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LIVE Webinar: Increasing Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity in Teams: Psychology of Improv
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When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
7 - 8 PM
Where: LIVE Webinar | Zoom Platform
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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1 CE

Important Notes:

  • This is a LIVE webinar and will NOT be recorded. 
  • Participants will be required to complete an online evaluation form and CE Quiz following the webinar. Attendees must receive an 80% or higher on the quiz to receive CE credit.
  • Attendance will be taken at the beginning and end of the session. 

Registration Information:

Registration deadline is June 8, 2020... Save $10 by registering on or before May 29, 2020 with the Early Bird Discount!

OPA Member Fee: $35 | OPA Student Member Fee: $20 | Non-OPA Member Fee: $50  


Instructions to Join the Online Forum:

Once the registration process is complete, you will receive instructions on how to join the call.

Attendees are required to view the webinar through the online Zoom platform via a computer or tablet. Phone only access will not be allowed as attendees will need to be able to see the presenters' slides as well as participate in experiential exercises.



Program Description:
Increasingly, improvisational concepts and techniques are being applied to improve team effectiveness in organizations. This workshop blends didactic presentations, structured experiential exercises, and discussion to explore and demonstrate how improvisation can increase collaboration, communication, and creativity in teams. Embracing and demonstrating the use of “Yes, and” will be a core feature of the program. “Yes, and” is a foundational principle of Improv comedy that can be used to build empathy, facilitate two-way dialogue, and encourage collaboration among team members. A prime focus of “Yes and” is: a) respecting and supporting ideas provided by team members or b) approaching a problem as presented, then working together to build toward a solution. Yes, and… is can be used as an antidote to “Yes, but” thinking and communications in organizations.

Supplemental Resources: Support, collaborate & innovate: 9 suggestions for building great teams

Learning Level: All

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe four benefits to embracing and applying a “Yes, and” approach to improve team effectiveness,
  2. Demonstrate two exercises which support being present and improving communication by supporting focus on the here and now, 
  3. Explain three benefits of applying improvisational techniques and concepts to increase collaboration, communication, and creativity in teams, and 
  4. Identify two similarities between applied improvisation exercises/techniques and positive psychology and cognitive behavioral approaches when consulting with individuals and organizations.

About the Speaker:

Steve Gravenkemper, PhD is a consulting psychologist, who has over two decades of experience in consulting with teams and organizations. Steve is a past president of the Society of Consulting Psychology. Current areas of focus include team effectiveness, succession planning, employee engagement, culture change, talent assessment, next generation leaders, and leadership development. On a personal note, Steve became “hooked on Improv” while taking classes in Detroit, Chicago, and Columbus. Steve performs locally with the Improv troupe, Fincht. Steve offers the disclaimer that while he has had a great deal of fun with Improv, he still doesn’t see himself as being that “funny”. He does have a firm belief that there are multiple applications of improvisation that directly apply to organizational and team effectiveness.

Key Literary References:

  • Alda, A. (2017). If I understood you, would I have this look on my face?: My adventures in the art and science of communicating. Random House: New York, New York. Leonard, K. &

  • Yorton, K. (2015). Yes, and: Lessons from The Second City. Harper Collins: New York, New

  • York. Schinko-Fishl, S. (2019). Applied improvisation for coaches and leaders: A practical guide for creative collaboration. Routledge: New York, New York.


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