Event Profile

Using Body Language and Improvisation to Get What You Need

September 18, 2019
Tulalip Resort


Online registration is currently closed, but spaces are still available. If you would like to attend this event, please call NWPPA at 360-254-0109, and our staff will be happy to help you.

Who Should Attend:

Any professional who wants to improve communication and engagement by taking a fresh approach to how you see, interact, and react to situations.

Related Event:

Northwest Communications & Energy Innovations Conference, September 16-18, 2019

Course Overview:

Bring both your sense of adventure and humor to an afternoon with communications expert and political consultant, Chris Ulrich. Be prepared for a high-energy, two-part workshop as he gives up his secrets about the power of body language and lessons in using improvisation to increase confidence, presence, and teamwork. Ulrich was the keynote speaker at last year's NIC and we needed more!

Course Outline

Part 1: You say more than you think!

Uncovering the mysteries of body language—how people communicate their thoughts and feelings without saying a word—is a powerful first step toward mastering any professional and social situation. All successful people know that the ability to detect and react to the split-second signals that skim across peoples' bodies hundreds of times each day is crucial to getting what they want in life.

In this part of the workshop you will learn to:

  • Tune up your power gestures
  • Spot discomfort and deviations in hidden facial expressions – and act accordingly
  • Properly sit in a meeting (whether formal or informal) to help your chances of being perceived as a leader
  • Spot the business stances that convey power, authority, nervousness, passivity, and respect, and get the team moving in the same direction
  • Use appropriate hand gestures and solid body stances while avoiding emotionally charged facial micro-expressions
  • Decrease tension and increase the level of respect people have for you

Part 2: Using improvisation to transform the way you work and work with others

Like life itself, work does not follow a ready-made script. You have to think and adapt as you go. In a word: improvise. The best, most dynamic leaders do this as a matter of course. They use improvisation skills—often the same ones used by actors and comics—to be powerful communicators, selfless listeners, acute observers, and agile promoters of teamwork and collaboration.

In this part of the workshop, you will learn tested improvisation techniques; engage in dynamic and structured improv games; and experience the thrill of breaking through self-imposed limitations. This play-focused session will transcend our reliance on knowledge and experience by getting you comfortable thriving in the uncertainty of the moment and adjusting their perception of yourself and others.

In this part of the workshop you will learn to:

  • Enhance creativity, gain clarity, and increase self-confidence
  • Understand the concept of “Yes and” and use it to foster collaboration, teamwork, and reduced negativity
  • Finely tune engaged listening skills to create more dynamic interactions
  • Develop greater mental agility and flexibility
  • Create open and powerful communication with colleagues

Course Instructor:

Chris Ulrich, C U in the Moment

Course Schedule:

Registration will begin at noon, and the class will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Course Location & Hotel Information:

Tulalip Resort
10200 Quil Ceda Blvd.
Tulalip, WA 98271
(866) 716-7162 

Room rate: $159 for a deluxe king/deluxe queen

Please book your room as soon as possible, but no later than August 14, 2019, to secure this rate. Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.

Airport Options:

Paine Field in Everett, Wash., is just 20 minutes from the resort and a closer option than SeaTac. Check the schedules of your preferred airline to see if they have service to Paine Field.

SeaTac – flights available from all areas daily

SeaTac Airport Transportation:

Express shuttle service from the SeaTac airport to the Tulalip Resort is available through Bell Air Charter which currently operates 11 times per day with direct service at the cost of $32.50 per adult one way or $60 round trip. Book online or call (866) 235-5247.

Course Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (extended through 9/18/2019): $200
Utility Member Standard: $275

Associate Member Early Bird (extended through 9/18/2019): $300
Associate Member Standard: $375

Non-member Early Bird (extended through 9/18/2019): $600
Non-member Standard: $675

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are accepted, with full refund, if request is made at least 30 days prior to the course. Within 30 days, fees are as follows: 15-29 days, $100; 1-14 days or "no show," 100 percent of registration fee. When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling. NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions.

Continuing Hours:

This course qualifies for three continuing hours. Certificates are issued upon full completion of the course.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.