In partnership with the Alda Center, ACT creates transformative experiences for corporate teams specializing in the STEM fields. We help emerging leaders and their teams hone clarity, authenticity, and empathy.

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Inspired by Alan Alda’s statement that, “real listening is the willingness to let the other person change you,” the Alda Method® uses improvisational theater techniques to train professionals to pay dynamic attention to the needs of their listener and to learn how to spontaneously adjust to those needs.

Improvisation focuses on listening, relating, connecting with a partner, speaking vividly, and understanding body language. We blend this together with techniques to help professionals distill their message and shape compelling stories.

The Alda Method® helps business leaders create common ground and use conversational language rooted in accessible experiences to foster genuine human connections. Leaders who embrace a personal tone inspire others.

The Alda Method® encourages professionals to emerge from narrowly defined traditional roles and boundaries that are sometimes required in the business environment and relate to others by listening, observing, and being willing to make spontaneous adjustments.

Our method helps executives and their teams rediscover a passion for their work, and it gives them the confidence to share that passion as they take on greater leadership challenges.

Learn to communicate about your research in clear and vivid ways! We invite you to join us for the Alda Center for Communicating Science’s STEM Immersion program, a two-day Alda Method® workshop. Our dynamic, experiential approach is built on the concept that connection is key to effective science communication. Using improvisational exercises, storytelling, and message design techniques, we help you focus on your audience to make your message resonate. The Alda Method® will help you communicate more effectively with students, funders, employers, policymakers, community members, or scientists in other disciplines. APPLY NOW

2019 Dates:
August 5-6 at Stony Brook University
October 7-8 at the SUNY Global Center

Dive deep into the Alda Medical Experience™ with Immersion 2019 Connect to Care. Over two days, you will experience the power of improvisation to transform health care communication. High quality health care relies on our ability to connect with ourselves, our colleagues, and our patients. As change agents, leaders have the power to infuse new energy and genuine human connections into our organizational missions. Alan Alda and the Alda Center Medical Team will guide you through a series of tiered modules designed to strengthen your ability to innovate, collaborate, and communicate. Imagine a professional development experience where you unplug to recharge. Join us in New York City for this unique inaugural event. The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

About the 11.5 hours of CME credits:
The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 11.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy: All those in control of CME content are expected to disclose any relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest (defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients) that relates to the content that will be discussed in the educational presentation. All commercial relationships that create a conflict with the planners, speakers, author’s control of content must be resolved before the educational activity occurs. CLICK HERE to apply.

Provided in partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Communication shapes how we experience each other: when we change the way we connect, we change the world. Join us for Power Connection, a dynamic, interactive one-day learning experience that uses the power of improv to help you and a group of colleagues connect and challenge dynamics that undermine women’s power and authority. Reshaping the future for women in STEM depends on our ability to connect with ourselves and our colleagues in new ways. Becoming more effective agents of change will empower you to infuse new energy and genuine human connections into your work, whether as a leader, researcher, teacher, or colleague. The Alda Center Team will guide you through a series of tiered modules designed to navigate challenging power dynamics, engage in difficult conversations, and advocate for yourself and others more effectively. Imagine a professional development experience where you advance your skills in persuasion, negotiation, listening, and presence while connecting with inspiring, like-minded colleagues who want to facilitate change together with you!

By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• Use a new repertoire of skills to address gender-based communication challenges
• Listen, connect, and adapt in the moment, while maintaining your authority and voice
• Engage in challenging conversations
• Navigate power dynamics
• Promote – and advocate for – yourself and others more effectively

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Our expert Keynote speakers are dynamic, personal, engaged, and they know how move an audience.

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Our speakers know how to really relate to an audience and deliver the best experience possible. They are especially talented at coming prepared with an engaging story – something unique and personal, which draws the audience in and creates a welcoming relationship.

We represent award-winning producers, academics, scientists, media trainers, professional actors, career coaches, business professionals, and authors.