Janna Sobel



Hello! My name is Janna, and I use the joyful and strategic tools of Applied Improvisation and Applied Storytelling to help individuals and groups communicate and create better together. I specialize in helping people build the relational skills necessary for productive innovation and collaboration, through play. You can learn more HERE about my ongoing work with innovators and leaders within companies, and at The Second City, The University of Chicago Leadership Studio, the Innovation Academy at the University of Notre Dame.


Some services I offer: 

  • Applied Improv & Storytelling Workshops: Online or in-person, I facilitate playful, interactive, laughter-filled workshops that strengthen community and let participants make lasting discoveries that foster smooth communication and real innovation. My workshops are tailored to your specific goals, and leave colleagues feeling happier, stronger, and more invested in each other's success. 
  • Private Coaching for Public Speakers: I offer private coaching for people giving talks and presentations. I help people of all stripes-- including executives, engineers, data-scientists and comedians, heads of schools, attorneys, ministers, TED Talkers, and Moth Grand Slam winners-- prepare and practice beautiful presentations for pitch-meetings, conferences, public talks and company summits. We have fun. :)

Workshops and coaching are tailored to each group and individual, drawing on some primary tools. Applied Improvisation was created in Chicago nearly a hundred years ago by a social scientist, 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 is available to everyone. I share gifts from these disciplines to help groups and individuals thrive, 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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