Laugh, Learn, Play: Transforming Leadership

Erin Diehl
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In this invigorating episode of The Left of Boom Show, prepare to be entertained and educated as we explore the unconventional intersection of improv comedy and leadership. Hosts Phil Wilson and Michael VanDervort are thrilled to welcome Erin Diehl, a dynamo of creativity and innovation in the professional development world. Erin, known for her infectious energy and unique approach to education and growth, brings a fresh perspective on how humor and playfulness can revolutionize workplace dynamics.

Erin Diehl, a self-proclaimed Business Improv Edutainer, Failfluencer, and Professional Zoombie, has an exceptional talent for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Through her company, improve it!, Erin has challenged the status quo of professional development by incorporating elements of improv comedy to foster environments where laughter and learning coexist harmoniously. With a track record of getting over 30,000 professionals to partake in a chicken dance, her methods are anything but conventional.

In today’s discussion, we dive deep into the power of improv to combat burnout, enhance self-love, and promote selfless leadership. Erin shares her journey of creating Improve It!, her philosophy behind blending comedy with education, and how embracing failure can lead to substantial personal and professional growth.

Additionally, get ready for some of Erin’s top comedy recommendations, which promise to entertain and offer valuable lessons in life and leadership, and learn a bit about her best-selling book, I See You!

Whether you’re a leader looking to inject some fun into your team dynamics, an HR professional seeking innovative professional development ideas, or simply in need of a good laugh paired with insightful takeaways, this episode is for you. Join us on The Left of Boom Show for a memorable ride filled with laughs, learning, and the liberating power of saying “Yes, and” to life’s opportunities and challenges.

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Erin Diehl

Founder and CEO, ImproveIt

Erin “Big” Diehl is a Business Improv Edutainer, Failfluencer, and Professional Zoombie. Through a series of unrelated dares, Erin created improve it!, a unique professional development company that pushes others to laugh, learn, play, and grow. Among her many accolades, Erin is most proud of successfully coercing over 30,000 professionals to chicken dance. Erin Diehl is a graduate of Clemson University, and a former experiential marketing and recruiting professional as well as a veteran improviser from the top improvisational training programs in Chicago, including The Second City, i.O. Theater and The Annoyance Theatre. Erin has spoken on global stages both virtually and in person - with companies like Uber Freight, Walgreens, Motorola, LinkedIn, and The Obama Foundation (to name a few)! She is a member of The Chicago Innovation Awards Women’s Cohort and graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. She is also the proud host of a Top 1% Global Podcast, “The improve it! Podcast”, which you can find anywhere you listen to pods! When she's not playing pretend or facilitating, she enjoys walking on the beach with her husband, son, and eight-pound toy poodle, BIGG DIEHL.