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Your Top 25 Summer Reading Picks!

Aw, yeah. Our bookshelf is about to look like THIS — thanks to your contributions to our summer reading list.

We appreciate everyone sharing their favorite titles. Wow, you guys are serious readers! We’ve got a great mix of inspirational, intriguing and just plain fun. Now get your beach and pool bags ready…here are YOUR top 25 picks.

  1. The 46 Rules of Genius by Marty Neumeier
  2. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  3. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. Why A Students Work for C Students… by Robert Kiyosaki
  5. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  6. Holacracy by Brian J. Robertson
  7. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
  8. Difficult Conversations by Douglas Stone
  9. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
  10. What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bolles
  11. 1984 by George Orwell
  12. Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
  13. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  14. The Pope and Mussolini by David Kurtzer
  15. Never Too Late: Your Road Map to Reinvention by Claire Cook
  16. The Promise of a Pencil: How An Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change by Adam Braun
  17. Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg
  18. Freakanomics by Levitt and Bunar
  19. SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland
  20. The Nightingale by Kristi Hannah
  21. Once There Was A War by John Steinbeck
  22. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  23. Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
  24. Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
  25. Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins
And cheers to the winner of our random drawing — Lily Zhang. We’ll be sending you a $50 Amazon gift card to get your reading list off to a good start.

Happy Reading! We’ll check in again this summer for your book reviews.

Cheers,
Allison & Elizabeth

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How Emotionally Intelligent Are You?

Spring is the season of growth and there’s no better way to grow personally and professionally than to increase your emotional intelligence (also known as your EQ).

Last month, Allison was invited to participate in a weekly “Coach Chat” session moderated by Carolyn Bergman, Senior Director of Alumni Career Services at Emory University. Nearly 150 alumni signed up to attend “Enhance Your EQ with the Skills of Improv”. Here’s what you missed.

First, Allison defined EQ and explained how it fits into personal and professional development. Next, the group reviewed the core competencies of EQ — self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. To wrap up the session, they reviewed strategies for increasing your emotional intelligence with improv skills and other techniques.

The best part of the webinar was the audience questions! Below is a snapshot of our 5 favorite Q&A moments.

5 FAVE QUESTIONS

1. What are the challenges in using EQ in the workplace?
Remembering to utilize. Part of self-awareness is to be present. So just thinking about self-awareness makes us more aware! However, you must also remember to be aware of what is happening around you and what is happening with others.
2. How do I enhance the EQ of my employees?
Expose them to the concept.  Introduce it to your team or colleagues through discussion, books, training, self-assessments and workshops. We can help with that.
3. How do I amplify my boss’s initiatives without looking like I’m kissing up?
Don’t just say “yes” to their ideas and leave it at that. Say “yes, and.” Take action on their ideas and build upon them.
4. How do I read my senior management team’s EQ?
The best way to read EQ is by observation, listening and being attuned to any of their emotional triggers and behavior. Notice how they respond in crises. That’s a key indicator.
5. How do I “observe myself” in the moment?
Remember to step back and allow sensory input to reach the rational part of your brain. Catch yourself in that moment when you are experiencing a certain emotion and ask, “why or what triggered that?”. Often we have a physical reaction to a certain emotion first – so be attuned to your own body and what it may be telling you about your emotional experience.

If you’d like to bring this Emotional Intelligence webinar to your group, email Allison at allison@dumoreimprov.com to set up a session. It’s great spring training for your team!

Well said, Chewbacca. A man(?) of few words with a high EQ.

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The Million Dollar Improv Question

Summer’s officially here and it’s the perfect time to plan a team building event for your group. Curious how to convince your boss or leadership team that it’s a good idea? Send them these articles that prove it!

How to Think Better, Faster on Your Feet CNN.com

Can Executives Learn to Ignore the Script? The New York Times

Yes, And Improv Techniques to Make You a Better Boss Fast Company

Forget PowerPoint: Improv is the New (Old) Way to Sell Huffington Post

Need more help? We’re happy to hop on a call or set up a face-to-face to help you tell your story. And if all else fails, improvise!

P.S. Join us on Facebook for the Summer of Improv. New improv challenges every week!

CHEERS!
Allison & Elizabeth

Now, wait a minute. Was today the office improv off-site?

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