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Become An Inclusive Presenter

with Kimberly MacLean and Sammy Wegent

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  •   01 Class Introduction & Warm-up

    17:52
  •   03 How to Be an Empathy Machine

    18:45

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About The Class

How to Use Improvisation and Body Language to Be an Empathy Machine

Being a great public speaker isn’t just about knowing how to talk, it’s also about knowing how to listen. It’s about being inclusive, which we define as creating an environment where everyone is equally respected and valued. And it’s about being empathetic, which is essential to creating a genuine feeling of inclusion.

In this course, we’ll explore simple yet effective ways you can build equilibrium in a room and on your team, become a better listener, and demonstrate empathy. By using best practices from improvisational techniques, you’ll be able to connect more fully to colleagues, customers and others in your life. In a world where disengagement is reinforced by our smartphones and the internet, it’s more important than ever to find ways to re-engage.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Demonstrate active listening and empathy through eye contact, facial expressions and body language.
  • Conduct more inclusive online meetings.
  • Actively listen to hear rather than simply listening to respond.
  • Be present in the moment rather than jumping ahead or going internal and missing the opportunity to connect more fully with others.
  • Use your voice to amplify other voices (for extroverts) or find space/take agency to speak up (for introverts).
  • Adapt to your audience.
  • Share the floor.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction & Warm-up

    17:52
  2. 02

    Active Engaged Listening

    14:13
  3. 03

    How to Be an Empathy Machine

    18:45
  4. 04

    Sharing Through Facts & Anecdotes

    10:32
  5. 05

    How to Become an Empathetic Leader

    13:31
  6. 06

    Quick Tips for Empathy in Online Meetings & Presentations

    13:44

Meet Your Experts

Kimberly MacLean

Kimberly is the Director of Learning at Speechless and a driving force behind their training programs, curriculum, and processes across the globe. She has been a main stage company member of BATS Improv since 2006, is a professor at California College of the Arts & ACT’s Summer Training Congress, and is a producer of the SF Improv Festival.
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Sammy Wegent

Sammy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Speechless, a startup based in San Francisco that produces live comedy shows and learning experiences that use improvisation techniques to make public speaking more fun and less scary. ... read more

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