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Improving Culture, Com​munication & Collaboration

Through Play.

Hello! My name is Janna Sobel, and I use the playful and strategic tools of Applied Improvisation and Applied Storytelling to help groups and individuals build strong community & beautiful relational skills. These skills help teams and leaders to communicate, collaborate, and innovate with joy and authenticity. An 18-year teacher of Performance and Creative Collaboration, I've designed and facilitated programming for The Leadership Studio at The Booth School of Business, The Innovation Academy at the University of Notre Dame, The Innovation Institute, and The Second City


I offer workshops and coaching for individuals, teams, and organizations. My services include:

Workshops for collaborators

Online and in-person, playful, laughter-filled workshops tailored to your group's needs leave colleagues feeling happier, stronger, more connected, and more invested in each other's success.


Coaching for Public speakers

Online or in-person, private coaching makes public speaking a pleasure. Storytellers of all stripes find relaxed, dynamic presence and put words to what matters, making their presentations sing. 

Live Storytelling Classes

Online, I offer live classes to small groups, teaching the fundamentals of great Storytelling. For experienced writers and performers, I offer an ongoing material workshop called Stories from Here.

Speaking Engagements

I've been a guest speaker for WBEZ, Columbia College, The Disruptor League, Young Chicago Authors, The Young Non Profit Professionals Network, and others.


Creative Projects

Ongoing creative community-building projects that use games and story to build thriving, diverse, inclusive community. Come play! :)


“Janna Sobel coaches with great insight and discernment. I'm an excellent public speaker and storyteller, but wanted support on an IT industry presentation for an international conference. We met for two sessions and her insights were profound, and profoundly helpful. I’m in SF and she’s in Chicago, so we met remotely on Skype, which worked fine. My presentation today was joyous, playful, smart, well-constructed, and authentic. I’m grateful Janna came along when I needed her intelligence, compassion, and unerring intuition. Thank you, Janna!”

- Mark Baum, Senior Application Developer at Soliant Consulting 



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