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When I took a speech class in college, I learned a new word that I loved to say: extemporaneous.
I loved to say it, and what it meant scared me to death.
To be extemporaneous means to ad lib - to speak (and presumably, to speak intelligently) without a chance to prepare, at the drop of a hat. Another Merriam-Webster definition says "happening suddenly and often unexpectedly and usually without clearly known causes or…Continue
Leif has great energy and loves what he does. It shows. You want to see him if you're looking to engage others at your next meeting.
"Hey Leif, I had a great time at your event yesterday. You are such a genuine person and put everyone at ease and ENGAGED us so quickly. Thank you for a lovely afternoon filled with tips, information and fun.
Leif.........thanks so much for hosting such an awesome event experience Thursday. The Playformation section of the 2 hours was great fun and really brought the group together as one. I truly felt it was one of the best, if not the best, Biznik events I have participated in. I hope to say connected to you and continue to gain from your knowledge. It was great fun, and I strongly encourage other Biznik members to check it out. Well done
The mark of a true professional is to be open-minded to constructive criticism. You've shown that you listen and process feedback to improve your performance. That's one of the most difficult things to do in business. I respect and admire you for that!
Having attended four of Leif's events, I can say without a shadow of doubt, that Playformation is one of the quickest, easiest and most fun ways to discover and get to know yourself -- your strengths, fears, doubts, hopes, dreams and possibilities -- and to create a new normal.
In early January I read an article by Kate Phillips, that proposed the idea that in order to grow your business you first have grow yourself. "Growing myself" is exactly what I have walked away with after each event, and I am confident that my business will also grow as a result. If you are ready go beyond your own status quo, go to a Playformation session!
I lead networking meetings with businesswomen -- Power Chicks, we're called -- and since attending your WOW event, these event have been even more effective.
Known for being high-energy, they're even better now thanks to your tips on engaging people.. Example: At the last meeting, we tossed a ball around the room; whoever caught it shared one word that described previous networking experience. The result was lots of sharing, loads of laughter and a great "warm-up" to deeper, more authentic connections.
Feedback was so positive. Thanks!
Wow! I didn't think you could top your Playformation event, but the Wow! event was a hit with me. What else is up your sleeve?
You really know how to liven up a group, and how to share your heart in way that inspires others to do the same. Thanks!
This workshop was wonderful. It's a lot of fun and very enlightening. Highly recommend it. I can't see how anyone would be disappointed!
Leif has a way of helping you expand your comfort zone, and it's so safe and fun, you don't even realize it's happening. That's a true gift! Plus, the info you take away will support your business in a myriad of ways. I was at his November WOW! event, and I am coming back for the full-meal-deal on January 23.
Leif is a very inspirational speaker... he cares very much about his students and making sure that everyone gets the most quality information they possibly can, out of each minute!
Leif Hansen is the most pleasant surprise I've experienced in a long time. I attended one of his WOW workshops, how to put more wow into presentations and it was so much more than what the workshop details promised. Leif is very Present, Caring, Knowledgeable, entertaining, and loving. He's not afraid to stretch into whatever is needed to serve his clients. I have a new mentor! Thanks Leif for being REAL.
Leif and George Huang hosted an AMAZING event in October. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was so happy to participate in creative activities, get some useful information, and made connections. Lead-Generation Using Playformation: Busting Through Your Blocks to Attract More and Better Clients.
They offered more than sit/listen and got us out of our boxes! Thank you.
Leif knows how to trigger the creative spirit and whimsical soul of an audience, collectively and individually. He is a master at infusing fun into "games" that inspire and teach. "Playformation" is a must-attend event whenever it is offered. For that matter, any of his events are a treasure in which to participate. Thanks, Leif, for demonstrating how true passion can spark business success.
Leif is a graceful & energizing facilitator! He's terrifically open to the group's collaborative creating - that means that he started the virtual "ego bonfire" we had with his own. :-)
I really loved the workshop. It was a great way for me to identify my business 'blocks' and look at my business flow from a fresh perspective.
