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August 29, 2012updated Jul 16, 2015

Funny Business: How to Win an Audience with AKA New York

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Serviced residences brand AKA is currently offering improvisation classes at New York’s Magnet Theater as part of its Live It! program. AKA guests can attend customized personal workshops or eight-week classes, learning skills such as improv, character building and the principles of performing.

Through the art of improvisation, participants develop the confidence to hold a captive audience and make others laugh, while enjoying the health and social benefits—laughter reduces stress, boosts the immune system and strengthens relationships.

As well as sharpening comic timing, residents also learn skills such as public speaking, increased confidence levels in conversations and the importance of laughing more themselves. Business travelers who often lead company-wide presentations will find themselves better at organizing ideas quickly and capturing the attention of their audience. Some of the transferable skills taught include learning to commit 100 percent to all decisions, listening to others before forming a response and specifying details in conversation.

The partnership between AKA and Magnet Theater further enhances AKA Live It!, a program providing residents with opportunities to fulfill their dreams. Specializing in stays of a week or longer, AKA offers residents ample time to learn a new skill, harvest a talent or achieve a goal. From gastronomy and fitness, to art and culture, the Live It! program gives guests the opportunity to pursue their passions.

AKA, a division of Korman Communities, is a growing collection of luxury serviced residences in prime urban locations. Currently AKA owns and operates properties in: New York City (4); Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Arlington, VA and London (opening fall 2012).

Across the brand, architecturally inspired spacious accommodations, which range from studios to two-bedroom penthouse suites, offer the privacy of a luxury residence infused with hotel services. While each property is unique and has distinct resident offerings, all feature the AKA brand standards and amenities of: a lounge, a cafe, fitness centers; full-service business centers with meetings space and complimentary high-speed Internet access; en-suite dining; same-day, valet dry-cleaning and laundry service; 24-hour front desk assistance; dedicated doormen, concierge services and full-time, on-site management and maintenance. All suites include top-of the-line kitchens, contemporary furnishings, luxurious bathrooms, meticulous housekeeping; extended digital cable with HBO, DVD players, and Wi-Fi access. Personalized service is a hallmark of AKA.

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