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.

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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.

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Team Building with Youth from WorldChicago

Team Building with Youth from WorldChicago

Last week we worked with WorldChicago, an organization that facilitates professional and personal interactions for international leaders during official visits to Chicago through U.S. Department of State exchange programs.

We worked specifically with their youth delegation from South Korea and Japan to enhance this all female group's comradery during their two week stay in Chicago. This group was brought to Chicago to develop a community program to take back and implement in their own communities. We found these women to be supportive, imaginative and know that this great group of women will go on to be top leaders in whatever field they so choose!

This group of young woman surprised us with how creative and fearless they were from the beginning to the very end of the workshop. We could not have been more honored to be a part of their Chicago experience and wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors!

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New Hires at Mesirow Financial "improve" their Presentation Skills!

New Hires at Mesirow Financial "improve" their Presentation Skills!

We had a blast yesterday with the recent hires at Mesirow Financial in our Presentation Skills workshop. These guys got out of their comfort zones and were fantastic participants from start to finish. For some, it was their very first day on the job! We'd like to this think it was a first day they will NEVER forget!

These guys were positive, thought outside of the box and used story-telling to improve their presentation skills. These "superheroes" created abstract stories, practiced the art of saying "Yes"  and mastered the art of the "Chicken Dance." We were so happy to be a part of this experience. Thanks so much for having us, and best wishes to this talented group. You guys, rock!

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improve it! Challenge #3 "Collaboration"

improve it! Challenge #3 "Collaboration"

Welcome to the improve it! challenge! This challenge is all about collaboration and validating others' thoughts and ideas.

Here's how to play: 

1) Watch this 38 second video for this week's challenge
2) Tell us how you used "yes, and" to validate another person's thoughts and offered up a suggestion to take the conversation to the next level.
3) On Friday, September 11th  a winner will be chosen based off their response and highlighted on our social media pages. 

*In addition, all winners will receive a spot for themselves and three friends in our Q4 Public Workshop as well as receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card.*

We look forward to hearing your results!

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improve it! Challenge #2 "Support"

improve it! Challenge #2 "Support"

Welcome to the improve it! challenge! This week's challenge is all about showing support for the people in your professional life. 

Here's how to play: 

1) Watch this 25 second video for this week's challenge
2) Tell us how you've supported your team by focusing on their strengths in the comments section
3) On Friday, May 29th  a winner will be chosen based off their response and highlighted on our social media pages. 

*In addition, all winners will receive a spot for themselves and three friends in our Q3 Public Workshop as well as receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card.*

We look forward to hearing your results! 

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The winner of our improve it! Challenge #1 is... Kristine Porter!

The winner of our improve it! Challenge #1 is... Kristine Porter!

Congrats to our improve it! Challenge #1 winner, Kristine Porter! Kristine is the Creative Director and Trainer for Styling and Staging. Here's how Kristine "Show's Up" for her team: "When I stage houses to sell, I have a few assistants join me to help. When we move the furniture, instead of just discuss out ideas, more ideas seem to "just happen." My theory is "change happens in movement"... which often gives us better ideas than any one of us originally had."

She's what we like to call a "mover and shaker" and accomplishes tasks by showing up and committing 100% to her team and clients. For winning, Kristine will receive a reserved spot in our Q2 Workshop as well as a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.

Thanks so much for playing, Kristine! Keep an eye out for improve it! Challenge #2 where YOU TOO, can be a winner!

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improve it! Challenge #1 "Showing Up"

improve it! Challenge #1 "Showing Up"

Welcome to the improve it! challenge! This week's challenge is all about showing up for your co-workers and peers.

Here's how to play:

1) Watch this 37 second video for this week's challenge
2) Enter your results in the comments section on our blog page by Tuesday, March 24th
3) On Wednesday, March 25th a winner will be chosen based off their response and highlighted on our social media pages. *In addition, all winners will receive a spot in our Q2 Public workshop as well as receive a $10.00 Starbucks gift card.*

We will be showcasing a new challenge each week, and look forward to hearing your results!

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