Professional Development Seminar: "Get Creative! Impactful Communication and Improvisation Strategies for Working with Individuals and Groups"
Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Northeastern University
Traditional strategies for interviewing, public speaking and job searching focus on planning for the expected - preparing answers to commonly asked questions, for example. This is an essential step for success but does not include the unexpected, which can make us feel anxious. In a job interview, employers are increasingly asking unexpected questions to see how we think on our feet – questions like “What superhero would you be and why?” or “What song best describes your work ethic?” As career professionals, our role is to help students to be prepared for an interview and job search process which is constantly evolving. This session will change the way you approach this topic with individuals and groups.
This improv workshop will address the unexpected and can be paired with more traditional preparation. the training and development background drives workshop content and is paired with his improv training. In workshops, the facilitator uses improv and interactive activities to simulate the unexpected and then apply those experiences to enhance skills in interviewing, public speaking, teamwork, leadership and job searching. Participants will be led through a variety of activities that can be added to their workshop facilitation toolbox. Takeaways from the facilitator's experiences with students and how to apply improv training to career and professional development in groups and individually will be discussed.
Since 2015, Jake Livengood has created and facilitated more than 50 improv workshops with more than 700 attendees at 14 institutions to enhance communication and leadership skills. He also won the MIT Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity as Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services.
Jake has worked in higher education since 2002 as an instructor, career advisor and administrator. He is currently Director of Career Services and partners with graduate students at Tufts Public Health & Professional Degree Programs for career and professional development. While at MIT, he received the MIT Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity for developing and facilitating improv workshops to help with training and professional development.
He is a graduate of the Improv Asylum Training Center in the North End of Boston. With the last name "Livengood," this career path is quite fitting. He has a PhD in Higher Education Leadership, thereby making him Dr. Livengood. (But please call him Jake). Jake has a Master of Social Work degree, and his mental health counseling background helps others feel comfortable in stepping out of their comfort zones during workshops and individual advising.