Janna Sobel

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Improv & Storytelling Workshops for organizations

Applied Improvisation and Storytelling workshops create rapid change for organizations. Through an arc of playful, easy, laughter-filled games that are tailored to your group's unique needs, these workshops improve relational dynamics: fostering inclusive culture, accelerating innovation, and strengthening collaboration. Unlike some professional development approaches, this work doesn't feel like work. No Power Points or lengthy lectures; participants make real, lasting and useful discoveries through dynamic, joyful play, followed by reflection.


Recent studies by Google identified Psychological Safety as the one condition present in their teams that are the most productive, collaborative, and innovative. This study and others like it confirm what many of us instinctively know about the value of genuine trust and warm rapport between collaborators. But critically, they stop short at suggesting how to foster these conditions. As a 17-year teacher of both Improvisation and Storytelling, I know well that these art forms easily create lasting Psych Safety for groups. And as a teacher in the business schools at The University of Chicago's Booth School and Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, I watch these tools help business people flourish on the regular. 


Normally, I travel to lead workshops in person for teams, departments or entire companies. During social distancing and remote working times, workshops are offered remotely over Zoom, and can last from 1-3 hours, or be spread out over a period of days or weeks. The length, content, and number of workshops are tailored to your needs and parameters. A free 20 minute consultation lets us evaluate the possibilities.


Here are some ways that workshops can bring about change for organizations:


Internal:

  • Strengthen genuine warm regard, trust, and respect among colleagues
  • Embed healthy, welcoming, inclusive culture
  • Improve communication between departments, and between various levels of administration
  • Foster innovative, productive output from creative teams and groups 
  • Prosper individual creativity, initiative and confidence
External:
  • Improve listening, empathy and communication with clients and served populations
  • Strengthen skill and confidence in networking and public speaking
  • Clarify your organization's goals, and bring brand identity into alignment with your values 
  • Use narrative skills to elevate talks, content writing, and pitching

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I look forward to speaking with you!


Janna