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Improvisation for Coaches

March 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Monday, March 12th @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
5:30-6:30 Networking & Dinner
6:30-8:00 Program
8:00 Additional Q & A and Networking

Like all humans, we coaches are creatures of habit, subject to our own filters, learning, egos, and blind spots. How can coaching professionals—from the newest to the most seasoned—step out of our default patterns and comfort zones to truly dance in the moment? In this highly experiential workshop, coaches will learn the basic rules and skills of improvisation, developing core competencies in an entirely new way. By letting go of control and engaging in true collaboration, coaches will experience greater freedom, creativity, listening, presence, power, and willingness to take risks and go deeper into the unknown. Coaches will walk away with enhanced skills, a greater awareness of their personal blind spots and growth opportunities, and a toolkit of exercises te for their own continued development and with clients.

“While attending the International Coach Federation (ICF) conference in Washington, DC, in August 2017, I had the pleasure of hearing Carrie speak to a group of about 200 people in a break-out session. She captured our attention right out the gate. The audience was on edge of their seats, not quite sure what was next. Carrie went on to show what it is really like to “dance in the moment” with ourselves as well as our clients. She spoke with clarity and focus. She demonstrated great respect for all her participants. She conducted several large group activities highly effectively, which would have seemed impossible. She had people laughing, learning, engaging, hugging, some on the verge of tears as they learned. In my view Carrie Spaulding was the star of the whole ICF meeting for me personally because her teaching style and inclusiveness speckled with humor and moments of seriousness that made the experience totally engaging and elevating. You won’t find a better speaker on coaching issues than Carrie. She is truly a treasure!”
–Cliff Walters, MD, MBA, ACC

“I attended Carrie Spaulding’s Improvisation for Coaches at the 2017 ICF Converge Conference. Out of all of the sessions I attended, this one was personally inspiring for me! Carrie’s presentation was engaging, thought-provoking, educational, and fun. The exercises helped participants get out of their head, listen to others, and be present in the moment. The rapport developed between exercise partners after a few short minutes was amazing. I feel energized from this session and looking forward to putting these techniques into practice!”
–Amy Gamblin, ACC

“I attended Carrie’s session on ‘Improvisation for Coaches’ at the ICF Converge17 conference. What an amazing session. The room was packed and everyone was riveted to her wonderful presentation. The interaction was so much fun. She had us all laughing and with the exercises, really thinking hard about how to incorporate these techniques into our coaching. Amazing and powerful!”
–Bryan Nadeau, ACC

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase Coaching Presence and Active Listening competencies and confidence
  • Discover personal “blind spots” or growth opportunities within those competencies
  • Practice with and retain a toolkit that can be used for continued development and for direct use with clients


  • Teaching of core improvisation rules and concepts and their alignment with competencies
  • A series of facilitated full-participation skill-building and discovery-catalyzing improvisational exercises and games
  • Discussion to unpack the learning and application of each exercise

Plus earn 2.0 Resource Development CCEUs.


If you have questions, please contact Arika Clark, Director of Programs, ICF-Chicago at arikaclark@icf-chicago.org

Our Speaker:

Carrie Spaulding is a Professional Certified Coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation and a professional improviser with 17 years of experience performing, teaching, and  directing improvisation professionally. With her dynamic, engaging spirit, Carrie facilitates powerful group trainings and events. Workshops come alive as Carrie, a former educator, helps organizations, teams, and individuals achieve their professional and personal goals with her creative, experiential, and outside-the-box approach. Carrie leads seminars with warmth, passion, and  humor, and leaves participants armed with improved skills, new tools and strategies, and a feeling that professional development was never this much fun! In her private coaching, Carrie specializes in helping thirtysomethings break through Thirtysomething Panic and create the careers, relationships, and lives they want. Carrie brings a host of tools and a bre dth and depth of experience to her practice, and continually draws from her improvisation, performance, and education backgrounds to enhance her coaching presence and impact. Learn more at www.carriespaulding.com.

NOTE: We encourage registration online so we may accommodate guest needs.


March 12
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


ICF Chicago


DePaul University (O’Hare Campus)
Triangle Plaza Building (2nd Floor) 8770 W. Bryn Mawr
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