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Saturday, August 10 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Grounded Assertiveness

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Come reaffirm—and celebrate!—what it means to act boldly without being a bully, so we can better confront today’s challenges and create the world we want to live in. In this workshop, you will playfully explore the differences between acting Aggressively, Passively, Passive-Aggressively, and Assertively and ultimately practice what we call Grounded Assertiveness.  

We all have assumptions, often hidden, about how we must behave in the world. Applied Improvisation is perfectly suited to bring those assumptions to light, explore and create with them, understand how context impacts our ability and willingness to be assertive, and consciously decide which of our behaviors we want to reinforce and which to reshape.
Esther and Caitlin will mix theories like Eric Berne’s Transactional Analysis/Parent-Adult-Child model with some Johnstone activities, among others. By the end of this workshop you will have tools to help others better understand assertiveness, be able to articulate the difference between aggressiveness and assertiveness, and have developed more self-awareness around ways to be in the world (and the conference!) with a sense of Grounded Assertiveness.


Esther Knecht

Esther Knecht values personal growth and diversity. Today, as an independent consultant and coach, based in Zurich, Switzerland, Esther helps her clients with leadership, career and diversity challenges. She knows that leveraging the multiple perspectives of human diversity in global... Read More →

Caitlin McClure

Caitlin McClure has been researching, studying, performing, directing and teaching improv and Applied Improv since 1995, her formative years spent at BATS Improv in San Francisco and with Keith Johnstone. She primarily applies improv in the business sector as a coach and consultant... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
The Wang Center - Jasmine Room