Having big emotions is usually seen as a detriment in professional environments, and so many of our workplaces have become increasingly sterile. We end up feeling like dispassionate robots, at best, or dissociated zombies, at worst. And many of us have learned the hard way that ignoring our emotions doesn’t make them go away -- it pressurizes them into an unpredictable powderkeg. How to defuse it before it goes kaboom? Learn to feel and harness the full spectrum of your emotions, and develop your ability to use them effectively. Turn negative tension into productive creative tension. Start today.
Billie brings together nearly two decades’ worth of design thinking, innovation-boosting methods and insights, which combine with somatic embodiment and assertiveness training as well as creative arts inspiration to pack an exciting, transformative punch. In her lively, interactive sessions, you will get in your body, move, laugh, and learn -- or re-learn -- how to feel big things, and how you and your team can ride those powerful waves in a way that is professional, but also exhilarating, productive, and a little bit badass.
This content can be introduced in a compelling one-hour TED-talk style lecture, though it’s most effective as a single or series of fun interactive workshops. A more targeted session is available for creative teams (designers, engineers, writers etc) to apply these techniques specifically to improving critique and iteration of collaborative creative work.
Billie Mandel is a design strategy and leadership geek with a social science background, and nearly two decades of leading and teaching teams of software creatives – UX designers, researchers, content people, product people, front-end developers – the folks who figure out what to build, why, and how to make it amazing. She is a partner at Design Equation, where she leads the coaching and education component of the business, and is a lead design instructor at General Assembly in San Francisco.
Billie does a fantastic job highlighting the importance of tapping into real human emotions in the workplace. The fact is we're not robots, we're humans, and it's important to leverage our human emotions and strengths at work. Billie walks the group through "how to feel big things, and how you and your team can ride those powerful waves in a way that is professional, but also exhilarating, productive, and a little bit badass." Love it! Great example of the value of strengthening soft skills that are so important for productive teams. Highly recommend.
Billie is THE most reliable and empathetic instructor I've ever seen. Over the past year, I've had the pleasure of watching her students open their hearts to new experience and channel their emotions into their design work. Her warmth and compassion radiate with every word she speaks. I cannot speak more highly of this woman! You come to this workshop hoping to become a better designer and collaborator, and you leave having become a better person.