Additional Sessionl Added! How to Confidently and Effectively Improvise During Presentations

Presented by: 
Ken Lawson
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:30am
Point Grey Campus
Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Blvd. – Party Room (2nd Floor)
Focus Area: Workplace Skills

Program Summary

Ever wondered how professional actors and improv comedians seem to calmly handle everything that's thrown at them? This workshop will reveal their secrets and show you how to practically apply it to your presentations.

In a very safe, non-threatening environment these seasoned pros will guide you through hands on exercises that will reveal invaluable tips and approaches to helping you handle the unexpected with ease. This is not a comedy workshop. You will not be required to make anyone laugh or be funny. But we will have a ton of fun while learning some incredibly useful tools!

What you will learn:

  • The secrets of professional actors and improvisers 
  • Handling the unexpected with joy and confidence
    • Staying cool under pressure
    • Staying present and in the moment during presentations
  • Techniques for effectively managing Q & A 

How you will learn:

  • In a safe non-threatening environment
  • Through fun and laughter!
    • large group exercises
    • pairs and trios


This session is designed for any AAPS member who is looking to develop their presentation and pitching skills. Members will learn tips and tricks for staying cool during high pressure presentations and conversations, and develop techniques for giving professional responses on the fly. Not sure if this session is right for you? Please contact

What Past Participants Have Said

“Everyone was laughing and smiling and having a great time and all of them thanked me and said how much they enjoyed it and took away some valuable learning; and the room was filled with accountants, engineers and business people so I consider it a great success!”— Don Sherrah, Certified Management Consultants of BC

"I want to quite genuinely thank you and TheatreSports for what was a very successful day. You are all consummate professionals - we went from a significant number of Nervous Nellies to a fully happy and engaged team. You all did such a wonderful job keeping the atmosphere comfortable for those who are not as inclined to speak up. We loved it. I loved it. I will gladly recommend your facilitation services to everyone I know who may be looking for something similar. "—Mandy Chan, Port Metro Vancouver

 About Your Facilitator

Since 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) has been a global leader in Improvisational comedy.  Ken Lawson is the Lead Facilitator for the corporate training division of VTSL. Over the past 15 years he has led 100's of groups in the area of leadership development, communication/presentation skills, creativity, and team building using a combination of improv and his extensive experience and education as a counsellor and group facilitator. He absolutely loves energizing and strengthening organizations with the collaborative power of improv. Ken is also a professional actor, musician and comedian who has been performing with Vancouver TheatreSports League since 2004.

Event Details

How to Confidently and Effectively Improvise During Presentations
Facilitator: Ken Lawson
Friday, September 19, 2014
Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard
Party Room (second floor)

Tea, Coffee and water will be served at this event. Please consider bringing your own reusable vessel.

Register Now for New Session

We have added an additonal session of this workshop from 9:00am–11:00am on Friday September 19, 2014.

Registered attendees will receive a confirmation email. This session is open to AAPS members only and there is no cost to attend.

Cancellations: Please remember all events are costly to set up, even those which are offered at no charge. If you do not anticipate attending the session you registered for, please cancel in a timely manner by emailing We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the AAPS PD Program.

Photography: Please be advised that photos may be taken at this event for use in AAPS communications materials.