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written by Allison Rosa
Improving Presentation Skills Through Improv With Jennifer Oleniczak Brown
Jen Brown of The Engaging Educator outlines how practicing improv leads to heightened presentation skills.
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In this video clip, Jennifer Oleniczak Brown, founder and artistic director of The Engaging Educator, shares how improv can help you improve your presentation skills. Improv improves your confidence because you are throwing yourself into situations and making yourself feel foolish. This helps you realize that it’s okay to make mistakes and move on. The idea that you’re practicing while everyone else is practicing allows you to be a voyeur in conversations and identify awkward moments that you can adjust.
You become a lot faster on your feet because you’re dealing with these crazy situations in class in a safe space.”
More about our expert: Jen Brown (Oleniczak) is the founder and artistic director of The Engaging Educator. Through EE, her pedagogical approach of improv as continuing education has reached thousands of people – all non-actors! – with the awesomeness that is improv.
Before starting EE, she was an actor in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York. After a few too many waitressing gigs, she found herself at the City College of New York getting a degree in art history and working in museums as a museum educator. She realized the field lacked the “how you say it” training and boom – The Engaging Educator was born.
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