How to Give a Mic Drop-Worthy Presentation With the Upright Citizens Brigade


“UCB is the unofficial farm team for Saturday Night Live and every sitcom on TV.”
New York Magazine

How do you connect with an audience like a pro? To give a mic drop-worthy presentation, you need to get out of your head, read the crowd and feel what they feel. You need to be prepped, but loose. You need to follow your gut, and not your nerves. Luckily, we do this every night.
In this workshop, we’ll show you how to use improv tools to become a stronger, connected, more compelling presenter. But it’s not just about being funny. It’s about trusting yourself – and creating an engaging, memorable experience for your audience.

What You Will Learn:
  • How to listen like an improviser
  • How to read the room – and adapt accordingly
  • How to gain confidence with speaking off the cuff
  • Practical tools to reduce stress
  • Techniques for changing the energy in the room
  • How turn a problem or mistake into an opportunity when presenting
  • Techniques for better non-face-to-face communication (conference calls)
Workshop Structure:

Typically, this workshop runs between 90 and 120 minutes for up to 20 participants. It is highly interactive, designed around a series of exercises and run by one instructor.
For larger groups (up to 500), we offer this program as a UCB Masterclass. Here, we work from a stage and bring individuals up from the audience to participate in exercises. The first segment lasts for 60 minutes; the second segment is a 30-minute performance based on what was learned during the Masterclass. Three to four instructors typically run a UCB Masterclass.

Workshop Pricing + Logistics:

If you’re interested in purchasing this workshop for your agency, please complete this request form and someone from the 4A’s Learning & Development Team will schedule a kick off call to discuss your needs and confirm pricing.
Note: No out-of-pocket expenses (such as meals, travel, hotel, printed materials, facility space if required, etc.) are included in the workshop fee. Those costs will be billed by the facilitator to agency separately.

About the Upright Citizens Brigade:

The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) is the comedy powerhouse founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. We run two theaters in New York and two in LA, where we feature improv and sketch comedy seven nights a week. We also operate the only accredited sketch and improv training school in the country, with classroom facilities on both coasts. In addition to our classes and live comedy performances, we work with brands, ad agencies, media companies and universities. We run a branded content unit/TV production studio and a touring company that performs at theaters and colleges. Our improv workshops are the de facto standard for corporate training and team building.

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