The Second City

Renowned Improvisational Comedy Troupe

From the world-famous The Second City Theater that gave us such famous comedic actors as Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and Steven Colbert comes a proven and innovative training methodology that builds the skills necessary to make companies successful.

  • The Second City`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects The Second City`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

  • The Second City`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects The Second City`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Comedy from Your Couch: Virtual Improv Show

Human beings are social animals and the need to come together as a group is never as important when we are distanced from the people we work with. Our personalized improv show can give your team the opportunity to connect, interact and laugh together all at the same time...

Human beings are social animals and the need to come together as a group is never as important when we are distanced from the people we work with. Our personalized improv show can give your
team the opportunity to connect, interact and laugh together all at the same time. We will work with your team to personalize the experience: having fun with your specific work culture, leadership and company in-jokes. Successful teams need their team members to feel a sense of belonging and support. Second City Works’
personalized improv show is a great way to inspire your work teams through shared laughter.

  • Keep morale high
  • Show your teams you care about them
  • Increase team belongingness

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Improv Social: It Is Time for an Online Social Mixer

Remember the days when we would have corporate outings to escape rooms and axe-throwing? Second City has a way to bring your team back together – but at a safe, virtual distance. Improv Social is 90 minute session that runs once a week for three weeks. ...

Remember the days when we would have corporate outings to escape rooms and axe-throwing? Second City has a way to bring your team back together – but at a safe, virtual distance.

Improv Social is 90 minute session that runs once a week for three weeks.

Facilitated by a certified Second City instruction, your group will play a series of improv games (Whose Line Is It Anyway?-style) that will bring laughter, energy and community back into your team.

● LENGTH: 90 Minutes once a week for 3 weeks
● PARTICIPANTS: Up to 20
● LOCATION: Individual computers via Zoom webinar platform

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Collaborative Communication

This workshop teaches the direct applications of Team building and Creativity. It will unpack subjects such as: “yes, and” to build collaboratively, listening to understand, managing the message, having each others’ back, business etiquette, and team building...

This workshop teaches the direct applications of Team building and Creativity. It will unpack subjects such as: “yes, and” to build collaboratively, listening to understand, managing the message, having each others’ back, business etiquette, and team building and goal re-orientation.

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Leading for Innovation and Change

At Second City Works, we take a unique, improv-based approach to developing more creative, inclusive, and inspiring leaders. Participants will build their skills and receive feedback in a variety of areas, including: using “Yes, And,” the language of collaboration...

At Second City Works, we take a unique, improv-based approach to developing more creative, inclusive, and inspiring leaders. Participants will build their skills and receive feedback in a variety of areas, including: using “Yes, And,” the language of collaboration, adapting in the moment, breaking down silos, and rapid idea generation.

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Innovation and Creative Thinking

This keynote will get audience members to brainstorm through improvisation to generate and filter new ideas, break down “no” thinking and let “yes, and” flourish- giving each idea its day, collaborate to produce more creative thinking, and build team ...

This keynote will get audience members to brainstorm through improvisation to generate and filter new ideas, break down “no” thinking and let “yes, and” flourish- giving each idea its day, collaborate to produce more creative thinking, and build team dynamics that make failure a valuable component of the innovative process.

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Storytelling

Our written and stage work has made us experts in the fine art of telling stories, as well as improvisation. Especially effective with sales teams, our Storytelling programming provides tangible tools to make sure your audience is paying attention. Identify the ...

Our written and stage work has made us experts in the fine art of telling stories, as well as improvisation. Especially effective with sales teams, our Storytelling programming provides tangible tools to make sure your audience is paying attention.

  • Identify the Hero
  • Start in the Middle
  • Find the Transformation
  • Cultivate the Details, then Cut the Clutter

 

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Presentation Skills

Audience members will learn: Voice, gestures, pacing, eye contact Building confidence as a presenter Reading the audience and adjusting message and delivery Using emotion and passion to persuade and connect Adjusting to form ...

Audience members will learn:

  • Voice, gestures, pacing, eye contact
  • Building confidence as a presenter
  • Reading the audience and adjusting message and delivery
  • Using emotion and passion to persuade and connect
  • Adjusting to form factor (phone, in person, etc.)
  • Speaking with passion and selling ideas

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Diversity and Inclusion

We believe Inclusion is a skill that can be practiced and improved in organizations. We take the same skills that create successful improvisers and leverage them to build more inclusive behaviors. Being Other’s Focused Resisting Labels and ...

We believe Inclusion is a skill that can be practiced and improved in organizations. We take the same skills that create successful improvisers and leverage them to build more inclusive behaviors.

  • Being Other’s Focused
  • Resisting Labels and Assumptions
  • Creating Dialogues, not Monologues
  • Moving Forward

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Harassment and Bullying

Participating in an inclusive environment Being aware of personal/professional boundaries Reporting: How to have a conversation about a difficult topic (instead of a difficult conversation) Verbal Harassment vs. respectful communication ...

  • Participating in an inclusive environment
  • Being aware of personal/professional boundaries
  • Reporting: How to have a conversation about a difficult topic (instead of a difficult conversation)
  • Verbal Harassment vs. respectful communication
  • Making assumptions or leveraging stereotypes

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About Keynote Speaker The Second City

From the world-famous The Second City Theater that gave us such famous comedic actors as Dan Ackroyd, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, and Steven Colbert comes a proven and innovative training methodology that builds the skills necessary to make companies successful. Whether in a Keynote format for large audiences or smaller breakout workshops, Second City Works delivers interactive, engaging, and entertaining sessions that continue to exceed the expectations of their varied client base. Subjects include Collaborative Communication, Using Yes, And to build innovative cultures, Storytelling, Presentation Skills, and Leadership Development.

In addition to interactive Keynotes and workshops, Second City Works uses comedy, improvisation and digital content to help hundreds of global clients deliver key messages to their customers and employees. Drawing on The Second City’s 55-year legacy of engaging audiences with smart, incisive comedy, Second City Works supports meetings and conferences by creating custom sketches and content that supports presentations and meeting messages.

Not forgetting their roots in pure entertainment, Second City Works performs improv-based shows for corporate audiences, which includes “The Best of Second City” and customized shows written specifically for the company’s audience, industry, and culture.

The Second City learning philosophy is the focus of a popular book by Tom Yorton and Second City executive vice president, Kelly Leonard titled, Yes And: How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration, which is published by Harper Collins.

Testimonials

“Second City provided a fun-filled and positive afternoon of team building and collaborative learning through the use of humor and “yes and” exercises and provided our team with walk-away tools for improved business conversation.”

DuPont

 

I think a program like this one should be given to all new employees hired in MetLife. It would be very beneficial and very worthwhile.

Workshop Participant

MetLife

LOVED THIS!!! Such a refreshing way to learn new sales skills.

Workshop Participant

Phonak

We are confident that the work the Second City Works team did through the session will impact the behaviour of members of our group going forward. I certainly find myself starting sentences (at least in my head) with “yes, and”!”

Donna

Vp & General Counsel, BMO Financial

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COVID-19 special virtual keynote fees are available for webinars. Fees listed above are for a live keynote – Please ask your advisor for special pricing on virtual keynote / webinar fees.

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