Learn from the Pros & Cover Your Bases

with Training Programs from ImprovTalk

Team Up with The Pros for Diamond Level Corporate Training Programs!

Former Major League Baseball Pitcher, World Series Champ and New York Hall of Famer, Jim Mecir teams up with ImprovTalk President and Improviser, Ellen Schnur to amplify professional skills for each member of your organization. Inspiring stories from the pitcher’s mound translate directly to important business lessons which are then practiced through interactive group activities. ImprovTalk brings ‘FUN” to hard work and lasting results. Learn More.


Ellen steps off the stage to lead audiences to ditch fear, let go of judgment and seek new possibilities in every career role. Equipped with 25+ years of corporate career experience together with formal improv training from the highly acclaimed Second City, IO (formerly Improv Olympic), and many improv masters, Ellen successfully injects learning with energy, laughter and fun to produce immediate results. Learn more about Ellen.


Jim pitches powerful experiences of adversity, adaptability and resiliency that invigorate the core of work life. Jim was born with a club foot, yet still achieved his dream to be a Major League Baseball player for 10 years. Through Jim’s compelling stories and jaw dropping experiences from the pitcher’s mound, he teaches audiences how to form successful teams and organizations by integrating each other’s strengths and powering through challenges. Learn more about Jim.


Interactive, Engaging & Impactful Training Programs

Our interactive training programs present new skills for the most important aspects of all levels of an organization. Each inspiring story from the pitcher’s mound translates directly to a business lesson and is then practiced through interactive group activities. ImprovTalk’s exercises create a supportive atmosphere that encourages opportunities for camaraderie, creative thinking, collaboration and quick responses. And finally, your audience will walk away with new skills that will leave a lasting impression on their performance.


Energize, educate and engage your company with keynotes, meeting kickoffs, and custom workshops by ImprovTalk.
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Communication & Innovation

Elevate your game by becoming more resilient, adaptable and innovative with clear communication and creative thinking!
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Leadership Training - ImprovTalk

Strengthen your capacity to collaborate innovate and create buy-in with all levels and departments of your organization. Learn More

Team Building - ImprovTalk

Experience how extraordinary teams build strong relationships that result in collaborative innovation, productive solutions, adaptability, and resiliency. Learn More

Women In Power

Heart in your throat, mind racing… Should I? Shouldn’t I? Join our “Yes, And” Adventure to discover some amazing tools, and then, GO FOR IT!
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Sales - ImprovTalk

Increase your emotional intelligence skills to deeply connect with prospective clients to learn how you can answer their objections and solve their problems. Learn More

Customer Service - ImprovTalk

Dodge curve balls with improved communication skills that help reps think quickly on their feet with appropriate responses and excellent customer-service focus. Learn More

Clients Who Love ImprovTalk Training Programs

for Conferences, Trade-Shows, In-Service Days & More

“Your workshop teaches the same principles that Pixar uses to make successful movies and to be a successful company.”

– John Ratzenberger, the voice of Hamm in Toy Story, John in WALL-E and many more Pixar characters. Oh, and of course, Cliff from Cheers!

Additional Testimonials for ImprovTalk

“With Ellen and Jim, it was the most exciting and engaging program we have put on so far in 10 years through this organization. For me, the big thing was understanding and really listening while working with your staff and customers, how do you get them interested and engaged in the conversation? Let them share ideas by using the “Yes&” principles is really where the success is going to come from.”

Brian, New Jersey

“Ellen Schnur led a workshop for a leadership team where I work. It is still being talked about months later! And co-workers who were afraid going in came out wanting to do it again. It was fun, created a sense of team, and brought people out of their shells!”

Jen Ciolino, Dow Corning


“I have taken Ellen’s improv workshop and she is phenomenal! You learn while having fun at the same time!”

Joan Moore, Former Chicagoland Toastmasters District Governor


“I have taken one of Ellen Schnur’s workshops and I LOVED it! I highly recommend Ellen’s work. All great things for people building businesses they love! A great idea for businesses looking to build team skills.”

Staci Page Oien, Business Owner

“At one of my #TEDxIIT events, Ellen Schnur did a fabulous job warming up the audience both pre-show and during the break. They could not have enough of Ellen. Her workshops will change your outlook.”

Amy Segami, Business Owner

“I felt so empowered from Ellen’s workshop. I look at it as a benchmark in my life, and now, it won’t be so hard to get up in front of people!”

Cat Wallace, Engineer

“The seminar today was very enlightening. I got a lot out of it. The biggest takeaway for me was to put on my listening ears. My wife always tells me I need to do a better job of that. It is really hard, day in and day out, to really take the time to shut everything out when someone comes to you in the office, but it is really necessary. I need to act on it.”

Nate, Syracuse, NY

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