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Doug gave a great presentation at our IPPA conference which encouraged me to look into the Social Nonsense Book. The book is wonderful and I highly recommend the book and/or Doug to speak at your next conference. Doug is a great presenter and has excellent insights into ways to improve communication.
Just want to say thanks for the great communication training this morning. I’m a self-described terrible listener (most often guilty of formulating a response while someone else is talking), and your session gave me a lot to think about. I was actually on the fence about attending because improv is so ’not my thing,’ but ultimately glad I went. On an unrelated note, thanks for shattering my Ph.D.-holding, calculus-teaching, math professor stereotype.
If I had to choose just one [lesson I learned from today] it would be to eliminate psychological constraints that we have as human beings. We always have that little voice in our head saying, “No, that’s a terrible idea” and if we eliminate that, amazing things will happen.
That was so great! So much different from India. I even spoke in front of the whole group! It was wonderful!
Here’s my “About Me” paragraph, put into the third person because that looks more professional.
Doug Shaw is a mathematics professor (University of Northern Iowa) who has won many awards for his teaching. His research is in tertiary math education, combinatorics, and graph theory. He is or has been an author, systems engineer, street-busker, variety show performer, comedy troupe director, emcee, and elected member of the Cedar Falls School Board. He’s facilitated workshops about teaching, mathematics, improv, creativity, innovation, and all sorts of things since 1995 in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Montreal. He’s an Applied Improvisation Certified Practitioner. He’s waiting to be invited to present in Hawaii, Scotland, or any other place his family wants to visit. Oh – and your town. That’s #1 on his list.