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

May 20, 2020

“Instead of thinking of your failures as #fails – why not think of them as gifts? What did you learn from the experience? What could you gain?” - Erin Diehl

Each week, your failed it! podcast host and improve it! founder Erin Diehl, will take you on a comedic journey that flips the “highlight reel” of Instagram on its head and shows you the grit, creativity and determination it takes to overcome your disappointments, embrace the suck, and design the career you’ve only dreamed about. 


Being in quarantine has given us time to start new things and/or finish projects, but have you been hesitant in starting something because you think you might fail? In this episode, host Erin Diehl will show you how celebrating and sharing your failures can help you process, learn, and appreciate the mistakes. It is within these failures that you can find your life’s greatest gifts.

Welcome to failed it!


Today, Erin discusses three ways on how you can celebrate your failures.

  • [2:49] Sound familiar?
  • [4:37] The pandemic shows our more authentic selves
  • [5:08] The message behind the smile
  • [6:55] Reality
  • [7:28] 3 ways to help you celebrate your failures
  • [7:49] Fails are our presents to the world
  • [11:16] Erin’s celebration of fails aka gifts
  • [12:33] Action item
  • [13:00] Episode 2 with Haley Bohon offering affordable classes
  • [14:05] improve it!’s WFH (work from home) membership
  • [16:41] “The person that we become is due in part to the lessons we have learned over time, and most of the lessons have been learned through failure”
  • [17:08] Write your failure resume! 
  • [18:39] Failures mean you tried
  • [18:46] Shout out Brene Brown
  • [19:21] Come fail away with me
  • [21:13] “Sharing our struggles create connection and community”
  • [21:46] Take a pic with your failure resume and tag us using #faileditpodcast
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    • Facebook: @improveit
  • [22:06] Recap
  • [22:34] Take a screenshot and share on social
  • [23:06] Always remember, you have to fail in order to improve


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 @learntoimproveit on Instagram and facebook, and you can follow Erin here on Instagram. We can’t wait to connect with you online!