In these workshops, we bring together the culture of tech industry with the culture of the arts.
Because when we celebrate the strengths of these different worlds, we shift antiquated energy that can gum up the works.
I’m a writer, performance artist and an educator.
I love theater, improv and performance art because it shows us how to stop and be present. It’s a sneaky path to mindfulness. When you think about a captivating scene from a favorite movie, show or play, what makes it riveting is that the actors are authentically listening to their scene partners. And strong art gives us a visual representation of being totally present. In front of a favorite work of art, my breathing slows down.
And yet, our lives are anything but slow. Here we are in the busy, bustling world of lightning fast innovation. Devises are being built that makes our dreams come true. FaceTime? Wow. That was science fiction a short time ago.
Because there is so much to do, everyone is working hard and fast. We are exponentially more capable of connecting across continents, across cultures and languages, in the blink of an eye. No wonder people are more anxious and over-extended.
I can help! Because it turns out there are articulate and profound lessons from theater, improv and art that enliven and inspire all sorts of teams. Whether they are on point or slightly haggard. Or maybe they are both tired and productive at the same time.
Being of the artistic persuasion I feel as though I am a visitor to the foreign land of business and tech. As a foreigner, I have a different set of eyes. I’m fascinated by how teams in enterprise and tech communicate, manage, and do work in the land of pristine and chic office spaces and delicious lunches.
I like to bring together the culture of tech and business with the culture of the arts. Because when we celebrate the strengths of these different worlds, we shift antiquated energy that can gum up the works.
In a workshop, we transmute the redundant practices and communication by looking at how art, theater, improv and mindfulness can strengthen productivity rather than distract from “important innovation.”
The arts are relevant to business, relevant to all parts of life. When we marginalize creativity, we clip the wings of innovation and productivity.
Not surprisingly, I’m a fan of emotional intelligence. For me, rather than a simply on/off switch, emotional intelligence grows and thrives with nurturing. I build and deliver workshops that keep our emotional intelligence nimble and quick.
We need to listen to ourselves. We need to listen to our colleagues. We need to listen to our world.
To facilitate our teams well, we need to slow down.
We need to take in our surroundings.
We need to look people in the eye.
We need to employ economy of expression.
Of course, there are myriad X factors, rabbit holes and objections that can stop us from listening. No harm, no foul. That’s when self-awareness comes in.
Some people refer to this line of study as ‘soft skills.’
To me, they are simply skills.
Authentic listening, self-awareness and economy of expression are integral to the tradecraft of business.