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Chicago Improv Conference 2008 - Feedback

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Evaluation report of the analysis of feedback data from the Applied Improv Conference held in Chicago, October 2008

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Chicago Improv Conference 2008 - Feedback

  1. 1. AIN Chicago Conference 2008 Feedback “ This conference expands my horizons and pushes me out of my comfort zone.”
  2. 2. 42 responses Thanks!
  3. 3. 42? Hey! Isn’t that the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything? Cool.
  4. 4. Was this your first AIN Conference? Yes 31% No 69%
  5. 5. Where’s home?
  6. 6. 29% 67% 4%
  7. 7. How would you rate the conference overall? 15 10 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Urgh! Wow!
  8. 8. How would you rate the pre-conference workshops? Thiagi Mick Sue/Paul 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Wow!
  9. 9. Of Thiagi: “It was great to meet The Legend”
  10. 10. How would you rate the Open Space Day?
  11. 11. The Open Space Day... “Would have liked to have seen open space 15 sessions throughout the whole conference instead of all in one day.” 10 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Wow!
  12. 12. 15 Value for $£€? “[It] was very valuable, however it was also rather expensive... 10 especially adding in the cost of airfares and accommodation.” 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  13. 13. How would you rate the hotel?
  14. 14. “The venue was too luxurious...could be simpler and with more feeling.” “The hotel was great, but why be in Chicago if you’re not *in Chicago?*” 15 10 5 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
  15. 15. Highlights
  16. 16. “Karen Dawson’s “The workshop given by On Your Feet, Matt Weinstein workshop on coaching. and Yael Schy were superb” Matt’s on games. The live biz client with Paul Z.” “The variety of workshops” “Aleike & Iris session” “Matt’s workshop and that wonderful, silly James Bond dance, and I also found terrific value in the smaller group “Individual experiences” workshops with Sue Walden “Rock Paper Scissors in Matt’s workshop” and Teresa Norton. Very practical, very hands on, very “Andrea’s and Viv’s sessions” informative” “The interesting variety of sessions” “Live client interview with Paul Jackson”
  17. 17. The Keynotes
  18. 18. N ! T IO E C N N C O
  19. 19. And of course, (drum roll please...)
  20. 20. SPONTANEITY!
  21. 21. We’d like more...
  22. 22. Open Space...
  23. 23. Down time for socialising...
  24. 24. Games & activities...
  25. 25. We’d like less...
  26. 26. Speech making, talking heads & theater-style seating...
  27. 27. So...
  28. 28. What difference has this conference made to you, personally and professionally?
  29. 29. Connecting...
  30. 30. Confidence... Courage... Inspiration...
  31. 31. Energized...
  32. 32. New tools & ideas... “It helps me reframe how I might use improv games”
  33. 33. “This is my third time attending AIN. Each year I leave more connected with the applied improv network of practitioners and with tools to use right away. My business benefits directly from my time at AIN.” “Honestly, it was all excellent. I liked that it was smallish ‘cos there was a chance to connect with lots of people. I also really liked having meals together.” “This conference has allowed me to turn the corner, never to return! I am moving forward with developing my business around this work NOW, not later. I was waiting for something, and I know now that it was this conference. I am inspired, excited, energized by the experience and feel ready in a way I have not before. I am grateful.”
  34. 34. “I am spreading the word about AIN!”
  35. 35. The Small Print This slide show is a summary of the (mostly) qualitative analysis of the 2008 Applied Improvisation Network Conference held in Chicago, 23 - 26 October. It is based on 42 responses to an on-line survey hosted by SurveyMonkey. The raw data, and this analysis, has been given to the Programming Committee for the 2009 Conference, including the considerable suggestions for speakers, topics and activities. Thank you to everyone who contributed. All quotes from Chicago 08 participants; all photos from the AIN website - Chicago 08 and from iStockphoto.com If you have any questions, or would like a copy of the raw data, please contact me viv@theReef.com.au Viv McWaters November 19, 2008 And in the interests of balance: while some said they enjoyed my workshops (which I co-presented with Andrea Barrett), someone else said “it was a stunning waste of time!” Evaluation is about learning and improvement, and I can’t think of a better bunch of people to play with, take risks with, learn from, fail with, and have fun with. See you next year in Seattle?

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