Conversatin' on the improve it! Couch: "Change" doesn't have to be a four-letter word

Conversatin' on the improve it! Couch: "Change" doesn't have to be a four-letter word

Join Allie & Erin on the improve it! couch to chat about change, what it means to them, how "change" is synonymous with small businesses, and a few tips for those going through professional change! 

Feel free to listen in via podcast, or get the highlights from the conversation below!

Curious how to apply the improve it! methodology to your own dreams? Check out our "Initiating Change" DIY Coaching Curriculum here as a part of our improve You! Series.

Read More

Get Your Wednesday Communication Inspiration

Get Your Wednesday Communication Inspiration

Back from the weekend with a laundry list of calls? Let these icons help create some communication inspiration! https://open.spotify.com/user/improveitchi/playlist/09k0Ozlt1xLdMewBVnqSeh

Looking for more than just a dose of inspiration? Master your client communication skills at our Q3 Public Workshop!

RSVP here: http://www.improveitchicago.com/upcoming-events/

Read More

May All-Stars (Part 2): Mo Ormiston, ParkWhiz

May All-Stars (Part 2): Mo Ormiston, ParkWhiz

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

improve it! Intern Update: Abby Provides a Philosophical Take on Her Time

improve it! Intern Update: Abby Provides a Philosophical Take on Her Time

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

improve it! Intern Update: Jenna checks in!

improve it! Intern Update: Jenna checks in!

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

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 4 of 4

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 4 of 4

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

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 3 of 4

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 3 of 4

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

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 2 of 4

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 2 of 4

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

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 1 of 4

The Week of "No"​: How to Harness the Power of "No"​ (and how not to be a j*rk about it...) Part 1 of 4

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

improve it! on "The Culture Chat" podcast for WorkXO

unnamed.jpg

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.

Too Late: Business is Politics is Business

Too Late: Business is Politics is Business

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

Ciao, Roma: Rachel Bids Us a Final Farewell

Ciao, Roma: Rachel Bids Us a Final Farewell

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

Hello, It's Me: Parting Words from Our Intern, Tati!

Hello, It's Me: Parting Words from Our Intern, Tati!

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

The Best Improvisers Aren't On the Stage, They're in the Office

The Best Improvisers Aren't On the Stage, They're in the Office

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 improve it!’s workshop pushed me to step out of my comfort zone

How improve it!’s workshop pushed me to step out of my comfort zone

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

Diary of a Mad Business Woman / Improviser

Diary of a Mad Business Woman / Improviser

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