend. It’s not for me. I like to be in control and definitely don’t want to look foolish in front of others. No, I’m not an “improv” person. Yet, I had to attend Carrie Spaulding’s workshop. I’m our ICF chapter program chair this year. I organized the workshop. I have to introduce Carrie. And, she seems great – a PCC coach, very personable and engaging, high energy with a passion for what improvisation can do for coaches. She really believes that improv can improve communication and build trust for everyone.
So I showed up and in 90 minutes, improv changed my life. “Yes, and” gave me a new way to approach clients, family and friends. Carrie Spaulding is a gift. She puts you at ease, makes you feel safe to step out of your comfort zone and then asks you to trust the process and play. The exercises are simple yet powerful. I was amazed at how quickly the improv exercises helped my partners and I connect. We surprised ourselves. Within moments, we were trusting each other and really listening. Isn’t that what we hope for our clients? By the end of the workshop, I had decided that 90 minutes wasn’t enough time to practice my new improv skills. We need her back for a half day program. Yes, I’m now an improv believer and a Carrie Spaulding fan!” –Kelly Best, MBA, CPC
“I thought yours was one of the best sessions during the conference. It was engaging and fun, and you definitely created a learning environment. From my perspective, learning occurred in 3 ways: when you were sharing improv concepts, when we were trying out the activities, and during the debriefs with the participants. It was such a great experience that I’ve recommended it for the next conference. Thank you!”
–Linda Miller, MCC
“Carrie is amazing! Her lessons, timing, delivery, and application is spot on and applicable to all levels of supervision and management. Life lessons with meaningful use at all levels of your organization.” –Matthew Smolecki, AbD, MBA, CPP; Director of Learning, Development & Safety
“Loved the energy, loved the focus, loved the improv. You have to hear Carrie.” –Peter James, PhD, ACC, President Elect, ICF-Chicago
“I attended Carrie Spaulding’s Improvisation for Coaches at the 2017 ICF Converge Conference. Out of all of the sessions I attended, this one was personally inspiring for me! Carrie’s presentation was engaging, thought-provoking, educational, and fun. The exercises helped participants get out of their head, listen to others, and be present in the moment. The rapport developed between exercise partners after a few short minutes was amazing. I feel energized from this session and looking forward to putting these techniques into practice!”
–Amy Gamblin, ACC
“Despite the fact that the room was standing room only, Carrie managed to fully engage each participant. There was just the right combination of presentation and hands-on experience. We laughed a lot, and walked out feeling uplifted, feeling lighter, and certainly ready to try the exercises with our clients. The handout was also very useful – providing lots of detailed instructions on how to use improv when working with individuals and groups. Carrie is a talented performer, educator, and entertainer with lots of humility and compassion, and I would definitely recommend her for audiences of any size and level of experience with theater.” – Julia Karpeisky, PCC
“Coaching has a lot of improvisation! A coach must be fully present and act in THE moment. Surprising the client is crucial, and it means being able to act in a creative way. At ICF Converge 2017, Carrie Spaulding made the participants aware about the value and the process/tools of improvisation. She showed us that improvisation is not abstract. It is an original response to the situation, the person and the context we are coaching. It will activate the client’s mind in a very positive way, enabling him/her to achieve new perspectives. Her joy, energy and capacity of communication is amazing, as she can really make us experience the power of improvisation, inspiring us to develop it and use it during our coaching sessions. Thank you, Carrie, for your knowledge and experience with this powerful tool. Your wonderful capacity to engage the audience and make us learn what improvisation is and how to use it has a huge value. I am grateful to you!”
–Ana Teresa Penim, PCC
“I attended Carrie’s session on ‘Improvisation for Coaches’ at the ICF Converge17 conference. What an amazing session. The room was packed and everyone was riveted to her wonderful presentation. The interaction was so much fun. She had us all laughing and with the exercises, really thinking hard about how to incorporate these techniques into our coaching. Amazing and powerful!”
–Bryan Nadeau, ACC
“Such a bright spirit—a butterfly connecting the world with your work and travels.” –Vicki Escudé, MCC
“I attended an incredible session at the International Coaching Federation Converge Conference in Washington a few months ago. The speaker’s name was Carrie Spaulding, and her talk was entitled Improvisation for Coaches, although it could really be called Improvisation for Leaders. It was fantastic! Carrie is a performing improviser, and during the session she taught improv techniques to take us out of our comfort zones and build better interpersonal communication. The session was filled with laughter, and was one of the best leadership talks I have attended at a conference in a very long time. In fact, I think this session alone was worth the price I paid for admission to the conference! The amount of energy, enthusiasm, and just plain fun that Carrie brought to the group really left a lasting impression.” –Scott A. Moore, ACC, CAM
“This was so much fun. Every activity opened new awarenesses for me. I am excited to use what I learned today in my coaching—and with my family!” –Patty Blinderman, PCC
“Carrie Spaulding rocks! I attended her workshop at ICF Converge, an international coaching conference, and her session was my favorite! She is a dynamic, well-spoken and authentic presenter who has an innate ability to connect with her audience. The content of her workshop was accessible, fun and immediately useful. I can easily see why organizations would benefit from the improvisation techniques Carrie shares, and I can’t think of a better resource for those tools than Carrie herself.” –Debby Stone, PCC
“I attended one of Carrie’s sessions and it was outstanding. While I participated in a lot of improv classes years ago, Carrie was able to show in a fun, concise manner, how to bring improv to my coaching practice. She also reminded me of some great exercises to try with clients. She is an outstanding presenter and makes the daunting subject of improv both accessible and easy to practice for both professionals and novices. Her class is great for anyone who works with individuals 1:1 or leads a group of any size.” –Sara Rutstein, MBA, ACC, CPCC
“Exceeded my hopes and expectations…the team is still talking about it a year later, using it when something unexpected gets handed to them.” –hiring consultant for corporate retreat
“It was a great energy shift for me and the group. As a presenter, it was clear to me you are comfortable, relaxed and had complete knowledge of the topic. I can see the value of using it to create cooperation for employees. It was really ‘Fabulous’!” –coach
“I learned that if you “accept” people’s points of view even if you don’t agree with them, you can have a productive conversation/debate. If you don’t accept, then walls go up, and either nothing gets done or only one person’s point of view is heard.” –non-coach workshop participant
“I thought the content was awesome! Thank you for introducing me to a new concept and a new tool to put in my “tool belt”!! So prepared and so attentive to the class. Great front of the room presence! Engaging and enthusiastic about the subject matter! Left me wanting more!” – coach
“It was a really powerful experience for me. This exercise helped me let go of my ego. It means letting go of your own agenda and being in a truly cooperative space. It hijacks that cognitive planful part of your brain and you have to just play. It was freeing and calming. It puts you in your flow state in a way that’s hard to access. It’s amazing that there’s an exercise that can get you to that place. It’s crazy how quick the effect is. I found it transformative.” –one-on-one exercise participant