Plymouth Business School Speaker Sessions; The art of being unprepared


TIME: 12:00 pm — 1:00 pm
PRESENTED BY: University of Plymouth

We live increasingly in a world where rapid technological, social, economic and cultural change is leading to greater uncertainty.  How do individuals and organisations cope and respond?

Resilience, the ability to recover from challenges quickly is central to individual wellbeing, our ability to carve out a career path and for organisations to first survive and then thrive.

These sessions will offer practical guidance and inspiration to students and those recently graduated on how they can successfully adapt to change.  It will also help managers and employers understand how their organisations can successfully evolve.

Resilience in business; Michael Diederich, International Public Speaker and Speaking Coach

You can’t spell ‘improve’ without ‘improv’. For over 25 years Michael worked at Amsterdam’s #1 improv comedy club, “Boom Chicago” which produced talents like Seth Meyers and Jordan Peele. Every night Michael got on stage with his fellow comedians and, using audience suggestions, created brand new comedy scenes on the spot. Audiences are often amazed at how quick it all happens! There are no ‘tricks’ to improv, but certain rules and guidelines help ensure the scenes are successful. But Michael noticed that when visiting businesses around the world, everything takes SO LONG… and the way most companies come to conclusions, brainstorm, communicate and make decisions is the exact OPPOSITE to the way improvisers do it. So Michael thought, “What if I taught businesses to improvise?” And he’s been doing it ever since. With the future so uncertain it’s essential you learn how to adapt to change, save time, make good decisions and communicate effectively – by grasping the basics of improvisation.


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