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09

Jul

"THE EAVESDROPPER"
www.ImprovYourLife.com
www.ThePIT-NYC.com

11

Jun

"THE DISEASE BUCKET"
www.ImprovYourWork.com
www.ThePIT-NYC.com

08

Jun

Don’t Judge

Don’t Judge

06

Jun

Be Yourself?

01

Jun

NEW PIT CARTOON BLOG: "COWORKERS WE HATE"

"Coworkers We Hate" are cartoons that capture the images of coworkers that are universally hated by other coworkers.  Click "Who Do You Hate?" to submit your own dreaded coworker stereotype and we will turn it into a "Coworkers We Hate" Cartoon!

24

May

Creativity is all about courage.
Lyn Heward (via someonesnotebook)

23

May

anonymousmethod:

be yourself

anonymousmethod:

be yourself

22

May

classroomcollective:

Fraction Match: Egg Style!

classroomcollective:

Fraction Match: Egg Style!

15

May

Public Speaking ~Taren Sterry

I love teaching public speaking. I love it when students come into the classroom with different challenges and we get to work on them one by one and yet learn from each other. The best thing about being a teacher is leaving a class and having the feeling that I’ve actually been able to help someone today because of my own past experiences with public speaking. Hopefully, that makes us both better people and speakers, for tomorrow.

 

Everyone focuses on the fear around public speaking. I try to focus on the fun. We can be afraid of lots of things in life: relationships, finances, risk, change. But if we approach these things from a curious, rather than a trepidatious standpoint, we open some room for new experiences and then perhaps, for some success. For instance, on first date, if we go into it expecting Jeremy to complement us, ask us about our careers and pay for our dinner, and he doesn’t do any of those things, we might consider this a “failure” and complain about this to our friends. Or, we can consider what we learned from the situation. What did we complement Jeremy on? What did we learn about his career? Why did we expect him to pay? Maybe Jeremy is broke, afterall. (Or a third wave feminist trying to honor you?) Prolly not, but maybe!

 

The challenge we’re dealing with here is expectation. Expectation is a killer in public speaking. When we expect things to go a certain way and they don’t, we get disappointed and thrown off our game. The laptop runs out of juice, people stare at you weird, your boss shows up unexpectedly, no one asks questions at the Q&A portion, you sweat, you shake, you suddenly remember when Jennifer Hurnblad said in 7th grade that it looked like you peed your pants in front of everyone and you almost died of humiliation. Why did you just think of that right now? What are you supposed to be doing? Oh my god, you are talking about the budget right now and while you were thinking about Jennifer Hurnblad and have no idea what you been talking about for the last…10 minutes??!!

 

In Improv Your Public Speaking we focus on staying in the moment, connecting with your audience, remaining present and having fun. We bring back up handouts to prepare for faulty laptops, we practice thinking quickly on our feet so that we can go off script and then get quickly back on to stay on track, we work on what to do whether you have a raucous crowd or quiet audience, and finally, we figure out how to all of this while having FUN.

 

If you struggle with any public speaking challenges, take the class!! See you at the PIT!!

TAREN STERRY is a writer and performer in NYC. Her current play, 180 Days, is in its fourth extended sold out run at Stage Left Studio. Taren performed improv at the PIT for three years with Fancy Dragon and Tomahawk! Taren is a 2008 Manhattan Monologue Slam Winner and wrote, produced and starred in the totally hilarious “Totes Hilare.” In 2009, Taren was a winning model on Bravo’s The Fashion Show (long story). Taren can be seen every month performing original material at Stage Left Studio and teaches improv at the The PIT.

14

May

FEAR IS THE LOCK AND LAUGHTER THE KEY TO YOUR HEART
~CS&N

13

May

blackswanyoga:

5 communication tips to get what you want and change the world

blackswanyoga:

5 communication tips to get what you want and change the world

12

May

The creative adult is the child who has survived.
~ Ursula K. LeGuin

11

May

Better communication can do wonderful things, like double your business

safzath:


This post is brought to you by Citrix GoToMeeting. Any company in the world that is doing business right now already knows that the Internet can make or break them…. http://dlvr.it/1XGCJz

10

May

Tips on innovation

howtobemorecreative:

“Business leaders” taking a leaf from “the way that designers solve probelms”

Question. Don’t just ask the obvious questions. Look deeper and don’t be afraid to rethink basic fundamentals about your business and products.
Care. Caring doesn’t just mean giving great customer service. Get to know your customers as intimately as possible. Immerse yourself in the lives of the people you are trying to serve.
Connect. Find ways to bring together concepts, people, and products. Many great breakthroughs are “mash-ups” of existing ideas.
Commit. Give form to your idea as quickly as possible: create a prototype and begin testing it right away. This is the only way to know if you’ve touched on something truly promising.

A couple more tidbits in this article listed below. What’s nice about these it that they are ripped from their linked sources, so if you find them particularly interesting, go nuts and read more.

Three ways to help your company snap out of it

Forget breakthroughs, take innovation baby steps

Convince others to embrace risk

Use constraint to instigate innovation


From the Harvard Business Review

09

May

revoltfactory:

C&A displays Facebook fashion Likes
Facebook likes displayed in realtime on hangers in a C&A storie in Sao Paolo
(via Adverblog)

revoltfactory:

C&A displays Facebook fashion Likes

Facebook likes displayed in realtime on hangers in a C&A storie in Sao Paolo

(via Adverblog)