Eleven ComedySportz alumni to join current ensemble for Friday and Saturday matches

Josh BreitFavorite ComedySportz players of years gone by will be back for this year’s ComedySportz Alumni Weekend – Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 and joining teams of current  players. Will the oldies be an asset or a liability to their teams?  Will they know their Jay-Z from Tyler the Creator?  Taylor Lautner from Taylor Swift? You’ll have to come to The ComedySportz Theatre to find out as these matches will NOT be televised.

 

FRI, 8/23/13, 8:00 PM

Lauren Malara

Referee

Kate Cohen

Red Captain

Geoff Crump

Red Player

Shad Kunkle (Alum)

Red Player

Dave Gaudet

Blue Captain

Jim McDonnell

Blue Player

Keith Whipple

Blue Player

Jon Shickendanz (Alum)

Keyboard

 

Sean Ellis reducedSAT,8/24/13, 6:00 PM

Jamie Campbell

Referee

Tim Whetham

Red Captain

Rene Duquesnoy

Red Player

Natalie Sullivan Shipman (Alum)

Red Player

Nathan Parkes

Blue Captain

Lauren Malara

Blue Player

Chris DeRose

(Alum)

Blue Player

 

SAT, 8/24/13, 8:00 PM

Dave Gaudet

Referee

Tim Whetham

Red Captain

Tim Mason

(Alum)

Red Player

Paul Bianco

(Alum)

Red Player

Josh Breit

(Alum)

Blue Captain

Katherine Gotsick

Blue Player

Eric Lindberg

Blue Player

 

SAT, 8/24/13, 10:00 PM

Eric Lindberg

Referee

Zac Thompson

Red Captain

Katherine Gotsick

Red Player

Pat Gallen

(Alum)

Red Player

Scot Goodhart

(Alum)

Red Player

Nathan Jansen

Blue Captain

Melissa Cathcart

Blue Player

Sean Ellis

(Alum)

Blue Player

Jon Forsythe

(Alum)

Blue Player

By Greg Werstler

Director of Creative Sales,

ComedySportz Chicagogreg

 

I approach every networking event as an opportunity to build an ensemble of professionals.  My approach is about making the connection NOT asking for business.  Once you are a part of my ensemble, you will WANT to do business with me.  I may not even have to ask for it.

Here are some tips that every professional probably already knows, but forget when at a networking event:

PREPARE.  Yes, make sure you have business cards, check the registration list if one is available, (which it is for MPI events) and target people you want to meet, dress appropriately, so on and so on. But beyond that level of preparation, take a moment before you enter the event to prepare your mind and body.  We all play so many roles simultaneously in life.  We’re boyfriends/girlfriends, we’re husbands/wives, fathers/mothers, we’re salespeople/accountants/HR directors/planners/suppliers/janitors all at once.  Before you enter, take a moment to switch gears.  Take a breath, loosen your shoulders, stand up straight and say to yourself “time to make connections”. BE PRESENT!

EYE CONTACT.  Everyone knows this.  But how many events have you attended where someone walked up, shook your hand and immediately looked at your name badge?  Hello!  My eyes are up here!  I understand you’re trying to discern if you really need to spend time talking to me, but if you don’t look me in the eye, you put yourself at a disadvantage from the start and I don’t want to talk to you.  MAKE A CONNECTION!

LET GO OF YOUR EGO.  Pretty Zen, right?  You don’t know who is going to end up helping your business.  If you walk in only looking for those who can help you and ignoring those who can’t, you are not building an ensemble, you’re shutting people out.  Everyone can refer someone to you; everyone can be your brand ambassador, but not if you don’t make a connection.  BUILD TRUST!

TRY THE PERSONAL.  So, maybe DON’T talk about your latest medical procedure, but don’t be afraid to share personal information at a networking event.  In fact, seek out opportunities to talk about things other than what you do at work.  Ask questions, learn about the other person.  I have two young daughters.  When I can connect with someone over being a parent, it’s a much stronger connection than when we connect over special events.  People do business with those they know and trust!  BE REAL!

