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improve it! Podcast – Developing Teams and Leaders Through Play, Improv & Experiential Learning

Nov 25, 2020

“We all have things on our plate. How we look at that food and how we allow it to nourish us is completely up to us. If you feel those fails start to pile on, I want to encourage you to look at them as gifts. Give thanks to them – because I promise you they will serve you at your next meal.”  - Erin Diehl


Failed it! Fam: When the world stopped during this pandemic, we had a whole lot of re-evaluations and had to ask ourselves lots of questions. As we prepare for Thanksgiving, Erin stops and reflects on the #fails she successfully overcame through food puns. Listen to this episode as Erin gets deep while “opening the yearbook” and talking about what she was able to accomplish this year despite all the #fails. Remember, failure is the gift that keeps on giving! So how can you be thankful for the fails that 2020 unexpectedly threw your way?

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Failed it! Fam: If you liked today’s episode, please head over to iTunes to rate us and give us a review. Your review helps us share the #fails of the world, so we can all learn from these “gifts.” Week by week, we unwrap the stories of fails’ past and present, and we’ve got a lot more “giving” to do! Your support means the world.



About Erin Diehl:

Erin Diehl is the founder and Chief “Yes, And” officer of improve it! and host of the failed it! Podcast. She’s a performer, facilitator and professional risk-taker who lives by the mantra, “get comfortable with the uncomfortable.” Through a series of unrelated dares, Erin has created improve it!, a unique professional development company that pushes others to laugh, learn and grow. Her work with clients such as United Airlines, PepsiCo, Groupon, Deloitte, Motorola, Walgreens, and The Obama Foundation earned her the 2014 Chicago RedEye Big Idea Award and has nominated her for the 2015-2019 Chicago Innovations Award.

This graduate from Clemson University is a former experiential marketing and recruiting professional as well as a veteran improviser from the top improvisational training programs in Chicago, including The Second City, i.O. Theater, and The Annoyance Theatre.


When she is not playing pretend or facilitating, she enjoys running by the lake and patio dinners with her husband and son, and their eight pound toy poodle, BIGG Diehl.

You can follow the failed it! Podcast on Instagram and facebook, and you can follow Erin here on Instagram. We can’t wait to connect with you online!