Session Title: “Presentation Skills & the Art of Improv”

Session 3 of the Presentation Skills Series

Improv—it’s that wacky thing zany creative types do—a kind of adult version of silly “kid’s stuff,” right? Actually, principles and practices from improv can benefit presenters of all stripes and audiences of all kinds. And if you’ve ever felt anxiety prior to speaking, improv skills can be transformative. I’ll share tips, tricks, and stories you can use to enliven your presentations and bring more ease to your time on stage.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize fundamental principles of improv that underlie the spontaneity & fun
  • Understand how improv skills aid speaking and presenting
  • Explore ways to add personal stories and humor to connect with an audience

This activity is intended for: Faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD

PresenterDavid Fessell, MD, is an executive coach, current faculty associate at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, and a recently retired Professor of Radiology from the University of Michigan. He publishes widely, including in HBR, JAMA, and Psychology Today. He speaks and facilitates workshops on wellness, emotional intelligence, and humor. He has an MD degree from the University of Michigan, a BA from Harvard University, and is a graduate of the Second City Improv Conservatory.



Course Director: Miriam A. Bredella, MD

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You may print individual certificates throughout the year; your cumulative list of sessions attended is accessible on your transcript.


Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Session date: 
06/20/2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT
Zoom Webinar
United States
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation

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