Keith Ferrazzi, thought leader and relationship guru says “You are not asking for business, you’re asking for a relationship.”  Build strong relationships and success will follow.

I look forward to meeting you sometime.  When we meet ask me about how I separated my shoulder.  It’s a good story!

 

About the Author: Greg is the Director of Creative Sales for ComedySportz of Chicago.  ComedySportz is the longest running short-form improv show in Chicago. Now in our 26th year! Our National Touring Company has performed at private events around the world, and Quebec.  We also provide improv-based workshops to improve soft skills for business and create Corporate comedy on the spot or through sketch.  Our theatre at 929 W. Belmont is the perfect place for a casual, fun group outing.  For more information, go to ComedySportz Creative Services: http://comedysportzchicago.com/creative-services-1

For the last 10 of its over 25 years serving the Chicago-area audiences, ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc. has been serving the business community with lively, interactive professional development trainings. 

  • Need to be a better boss?  Improv!
  • Need to give more authentic and responsive customer service?  Improv!
  • Need to communicate more effectively?  Improv!

Now, to inspire more Chicagoland Training and Development professionals to make learning more interactive, ComedySportz is hosting the first meeting of the new Interactive Learning Professional Development Network, a forum held by the Chicagoland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.  (ccastd.org).

matt elwell prof headshotThis first meeting features a presentation by Jane Anderson of Navigant Consulting, Inc. and will help attendees learn how to get more engagement and skill transfer from the simulation-based learning experiences they use in their own programs.  The new Interactive Learning PDN is moderated by Matt Elwell, a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, and our own President and CEO of ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc.

Beyond Role-Play: Live Simulations

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Program:  6p-7:45p.  Registration/Networking:  5:30p-6p

The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W Belmont Ave., Chicago IL

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with e-mail and phone to register.

Free admission open to Training & Development professionals in the Chicagoland area with advance registration.

For more information on the event, check out the ccastd.org website:

A printable flyer to share with your office is available by clicking here: Interactive-Learning.pdf

For more information on ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc., and the suite of Corporate Training solutions we provide:

http://comedysportzchicago.com/corporate-training

ComedySportz Players Face Improv Teams from Throughout the Community in Weekend Competition

 

The ComedySportz Theatre will be the site of some friendly competition among members of Chicago's improv community when 26 year-old ComedySportz Chicago hosts its annual Comedy Theatre Challenge from August 1 through 3, 2013. Teams composed of players from ComedySportz's resident ensemble will face teams from other improv comedy theaters in the city in a celebration of Chicago's long tradition as the nation's capital of improv comedy.

Joining ComedySportz for this weekend will be players from The Annoyance and iO, improv theaters that like ComedySportz Chicago, are pioneers of the city's improv scene and have also been operating in Chicago for 26 years. Also competing that weekend will be a team from Stage 773 - the multi-stage venue that has hosted some of Chicago's top comedy festivals and presented shows by the area's leading itinerant improvisers, Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, who has been presenting all forms of comedy for 12 years and The Playground, the nation's only non-profit cooperative dedicated to the art of improv comedy.

The scheduled matchups (subject to change - please call ahead)  are as follows:

8/1 Thu 8pm- Theater 773/Cupid Players
8/2 Fri 8pm- Annoyance
8/2 Fri 10pm- Annoyance
8/3 Sat 6pm- The Playground
8/3 Sat 8pm- CIC
8/3 Sat 10pm- Dart, iO
 

These guest players will join ComedySportz teams at the theater's six regular weekly performances from Thursday, August 1 through Saturday, August 3. Tickets for these all-age-friendly shows are $22 to $24 and are available by phone through The ComedySportz Theatre Box Office (773-549-8080) or Ticketmaster.

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