Founder + Director, The Engaging Educator
Jen Brown, Founder of The Engaging Educator that runs public classes and private workshops for non-actors that improve presentation, communication, and social skills through improv-based continuing education joins Enterprise Radio.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Jen Brown discuss the following:
- How does improv help people that have no desire to be on stage?
- What are professionals looking for when they take an improv class?
- Do you ever have people that say ‘this isn’t for me’ and take a class anyway? Or do it because they thought it would be fun?
- What’s the one thing that every entrepreneur, regardless of experience, can learn from improv?
- If you aren’t not in NYC or Winston Salem, how can one find an improv program that works for them?
TIP: Active listening tip – make a choice to pay attention, and identify one to two points in a conversation and one question you can ask to get more information. After the conversation, think about your why – why did you have this conversation? Did you need something? Did they? Did that need drive the conversation, or get ignored, or dominate your attention? Prior to important conversations, make a note of what you WANT out of the conversation. Be sure that want guides – not drives – you, and you remember to actively listen to the person you are talking to instead of fixating on your need.
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 over 25,000 people – all non-actors!
Since 2012, Jen has given three TEDx Talks on the power of Improv, grown EE to three locations in NYC, Winston-Salem, NC and LA, and recently began The Engaging Educator Foundation, a 501(c)(3) which offers free and low-cost Improv workshops for educators, at-risk adults, teens and students on the Autism Spectrum. Jen holds degrees and accreditation from Marquette University, City College of New York, St. Joseph’s University and Second City.