1 hr 3 min

The Magic of Improv with Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of Insights & Applied Improvisation at Second City Works Mission Daily

    • Self-Improvement

“The great thing about creative work is that it actually thrives in constraint.” — Kelly Leonard
Today, Chad is joined by Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of Insights & Applied Improvisation at Second City Works. Kelly originally started off as a production assistant (aka dishwasher) in 1988 and worked his way up at The Second City. By 1992, Kelly had risen to the role of Director of Sales and was the assistant to the Executive Producer of the show. Since starting with Second City, Kelly has produced work with talents such as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Keegan Michael Key, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, and many others. 
Kelly finished his first book, titled “Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration,” which is all about the magic of improv and how we can use the practice in our day to day lives. 
“I really think why improvisation is so powerful is it’s literally human being practice. It’s getting in a room, making eye contact, saying some words, maybe saying gibberish and finding a way that we can understand each other, learn from each other and, most important, co-create with each other,” says Kelly.
On this episode, Chad and Kelly take a deep dive into improv, why it is the core of what it means to be human and how we can use the practice to enhance our own creativity and connection with each other.

Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios.
If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right! 

“The great thing about creative work is that it actually thrives in constraint.” — Kelly Leonard
Today, Chad is joined by Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of Insights & Applied Improvisation at Second City Works. Kelly originally started off as a production assistant (aka dishwasher) in 1988 and worked his way up at The Second City. By 1992, Kelly had risen to the role of Director of Sales and was the assistant to the Executive Producer of the show. Since starting with Second City, Kelly has produced work with talents such as Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Keegan Michael Key, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, and many others. 
Kelly finished his first book, titled “Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration,” which is all about the magic of improv and how we can use the practice in our day to day lives. 
“I really think why improvisation is so powerful is it’s literally human being practice. It’s getting in a room, making eye contact, saying some words, maybe saying gibberish and finding a way that we can understand each other, learn from each other and, most important, co-create with each other,” says Kelly.
On this episode, Chad and Kelly take a deep dive into improv, why it is the core of what it means to be human and how we can use the practice to enhance our own creativity and connection with each other.

Mission Daily and all of our podcasts are created with love by our team at Mission.org. We own and operate a network of podcasts, and brand story studio designed to accelerate learning. Our clients include companies like Salesforce, Twilio, and Katerra who work with us because we produce results. To learn more and get our case studies, check out Mission.org/Studios.
If you’re tired of media and news that promotes fear, uncertainty, and doubt and want an antidote, you’ll want to subscribe to our daily newsletter at Mission.org. When you do, you’ll receive a mission-driven newsletter every morning that will help you start your day off right! 

1 hr 3 min

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