Jeff Jenkins is an award winning comedian, playwright, director, and a nationally recognized speaker who's range of topics can include motivation, leadership, success, adding humor to public speaking, public speaking, teambuilding, creative thinking, and many more. With over 25 years of speaking, his unique insight into different audiences and such vast experience in front of all manners of crowds will make sure this will truly be exactly what your group needs. His passion and enthusiasm for improv will challenge and motivate you to introduce some messy in your life. Having fought and battle depression and anxiety using these tools himself, Jeff is excited to see the impact in you.
Jeff spoke to a group of Fair Grove teachers in August before the start of the school year for a professional development workshop. This interactive workshop was a creative combination of comedy improv and collaborative group activities. Jeff showed us how we can use comedy improve strategies in the classroom to engage our students. I left the workshop encouraged and motivated.
Jeff performed a improv/comedy/motivational show for us at a college event for honors students. Jeff did an excellent job, everyone laughed a lot, and he was able to use his comedy and improv skills to both entertain as well as teach valuable lessons on leadership, learning, and perseverance. Jeff was a great entertainer and I would highly recommend him to others. He can tailor the event to your needs and won't disappoint.
Jeff hosted a workshop on improv and business for about 40 members of our young professional organization. The workshop was funny, interactive, and informative and we received lots of positive feedback from attendees. Would recommend!
Jeff has conducted his workshop, "Creativity in the Workplace" for my Peer Assisted Study Session Leaders at Missouri State University several times, and my staff and I have always been impressed with both the quality of his presentation and the pedagogically-sound advice he offers.
My employees are mainly students studying to be doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals, and are steeped in the sciences. PASS Leaders are hired to assist students enrolled in the most difficult courses in their majors to develop study skills strategies by conducting interactive sessions. Over time, I noted that the leaders, proficient in their fields of study, were at a loss when it came to developing interactive sessions where improvisation and creativity often led to more effective sessions. I hired Jeff Jenkins to encourage the leaders to try something new.
Jeff's training has changed the way we look at the sessions led by PASS Leaders. With increased creativity, we saw the voluntary attendance in the sessions rise. Reviews from the PASS Leaders regarding Jeff's advice have been enthusiastic and positive, with many asking when I'll bring him back. Likewise, the reviews from the students visiting with PASS Leaders have been equally strong, stating that they now enjoy the sessions much more and feel that the creativity exhibited in the sessions has contributed to success in their classes.
We invited Mr. Jenkins to do a skit for a one hour professional development day at our elementary school. We presented him with our theme and mission for the day. He did a wonderful job using comedy for a team building theme. He made us laugh, included many teachers in the skits and did it in a professional way. Everyone enjoyed his performance very much!
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What to Expect
Improv can be defined as: you make it up as you go along, you have no idea how it turns out, and you base it off a suggestion you get from people around you. Sound familiar? Kind of like life. Life is improvised. When was the last time your day went exactly like you planned it? Never!! We improvise every day whether we want to or not. Improv is not an exact science 2+2 does not equal funny. Just like in life this good situation plus this positive experience does not always equal best day ever. You'd go crazy trying to chase as a daily goal. Life is curveballs, it's the unknown, it's walking on a tight rope. We all know that the more you're prepared with the right tools the more you're going to be able to hit the curveball, solve the unknown and walk across the tight rope with confidence. With Jeff's hysterical humor and an keen sense of how these skills tie in. Llearning these same tools that professional improvisors have been learning to create comedic situations, you can learn these and discover how to make the improvised scene of your day, your improvised life a stunning success. Jeff used Applied Improvisation to take your instincts into ideas, fear into focus and moments into momentum.
Applied improvisation uses the principles, tools, practices, skills, and mindsets developed in comedy, jazz, and theatre and utilizes them for non-theatrical or performance purposes. Practitioners of applied improvisation facilitate workshops, for individuals or organizations, introducing them to these principles, tools, etc. via solo, paired or group exercises, activities and games. Participants of applied improvisation workshops are able to integrate these principles; tools, etc. into their daily lives. Personal development, team building, creativity, innovation, and well-being are some of their areas that benefit from learning applied improvisation methods.
Jeff Jenkins is an award winning comedian, playwright, director, and a nationally recognized speaker. Jeff has a BA in Theatre with a minor in Psychology from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. Jeff has studied improv comedy at the world famous The Second City, i.O Chicago, The Chicago Improv Den, and Four Day Weekend since 1996. In 2002 Jeff started the entertainment juggernaut "The Skinny Improv", that helped hundreds of students and alumni launch their own successful careers. Jeff has been teaching and performing professional comedy since 1996 and uses the basic tenets and truths from improv comedy and applies it to professional development and training for corporations, schools and organizations. His unique approach combines comedy with real world applications that provide both individual and groups the tools they need to take instincts to ideas, fear into focus, and moments into momentum. Jeff was the top session at the 2018 Missouri Association of Workforce Development Conference, has worked with WIOA Youth programs in the Ozark and Central Region and is currently working with MO Work Assistance Program participants on a series of relationship and team building workshops in the Ozark Region. Jeff has also trained Workforce Development staff in the Ozark Region and at local workforce conferences. Jeff’s ability to engage, inspire and motivate with such diverse clients, as well as those with significant barriers sets him apart from other Professional Development and motivational speakers. Jeff recently moved back to Springfield, Mo from Chicago where he worked as an Assistant Producer at The Second City in Chicago. He has taught improv, leadership workshops, and classes all over the country and the United Kingdom. Jeff is currently also Executive Producer of Skinny Improv Productions which produces hundreds of shows a year. Jeff is currently working on his first book "How Improv Comedy Saved My Life, Then Almost Destroyed Me, Then Saved Me Again." He has a blog and a website www.turncreative.org and uses his degree in pretend and make believe to entertain, inspire and motivate audiences all over the country.