Palermo Science Improv is a communications consultancy that uses the experiential learning and collaborative mindset of improvisational theatre to enhance the efficacy of science communication.
Yes, we're serious.
This is not improv comedy (though laughter is a by-product of the work.) We use improvisational techniques to help groups and individuals improve both their presentational and inter-personal communication skills and collaborate more effectively.
Palermo Science Improv was founded by Brian Palermo, a professional actor with a very long history of improvisational theatre experience. He was a member of the company, studied and taught at the world-renowned Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2010, he was asked to create an improv workshop with the goal of helping science communicators become more effective - specifically by loosening them up.
The idea was that the skills necessary to improvise theatrically are directly translatable to communication of any information - not just silly fictions. Skills such as Active Listening, Connecting with your Partner and Audience, Being Relatable and Presenting with Emotion (a small amount!) have been employed in theatre for millennia because they are proven, powerful ways to convey messaging.
Since that time, Brian's worked with many groups and agencies across the science enterprise as well as hundreds of individual scientists.
Our talks and workshops allow participants to engage in simple exercises that teach and practice the above mentioned skills. The experiential nature of this work makes the takeaways much more visceral and applicable.
Brian's a science fan-boy and really loves interacting with those of you actually doing the work that benefits all of us. You face many challenges as science communicators - not least of which is a lack of practical training. We have seen how beneficial and practical our improv training is. And we would relish the opportunity to work with you towards the goal of sharing difficult-to-grasp information in the most effective way possible.
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An alarmingly large number of the world's population are misinformed and uninterested in scientific issues that have incredible impacts on all of our lives. And part of correcting this situation must be improving our science communications with people at every level of our societies.
But most scientists get precious little communications training.
So I offer communications training, using improvisational theatre techniques, to improve your connection with audiences and increase the effectiveness of your messaging.