What Is Spoken Word Poetry?

Spoken word poetry is a raw and engaging performance art form that blends elements of theater and rhetorical devices into an expressive storytelling message. Using skills in creative writing, editing, and public speaking, spoken word poetry remixes traditional communication into a modern and therapeutic way of connecting with yourself and others.

What Is a Mākarshop™?

Mākarshops are customized professional development workshops that teach transferable spoken word poetry communication techniques to participants so they can creatively solve workplace and real-world challenges. 

Each Mākarshop has three parts: a performance, a presentation, and a workshop.*

Performance: To get the audience pumped up, the session kicks-off with a spoken word poetry demonstration that reflects the Mākarshop topic. This showcases the creative writing and public speaking skills participants will learn during the workshop.   

Presentation: An introduction to the Mākarshop topic and discussion on how about spoken word poetry’s transferable communication techniques will be used to address the topic.   

Workshop: An interactive team based creative writing session where participants apply the transferable communication skills they learned.

*Performances, presentations, and consulting services are also available individually.

How Are Mākarshops Different? 

Unlike traditional workshops, which use archaic methods to “push” information onto participants, Mākarshops use spoken word poetry techniques to “pull” information out. This reverse approach allows participants to explore untapped parts of themselves. Mākarshops are fun, engaging, and open participants up by breaking down communication barriers allowing them to share more than they typically would in traditional workshops.

Individuals feel more relaxed in a poetically-crafted, multi-sensory experience. The use of narrative language makes it more memorable. Information retention heightens as words and messages are framed uniquely using rhetorical devices, thereby triggering parts of the brain that aren’t accessed through everyday language.

Mākarshops’ cross-interdisciplinary approach uses spoken word poetry to: 

— Develop a culture awareness and sense of identity.
— Reduce identity stress and anxiety that typically influences communication and behavior. 
— Produce creative communication skills to connect with diverse audiences.

After each Mākarshop, clients receive a written analysis summarizing the findings and insights from the data collected during the event.

Mākarshops Are Great For…

— On-Boarding & New Hire Orientations
— Team Building Staff Retreats
— Leadership Trainings
— Conferences: Kickoffs & Energizers
— Department Meetings

— Wellness Sessions
— Business Pitch & Presentation Trainings

Benefits of Mākarshops

*Since Mākarshops are customized for individual company needs, benefits vary; however,
below are 15 primary takeaways participants can expect:

How to Relieve Work Place Stress
— Understanding Self and Co-Workers
Creating Awareness of Team Culture Needs
— Fostering Intentionality and Empathy 

— Transforming Adversity and Vulnerability to Your Advantage
— Modernizing Communication To Engage Young and Diverse Audiences
— Simplifying and Reducing Your Message to Make It Memorable  

— Developing Engaging Public Speaking Skills
— Sharpening Active Listening and Feedback Skills
— Strengthening Social and Emotional Intelligence 
— Exercising Conceptual Cognition and Imagination Skills

— Learning Unique Storytelling Delivery Skills
— Activating Design Thinking and Meaning Interpretation Skills
— Generating Creative Problem Solving Skills
— Curating Open Dialogue and Conversation Around Sensitive Topics

*Here are some more resources explaining how poetry can benefit professionals.

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