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Presentation Skills Series S3: “Presentation Skills & the Art of Improv”

June 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Dr. David Fessell

Provided by: Mass General Brigham and MGH Center for Faculty Development

Session 3 of the Presentation Skills Series

“Presentation Skills & the Art of Improv”

Improv—it’s that wacky thing zany creative types do—a kind of adult version of silly “kid’s stuff,” right? Actually, principles and practices from improv can benefit presenters of all stripes and audiences of all kinds. And if you’ve ever felt anxiety prior to speaking, improv skills can be transformative. Dr. Fessell shared tips, tricks, and stories participants can use to enliven their presentations and bring more ease to your time on stage.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to:
• Recognize fundamental principles of improv that underlie the spontaneity & fun
• Understand how improv skills aid speaking and presenting
• Explore ways to add personal stories and humor to connect with an audience

Target Audience: This activity is intended for faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD

Presenter: David Fessell, MD, is an executive coach, current faculty associate at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and a recently retired Professor of Radiology from the University of Michigan. He publishes widely, including in HBR, JAMA, and Psychology Today. He speaks and facilitates workshops on wellness, emotional intelligence, and humor. He has an MD degree from the University of Michigan, a BA from Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory.

Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Resources mentioned during webinar:
David Fessell’s website
Pets and Procedures: Bringing Comfort and Care article




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