Looking to motivate your work team? Look no further. The ultimate (work appropriate!) pump up playlist is here, featuring some of our favorite musical squads.Read More
We’re continuing the All Star campaign with another one of our amazing clients, Mo Ormiston. Mo is a real super star for her attendance at 7 of our Public Workshops! That’s a lot of improv, a lot of learning, and a whole lot of dedication to becoming a stronger leader.Read More
This month, we're featuring some All-Star clients on our blog! Meet Kim Magnus, the Regional Vice President of Pabst Blue Ribbon. We asked her about the impact of improv on her team and the power of collaboration! Check out the full blog!Read More
What really makes us laugh, and why? Most ancient philosophers argue that humor stems from scorn or malice and we can only laugh when feeling superior to others. While in theory I feel this has some truth to it, I tend to disagree.Read More
Before beginning my internship at improve it!, I thought improv was strictly part of the comedy world. I had seen a few shows and thought they were funny, but that was all I knew about it. Joining the improve it! team made me realize that using improv and saying “Yes, And” is an invaluable skill for life in general. This realization was even more apparent after I participated in the business improv workshop last month.Read More
Welcome! This week, we're celebrating the "Week of 'No'". (Sometimes it's good to be bad.) Throughout the week, we'll explore ways to harness the power of "No" but still create a "Yes, And" environment around you! This week, we complete our journey with "Yes, And".Read More
Welcome! This week, we're celebrating the "Week of 'No'". (Sometimes it's good to be bad.) Throughout the week, we'll explore ways to harness the power of "No" but still create a "Yes, And" environment around you! This week, we continue our journey with "It's Not 'No', It's Just 'Not Right Now".Read More
Welcome! This week, we're celebrating the "Week of 'No'". (Sometimes it's good to be bad.) Throughout the week, we'll explore ways to harness the power of "No" but still create a "Yes, And" environment around you! This week, we start with "Active Acknowledgement".Read More
This week, we're celebrating the "Week of 'No'". (Sometimes it's good to be bad.) Throughout the week, we'll explore ways to harness the power of "No" but still create a "Yes, And" environment around you! Tomorrow, we start with "Active Acknowledgement".Read More
Take a listen to improve it!'s own Erin Diehl on "The Culture Chat", a podcast from our friends over at WorkXO! Erin and the WorkXO crew talk company culture and how improv fits into the mix. For a bonus, check out Allie Keller's blog reaction to the podcast where she explains how we're all Steaks, Potatoes, or Parsleys. Trust us - it makes sense!
Listen to the podcast here.
No matter your political leanings or beliefs - this inauguration day we're about to embark on a journey to an unknown destination. No matter if you're scared, relieved, excited, neutral, or angry: it's real and it's happening.Read More
Working at improve it! has been quite an adventure. I started out about seven months ago feeling like a small, shy girl having her first real world experience in the work life. And now, I’m sitting here on the last day in the office, feeling sad because it’s the last day, but more courageous, confident, experienced... who am I kidding, the list goes on. I have had so many memorable experiences with improve it!, but I would like to share my favorite parts.Read More
On a very hot, very humid, very gloomy summer afternoon, I was busy painting my room in my new apartment when I noticed a missed phone call appear on my phone screen. The unknown number appeared and I knew right away I was hearing back from improve it! after interviewing for their internship position just two days earlier.Read More
If you asked me, point blank, who are better improvisers - the people i work with in my "comedy" life or the people I work with in my "career" life, I wouldn't even have to hesitate. The "careers" have it.
Hear me out.Read More
How does one step out of their comfort zone? As a young woman, I’m always looking to stay within my comfort zone and stick with what I’m good at. I am definitely not one to raise my hand in class or spit out the ideas in my head. Instead, I sit there wondering if my idea was good enough and if I should even share my opinion. Improve it!’s public workshop certainly helped to push me out of my comfort zone and into the real world of improv, where effective communication and confidence is key.Read More
Public speaking. We’ve all done it and at times hate it, especially me. I’m that girl who stumbles her words, sweats profusely, and shakes as if I were holding a pair of maracas. Talking in front of people is something I’ve never been comfortable doing, but it’s something I know I can’t avoid. Everyone always tells me, “The more you do it, the better you get at it,” which is why I decided to try improv during improve it!’s public workshop.Read More
Every year around the holidays my mother, Mama Booth, slaves away in the kitchen for hours preparing a feast for the entire family and friends; appetizers, mains, desserts, the whole shebang. Every year, she complains after the meal that she’ll never do it again, and yet the following year, she’s back in the kitchen trying out new recipes in an attempt to outdo herself. Mama Booth is the master of large Italian meals. She succeeds because she’s not afraid to take risks and always leaves us wanting more. If you want to succeed in sales and improv, take some notes from Mama Booth.Read More
It’s 2:15 PM on a Wednesday. Your body has molded to your chair and your mind has gone into hibernation mode. Such sweet slumber. Suddenly the shrill ring of your phone jars you awake, your email is invaded by marching red flags, all marked “Urgent”, and your calendar dings a 15 minute warning about the quarterly meeting with your boss. The list of tasks is staggering and the weight of responsibility is overwhelming. What are you to do?Read More
You just moved to a new city where you are out of your comfort zone, nervous and alone. It’s your first day at your new job, and you think you’ve accepted a role that you aren’t quite qualified for. Or maybe you’ve just started a new graduate program and your teacher assigned you a challenging group project.
In all of these situations, you want to build not only a professional network but a new social circle. Where in the world do you start? Here are four ways the art of improvisation can help you overcome your fears, make connections and establish new relationships, all while having fun in the process. Networking is really NETing a new outcome based on the WORK you put in. Follow these four simple tips to help jump start the process:Read More
“So, tell me a little about yourself.” The dreaded open-ended interview question. It’s inevitable. I shift in my seat, cough, and then drone on in a prepared statement about my qualifications, effectively reciting my cover letter by memory. “I AM A HUMAN FEMALE WHO ATTENDED THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND FROM TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHT TO TWO THOUSAND AND TWELVE…” Everything I’m saying is true, but I watch in horror as the interviewer’s eyes glaze over, the corners of their mouth twist into a forced smile, and they sigh, preparing to power through the rest of the interview.
I consider myself to be a somewhat interesting human being, so why do I lose all personality and sense of self when answering this question? I truly struggled with this before I started improvising, but I no longer fear it after applying these three simple improv rules.Read More