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How an improv class is helping the anxious

An estimated 12% of all US adults experience social anxiety disorder at some time in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you take the current population, that's nearly 40 million people. Find out how an improv class is helping the anxious.

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The Theory of Applied Improvisation

The Innovation Crush podcast provides all the “who-to-know” and “what-to-know” you'll ever need to know. Kelly Leonard joins long-time idea maker and host Chris Denson to talk about Second City’s evolution as a business and how improv often leads to the best innovation.

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Behavioral Science + Improv = Better Communication

A behind the scenes look at The Second Science Project: A collaboration between Second City and The Booth School of Business that blends insights from Behavioral Science with applied improvisational exercises to inform and engage people to be better communicators.

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If Comedy Is Making You Feel Bad, You’re Not Paying Attention

New York Times critic and author Jason Zinoman ultimately makes the case for the power of comedy. ("Comedy has become essential to how we see ourselves.") In the article, Second City Works is referenced as an effective, on-trend way to improve the bottom line.

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The Desperate Need For Authenticity

I had the privilege of representing Second City Works (SCW) at the Training 2016 conference this week, and a single 3-minute conversation will stay with me for quite some time.

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Learn To Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

When I was starting out in Chicago theater I was fortunate to work with some of the city’s more renowned and well respected actors.

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Cultivating Success

Before I came to the big city, I lived in a small town.

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Judgement-Less Creativity

Remember make believe? As kids, the world is a game.

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The Role Of Laughter & Humor In The Workplace

Because I work for The Second City, a lot of people assume all I do at my job is laugh.

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