Janna Sobel



Hello! My name is Janna. I specialize in helping organizations to create thriving, innovative, and inclusive cultures. I use the joyful educational tools of Applied Improvisation and Applied Storytelling to help coworkers communicate, connect, and create beautifully together. You can read more about my work with leaders and innovators through the University of Chicago Leadership Studio, the Innovation Academy at the University of Notre Dame, and with individual companies here.

  • Applied Improv & Storytelling Workshops: I offer playful, interactive, laughter-filled workshops (online and in-person) that let participants make lasting discoveries about relational dynamics. These discoveries are the foundation for smooth communication, thriving community, and real innovation. My workshops leave individuals and teams feeling happier, stronger, more connected, and invested in each other's success. 
  • Private Coaching for Public Speakers: I offer private coaching for people giving talks and presentations. Here, I help people prepare and practice powerful material for pitch-meetings, conferences, public talks and company summits. I work with speakers of all stripes, including executives, engineers and innovators, data-scientists and comedians, heads of schools, attorneys, ministers, TED Talkers, and Moth Grand Slam winners.

I tailor my workshops and coaching to every group and individual, drawing on some primary tools. Created in Chicago nearly a hundred years ago by a social scientist, Applied Improvisation was designed to help a city rise up after a Great War and a Great Depression, and went on to give birth to Saturday Night Live and American comedy as we know it. Storytelling forms old as the hills help strengthen communities while helping people to listen better, grow empathy, and tell powerful, inspiring stories. Performance training that lets actors become flexible and confident in our self-expression also makes for riveting, powerful, inspiring speakers. I share gifts from these disciplines to help groups and individuals thrive at work, while people are having fun. 

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FOR GROUPS

Workshops & Teaming Activities

Skill-building workshops improve group dynamics by strengthening empathy, listening, trust, and respect, which lead to improved collaboration and innovation. Teaming activities deepen connection and joy among team members through regular laughter, play and discovery. 

FOR INDIVIDUALS

Public Speaking & Communication Coaching

Presentation coaching helps those preparing a live or recorded talk or presentation, to have relaxed, genuine, confident presence, and to wield the elements of great storytelling. Communication coaching helps those looking to feel more at ease and confident in dialogue.

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