Western Carolinas Monthly Program: Yes, And! Improve Your Coaching Skills with Improv

When: 06/04/2021 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Every encounter with a client, coworker, manager or subordinate is improvised to some degree. And in our rapidly changing work environments, research has shown that embracing technology and tolerating distractions has decreased our ability to show empathy. But all is not lost! Based on improvisational theater techniques which rely on unscripted, spontaneous, and authentic interactions, this hands-on presentation strengthens skills to enable participants to become more effective communicators, improve adaptability, and experiment with new approaches to reach coaching goals. 

Learning Objectives:
Deepen listening skills, improve presence, and nonverbal communication skills;
Elevate their ability to create and foster collaboration;
Increase comfort levels with uncertainty and change.

Cultivate Your Power, Poise, and Presence Through Your Professional Communication Skills  
Every day we have opportunities to positively impact others through our voice. Speaking effectively is a skill, not a talent, and understanding the neuroscience behind what we say and how we say it can impact how we interactive with others. With guidance, one can learn how to quiet their inner critic, boost one's confidence, be heard, influence others, and take charge of their career.  In this interactive workshop, participants will:

* Describe the neuroscience behind setting the stage for trust and partnering in relationships and minimizing fear and one's inner critic.
* Discover the framework for triggering communication that elevate trust, empathy, and confidence.
* Apply communication tools for successfully giving and receiving feedback and creating 
collaboration with others.

Meet Your Presenter: Sonja Stetzler, MA, CPC 

Sonja Stetzler, MA, CPC is the founder of Effective Connecting, a consultancy specializing in developing leadership and communication skills of high potential leaders. She is a Certified Conversational Intelligence Coach and comes from the philosophy that we get things done through conversations! She is also active in the Applied Improvisation community, where she uses improv exercises and games to teach communication and leadership skills. Sonja has several decades' worth of experience in management, sales, teaching and coaching, and she has worked with companies such as Microsoft, Duke Energy, Bank of America, Carolinas Health Systems, and Blythe and Hubbard Construction, to name a few. In addition to her communications coaching practice, she facilitates a virtual Speaker Success Mastermind for emerging speakers. 
Sonja received her B.S. from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and her M.A. in Organizational Communication from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is certified as an Executive Coach through Queens University's executive coaching certificate program. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, National Speakers Association, and the Applied Improvisation Network.

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CCEUs will be available for this program: 1 Core Competencies and .5 Resource Development credits.