My name is Allie, and I'm a Networking Introvert 👋

My name is Allie, and I'm a Networking Introvert 👋

A common comment that comes up while I'm walking someone through one of our workshops is:

"This sounds great for all you extroverted performers who like to be onstage all day, but how am I going to pitch this to my [fill in the blank] team? They're all too shy - they'll never be onboard for something like this! Have you ever done this workshop with introverts?"

I take a dramatic pause for effect, and then I bring it home for the big reveal:

"As a matter of fact - we have done this workshop with shyer groups. Some of these workshops were even developed by an self-described introvert. Me!"

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Sammi Signs Off: improve it!'s Latest Intern Heads Into the Workforce with Some Lessons Learned

Sammi Signs Off: improve it!'s Latest Intern Heads Into the Workforce with Some Lessons Learned

Nowadays college and internships go hand in hand. What better way to learn about being in the real world? You are afforded all of the opportunities that come with experiencing being a working (in my case) woman while still having the safety net of college to catch you if you fall. However, internships are not just something to put on your resume. They are intended for students to learn all that they can.

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Conversatin' on the improve it! Couch: Unlocking Your Internship Potential

Conversatin' on the improve it! Couch: Unlocking Your Internship Potential

Join Allie, Erin, and VERY special guest Jenna on the improve it! couch to chat about their internship experiences, how they persevere through “intern” tasks in their daily life, what qualities make for a good intern, and what all interns should know before they start their first day! 

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 "Unlocking Potential" DIY Coaching Curriculum here as a part of our improve You! Series.

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A Word from Nicole: The improve it! Intern Files

A Word from Nicole: The improve it! Intern Files

I’m on the Red Line heading towards the loop, listening to a podcast and hoping I remembered to lock my apartment before I left. I’m on my way to work. But interning with improve it! never felt like work to me, and I’ve always felt funny calling it that.

Click the link to read more about Nicole’s experience as an improve it! Intern!

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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.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Workplace Experience

5 Ways to Improve Your Workplace Experience

Spring is all about second chances and growth. Although, with the upcoming warm weather, it’s easy to let your head get stuck in the clouds, dream the days away, and let your work pile up. Do not fall for this trap! All you’ll be doing is inducing an stress-ache (stress headache), and a couple sleepless nights.

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Conversatin' on the improve it! Couch: Using Active Communication and Learning How to "Walk the Walk"

Conversatin' on the improve it! Couch: Using Active Communication and Learning How to "Walk the Walk"

Join Allie & Erin on the improve it! couch to chat about why "Effective Communication" is our most popular workshop, how they "Walk the Walk" with their internal team, and their communication role models.

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 "Active Communication" DIY Coaching Curriculum here as a part of our improve You! Series.

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The Importance of Reliance

The Importance of Reliance

We’ve all been there. It’s the middle of the week. Assignments are piling up and Friday seems so far away. You feel the stress creep up on you like an itch you can’t scratch when suddenly, a coworker approaches your desk with an earnest smile and quizzical arch of the brow and asks you, “How’s it going?”

What is your response? Usually a modest “fine” or even “great” but never the truth. Why is that?

 

Click the link below for the 5 benefits of honesty in the workplace - in gifs, no less!

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Workplace Appreciation (As told in Gifs!)

Workplace Appreciation (As told in Gifs!)

Hello people of the interwebs! Today, I want to chat about workplace appreciation.

Why workplace appreciation? Well, I’ll tell you why! February is a strange month. It’s around this time that we start to lose sight of our New Year’s Resolutions, fall prey to the common cold, and grow tired of the constant snow. It becomes easy to focus on the negative and, with the prevalence of social media and constant communication, it’s easy to compare yourself to others and feel like you are missing out.

Is a job that once left you feeling excited and motivated now beginning to feel like a chore? Are you unsure of how you fell into this mindset and desperate for a way out? Have no fear! With these five reminders, you’ll be slinking out of that workplace slump in no time!

Click the link to read on!

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Values, Goals, and 2018 Actions: Grab a Seat on the Couch with Allie & Erin!

Values, Goals, and 2018 Actions: Grab a Seat on the Couch with Allie & Erin!

Join Allie & Erin on the improve it! couch to chat about what values make the office tick, how they set (and celebrate!) goals, and how to turn your visions into a reality. (SPOILER ALERT: The answer is hard work and persistence).

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 "Confidence in Change" DIY Coaching Curriculum here as a part of our improve You! Series.

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Graduate from being a boss, be a mentor

Graduate from being a boss, be a mentor

In the varied experiences that 22 years have given me, I’ve found some great bosses; but I had never had the privilege of experiencing a mentor in the workplace (hint: until improve it! Came along). As it turns out, there’s a pretty big difference.

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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.

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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.

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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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