The Playformation presented by Leif was outstanding to helping me realize my business blocks and receive good action steps from members. It also helped me get to know other members faster. I loved it.
Leif is a master facilitator, and probably the most "playful" person I know! He's smart and fun and has a real talent for getting others to "play" their way through problems, arriving sometimes at surprising solutions that could not have otherwise been discovered. I have known Leif for years and I recommend him and his work highly!
How great it was to get new ideas and vision for business concerns and issues and to move through them with simple, fun, interactive exercises that left me knowing people in my community better....and wanting to do more of this kind of 'Plurk' (play/work). Leif was a great facilitator. Many thanks!
Leif has created a fantastic NING site for my organisation and we are thrilled to have his ongoing support this year. Each addition he makes really adds value. Thank you Leif!
I would like to compliment Leif on the fabulous workshop today for our group Engage!
Leif is an innovative leader who focuses on helping others achieve greatness! His creative nature really shines in the thoughtful exercises he has developed in order to allow the group to feel comfortable in no time. It really works!
Although we only had an hour and a half to get to know the group and experience something meaningful together it seemed like that after a few minutes I felt like I knew the group on a personal level.
Leif is a gifted facilitator and I feel honored to get the opportunity to work with him!
Leif Hansen and his Improv Troupe were a fantastic add to our Puget Sound Coaches Association meeting. He brought forth the inner value of playfulness and exploration with others to the membership. People were able to stretch their comfort zones and get out of their 'normal' way of showing up to just play and laugh and engage the creative side of their whole self. Thanks you Leif for your ability to create a spark in others as they explore the lighter side of their life.
Loving what you are doing as the social catalyst for biznik. I was already impressed with your ultra-authentic ability to connect and talk with anyone and now I am seeing how you are able to take those rare skills and impact a community and add layers of relevance and interest to a business like biznik. Thanks for your huge contribution and commitment to this community, Leif. It's always fun and surprising to see what you come up with!
Leif's friendly intelligence augments his helpful insight as to how to get a group of strangers, and the 'stranger's' psyche, into new, useful, and sometimes wonderful spaces. I could beat my head against a wall for a year, or 'play' through ONE of these exercises - you can guess which is more fun and productive! Bust your Blocks with Leif sometime soon!
Playformation was such an incredible value. Proof positive that these Biznik events should have fees. It is so important to have creative, collaborative safe settings to explore ideas and receive feedback from others. Even one of the ideas I came away with will have huge impact on my business. Thank you. Richard
I attended Leif's playformation event last night and it was awesome! I went there feeling a little down and doubtful and came out with lots of hope and enthusiasm. Playformation definitely combines fun with growth and that's the way I like it! :)
Leif, I want to be on your mailing list for future events. You're truly gifted!
Your playformation event rocked! You have a gift for creative thought and organizing those thoughts into real business application.
Thank you, Leif, for such a clear, simple and dynamic presentation at the PSCA Tuesday night. I came to the meeting specifically to learn more about social media marketing, biznik in particular. Your energy and audience awareness kept me attentive, and prevented the .PPT yawns. I certainly look forward to learning more as I use the tools you featured.
Leif, I loudly echo my fellow PSCA colleagues in saying you were the highlight of my week with your presentation. I'm on fire for Biznik now, especially given the multi-media vision you presented us. My friends are already sick of listening to me. WOW. Thank you.
Leif, Just listened to the Podcast with Tim Ferriss. Awesome job, nice questions too!
Leif, your knowledge and skills are exceeded only by your generosity and willingness to help others. I look forward to interviewing you on my radio show, which would not be possible without your gentle tutelage. Thanks for helping an old dog learn new tricks.
You did a terrific job introducing the Puget Sound Coaches Association members and guests to Social Media and Biznik last night! Thank you! Your improv touches made our learning fun and interactive and heightened the value of the content you delivered.
Leif, Your presentation to PSCA was very informative and I like your easy style and appreciated your wealth of knowledge. The interactive syle you utilized was inviting and kept me interested. Thanks again, Georgene
Great Energy tonight! You came across as informed and engaged. I'm looking forward to more conversations with you.
