As a 16 year teacher of improvisation and storytelling, Janna greatly enjoys tailoring this work to individual clients and organizations. Outside of teaching regularly for The Second City Training Center, she has been a workshop leader or speaker for 72U, The Improv Retreat, iO Chicago, Colombia College Chicago, NetSuite, LinkedIn, Cardinal Health, Young Chicago Authors and Gilda's Club Chicago. She was the Keynote Speaker for the 2017 Congress of The I&M Canal National Heritage Area, gave the Sunday sermon as a guest speaker at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple in Oak Park, and has been a returning participant at ORD Camp. Following are some ways that you or your organization can work with her. All offerings are intended to strengthen the communities she serves, and to increase individual creative freedom.
Private Coaching for Public Speakers
Janna's speaking clients include comedians, professional storytellers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, a TED Talk speaker and a Moth GrandSlam winner. A private session with Janna helps speakers to identify and articulate the core truth of a story, and to structure a piece in a way that inspires, entertains, and moves an audience. Coaching also fosters relaxed, powerful, genuine stage presence.
Workshops for Organizations
Tailoring a workshop to meet a specific group's needs, Janna draws from a broad range of improvisational games and exercises that create rapid positive change. Whatever an organization's needs may be (improving group collaboration, incorporating storytelling skills into professional practice, identifying core values, etc.), workshops build trust, improve listening, and increase joy and high-regard among colleagues. Participants make discoveries through play and reflection rather than through lecture, and the time spent is relaxing, supported and fun.
Intuitive Treasure Hunter
A group game-form created in 2005, Intuitive Treasure Hunter
is an unparalleled way to build positive relationships among teams, increase joy, relieve stress, foster fresh perspectives, and promote new levels of creative intuition. The game has recently been tailored to be shared with private organizations.
Janna has been honored by invitations to speak to different groups over the past year, on a range of subjects from the power of storytelling, to creative intuition, to healing, to positive community building. A newer form of engagement for her, it is one she profoundly enjoys.
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"I had a brand
new team of people with widely ranging backgrounds who would be collaborating
intensely for 3 months. I brought Janna in the first week to help the group
bond, practice being vulnerable, and build off each other’s ideas. In a
fearless and nurturing way, Janna lead the team through a series of exercises that
created an incredibly supportive environment which allowed each person to share
their creativity and be vulnerable. Because of seeing each other this way, the team
was solidified. Janna had a profound effect on each person individually and on
the group dynamic - setting the tone for how we’d work. She was the first
of 25 guest speakers we had with us over the course of 3 months, and when I
asked the team who stood out and really made an impact, it was Janna’s workshop
they said would stay with them the most."
-- Maria Scileppi, Director 72U/72andSunny
"Janna's Intuitive Treasure Hunter is one of the most joy - causing exercises I've ever seen in practice. It causes people to slow down and connect and let synchronicity work it's way to them. DO IT IF YOU HAVEN'T - I've watched over a hundred folks now try this and come back with awesome stories to share."
— Tara DeFrancisco, Director of The Nest Theater and The Improv Retreat
"Janna’s coaching made crafting my personal stories such a joyful process. She listened deeply and cared about the life of my story. Her humor and insight made the process rich and fun. Through her perceptive attention, Janna helped me mine my story’s meaning for both me and my audience. Her mind is like a camera lens; she is able to change the angle and focus to help me see multiple aspects. By the end, I felt prepared and no longer anxious. Thank you Janna."
-- Carol Kaufman-Kerman, Storyteller & Story Educator