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Improv for Employee Development: Simple Activities to Increase Virtual and Face-to-Face Learning and Engagement

This On-Demand event was originally presented on February 13, 2024 (60 min)


Tina Fey once said, “Just say yes, and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” It’s a great motto for life, for leadership, and for this webinar.

For if you say YES to this webinar, whether you regularly lead training, are brand new to training, or are in a leadership role and want to better support your employees who oversee talent development, you will leave our time together confident and clear on how to use improv-inspired activities to develop people’s communication and leadership skills. Plus, you will compile a variety of activities you can easily integrate into existing face-to-face and virtual training.

Improv is a great way to develop your employees’ confidence, increase their ability to innovate, and heighten their communication (and listening) skills so they can speak up in meetings and on behalf of your organization. In this webinar, you will also explore common mistakes too many HR and talent development professionals unknowingly make when leading improv in a corporate setting so you can avoid them. You’ll also be poised to bring a “yes, and” attitude to the myriad challenges and constraints you are facing, particularly when it comes to engaging remote learners.

A former instructor of improv at The City University of New York (CUNY) and the founder and president of the Step into Your Moxie® communication and leadership development platform, executive and speaking coach, Alexia Vernon excels at showing HR and talent development professionals how to harness improv as an employee development tool. She’ll support you to develop the mindset and skill set to be able to walk into any room, conversation, or onto any stage and speak up for yourself, the ideas and issues that matter most to you, and call people to take action.

Attendees will learn

  • Icebreakers, team-building, and skill-building activities you can integrate into virtual and face-to-face training.
  • Identify how to choose the best improv activities for your employees and organizational culture.
  • How to talk about improv so employees are excited vs. resistant to engage in activities.
  • How to “stop and smile” when delivering training to bring a “yes, and” attitude to life.
  • How to facilitate improv activities and connect them to training goals.


Alexia Vernon, dubbed a “Moxie Maven” by the White House Office of Engagement for her unique and effective approach to leadership development, is a Las Vegas-based keynote speaker and sought-after speaking, leadership, and executive coach and trainer to leaders, talent development professionals, and consultants who want to speak with unshakable presence, sell their ideas, navigate daring conversations, develop high-performing teams, and advance their thought leadership (as Alexia calls it, possess the ability to Step into Your Moxie®). Alexia has supported thousands of rising and established leaders through her Step into Your Moxie® corporate offerings, online training, live events, and masterminds.

Alexia has delivered transformational keynotes and training for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, educational institutions, professional associations, the United Nations, and is a TEDxWomen speaker. She has contributed to media such as CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS,,, European Business Review, and Women’s Health Magazine, and is the author of multiple books including Step into Your Moxie: Amplify Your Voice, Visibility, and Influence in the World. Alexia is also the creator of the popular LinkedIn Learning course, Communicating to Drive People to Take Action, and she is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Executive Women’s Council of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce.

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This event is sponsored by HRDQ. For 45 years HRDQ has provided research-based, off-the-shelf soft-skills training resources for classroom, virtual, and online training. From assessments and workshops to experiential hands-on games, HRDQ helps organizations improve performance, increase job satisfaction, and more.

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Improv for Employee Development: Simple Activities to Increase Virtual and Face-to-Face Learning and Engagement

“I really enjoyed the Improv for Personal Development webinar presented by Alexia Vernon. Not only did she hit all of the key points, but she did so in an engaging manner. She gave lots of examples which really helped me understand how I could best use her suggested techniques. Well worth the time.”

– Debra M.

Improv for Employee Development: Simple Activities to Increase Virtual and Face-to-Face Learning and Engagement

“The webinar was interesting and gave me some new ideas to think outside the box.”

– Erika B.

Improv for Employee Development: Simple Activities to Increase Virtual and Face-to-Face Learning and Engagement

“Alexia and team have put together some really easy-to-deploy and engaging ways to get employees and teams out of their heads and into the present. This is where all creativity is born from, and I can’t wait to put it to use at our company!”

– Heather G.

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    1. I’m thrilled to hear that you found the improv session and the AI discussion enjoyable and insightful! It was a pleasure hosting these topics, and we’re always here to provide more engaging sessions in the future. If you have any other topics you’d like us to cover in future events, feel free to share your suggestions.


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