That was a great talk introducing the principles of social media to the Puget Sound Coaching Association. I liked the integration of your improv style into the talks as they kept people interested and upbeat.
Thanks, Regis Chapman
Thank you for helping me to understand the "social" aspect of social media at the PSCA meeting. Now I see that social media is more than a technical application. It is truly another way to create and sustain personal and group relationships.
Leif, you are a wealth of information and easy to talk to. You are very knowledgeable and honest and open. I enjoy hearing what you have to say. Thank you for keeping me informed .
Leif, thanks for sharing your vast knowledge with us at the Coaches Cooperative today. You provided great information for us to process and put to use. Your enthusiasm was contagious! Thanks for all you do for Biznik, and for helping to slash a clearer path through the technology jungle.
Leif - I can't thank you enough for sharing just a glimpse of your knowledge with us today at the Coaches co-operative. It was very EXCITING! Jennifer Malocha
I listened to your interview of Van Jones' today and came away completely inspired. It was fantastic - an unexpected and very valuable experience. Thanks Leif.
Leif is one Biznik everyone should know. I’ve attended two of Leif’s workshops, one at BizJam and one he hosted on his own. Both workshops were a lot of fun and were very helpful. Leif is the consummate professional, he’s someone who strives to help his fellow indies succeed, he’s highly creative and is a very kind-hearted guy, too! If you haven’t met him yet, be sure to introduce yourself to him when you get a chance.
The tech tools you introduced to me, Leif, were out of this world!!
Thank you for inspiring us through technology.
Thank you, Leif, for your superior advice and direction for my new podcast. Your practical guidance on how to build my podcast into something profitable for my business is priceless.
'Something Completely Different' was just that....completely different. An awesome way to spend the evening and a great way to break regular ways of thinking and behaving. Leif, thank you for letting me be a part of playformation.
Thanks so much for this much needed break from reality. Your seminar was very powerful and I took away some things that will inspire and contribute to my future successes. I especially liked the Goal exercise as well as the "Gift".
Leif - Your last event was wonderful. I have to say that the "I Like" exercise was the single best exercise of its kind I have ever done. Great work!
I'm not going to pretend to be enlightened...I'm still not exactly sure what the outcome of "Something Completely Different" was supposed to be. What I do know is that Leif's group facilitation style and his energy are unlike any other. I would highly recommend checking out one of his workshops, especially if you want help smiling, laughing and thinking outside of yourself. I'm sure I'll do another one in the future, since I DO want to figure out the secret of it all. :)
Leif's Playformation evening was a wonderful relief from the discipline and irritation of regular life. A great reminder that this point of view is always available and applicable during times of stress. I can see how he chose the name SPARK for his web site.
Leif is a party all by himself. Proof that a person can be serious, thoughtful, highly intelligent and a goofball at the same time. (Respect!)
'Something Completely Different' -- Engaging workshop producing many smiles and tons of positive energy and emotion. Thanks again!
Leif your podcast workshop was informative, met all levels of the attendees, and kept everyone engaged. I would attend any workshop you facilitate. You know your stuff and communicate in an easy, cool way!
Let me know when you do the follow up podcast.
This was a fantastic workshop, I went in not knowing anything and came out ready to excited to play and get going!!! Leif you are a great facilitator and look forward to your other events! Thanks so much!
I really loved your podcast event tonight. It was inspiring and I hope there's a chance to learn more after I explore all the avenues, equipment, feeds, sites and other resources you gave us.
You're a great host/teacher/fella. I bet your main business rocks too. I'll look into it with great interest.
"What kind of alchemy is this? Leif takes 12 strangers and in 5 minutes has us laughing and excited - even though probably half were a bit nervous, first-timers (me, for one). With great play-structures, and a positive, super-funny manner, Leif put us at ease and unleashed creativity we didn't even know we had."
"Even after attending and participating in many improv events I found Leif's workshop to be as fun as ever. He enthusiastically encouraged us to go beyond our preconceived limits of our creativity without judgment or pressure. I loved it!"
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