I’m a big fan of improv. When it’s done well, it’s an art. I learned a lot about it during my years in field marketing—and I still use the techniques every day. Not the funny stuff, but the conversation steering. You’d be amazed how useful it is.

I’ve taken part in 2 sessions with Dumore Improv. They’re an Atlanta based duo who put on some the best corporate training you’ll ever see. They work globally, so if you ever need someone to for a training, check them out. Plus, ATL is a hub and flights are cheap. Fly ’em in. Totally worth it.

They’re the subject of today’s 100.

1 How to navigate to yes
2 You don’t have a bad story. You’re just telling it wrong
3 When you set your partner up for success, you do yourself a favor
4 Speaking lessons learned from the worst conference I ever attended
5 For mid-level managers who want to wow their CEO
6 If it’s good enough for Pixar, it’s good enough for you
7 How to tell stories the Disney way
8 Improv. It’s like “improve” without the e. (Or stuffy office clichés.)
9 The number one mistake most people make when presenting
10 People like funny. Here’s how we do it.
11 Agility exercises for your brain
12 Good communication takes effort. Doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
13 “Yes, and” the shit out of your next meeting
14 People will always remember your style
15 Learn between laughs
16 You might scoff at first, but when you get your boss to say yes tomorrow, you’ll believe
17 In The Moment presentation skills
18 For executives who wish their meetings ran better
19 If the whole world took this class, communication would be a lot better
20 Learn improv techniques (without the years of practice)
21 Faking your way to funny
22 Think outside the banana
23 “Whose Line Is It Anyway” skills for 9-5’ers
24 Learn how to give all the feels
25 Yes, And: 2 words that change everything.
26 How to tell your story better
27 Unscripted brilliance
28 Strong communicators practice, practice, practice
29 How listening will make you a better speaker
30 So much fun, you may not even realize you’re learning
31 The most fun you’ll have while learning
32 Silly lessons you can use every day
33 The “Wow, I just got them to say yes!” communication class
34 Yup. You can present like a TED-talker
35 Keep your brain on its toes (eeew, brain toes!)
36 How to win at talking
37 Team building without trust falls
38 Bad presenters, raise your hands
39 The “Whose line is it anyway” class for corporations
40 Learn the communication techniques employed by funny people and presidents
41 You may be picturing your audience naked, but have you thought about how they’re seeing YOU?
42 Even if they don’t remember your presentation, they’ll remember you
43 For people who want to communicate better
44 The first rule of improv is to never say no.
45 What your body language is really saying about you
46 The easiest way to get someone to say yes is to make them think it’s their idea
47 Becoming a better presenter is as easy as one, two, four
48 Good presenters aren’t born. They practice.
49 It’s amazing what happens when you listen
50 How to be the best conversationalist in the building
51 The “Wait, I actually learned something REALLY useful!” silly business class
52 Not sure what to do with your hands while speaking?
53 Get the real laugh. Not the ” because you’re the boss” laugh.
54 Right brain thinking for left brained executives
55 You’ll be a more confident speaker in just 2 hours
56 How to be spontaneous without combusting
57 The number one technique for getting people to say yes
58 Are you still presenting like a moron?
59 Good improv isn’t (just) about being funny. It’s about effective communication
60 Just because you talk a lot doesn’t mean you’re good at it
61 How to convert a shitty idea into a great one
62 Improve without the “e”
63 How to turn your presentation into a Pixar movie
64 The team building event your staff will actually like
65 The fastest way to Yes is Yes, And
66 Get to the yes
67 Funny is as funny does
68 Storytelling for middle-management
69 Improving tough conversations
70 Improv training for dummies (and smarty pants)
71 2 little words that will change your life (and get people to agree with you)
72 In just 2 hours, you’ll be the best presenter in the building
73 If you had come to us first, that conversation with your boss might have gone a little more the way you thought it would
74 Forecasts call for brainstorms
75 Nobody plans on making a shitty presentation
76 The most fun you’ll ever have in a meeting
77 If presenting to a room full of strangers scares you to death, you’re in the right place
78 Nobody thought I could get the boss to  take us to a comedy club. So I brought one to us.
79 You don’t have to be funny to be good at improv
80 Listening for dummies. Speaking for experts.
81 How to make good decisions on the fly
82 How to make difficult conversations easier
83 Are they only laughing because you’re the boss?
84 Yes, we have a PowerPoint deck. But it has pictures of puppies!
85 Active listening, innovative thinking
86 Improv training for regular folks
87 The presentation game-changer
88 The communication class for people who kind of want to be funny
89 Learn how to present about absolutely anything
90 Improv techniques to make your life easier
91 Give a presentation no one will ever forget (on purpose)
92 The 2 most useful words in business (and how to use them at home)
93 More fun than your on-boarding orientation
94 It’s not about being funny. That part just happens.
95 Helping white collar execs loosen their tongues
96 Team building skills you can actually use (No trust falls!)
97 After you learn to think on your feet, it doesn’t matter where you’re standing.
98 “I never realized how many speaking mistakes I was making until I took this class”
99 It’s not (just) about being funny
100 11 improv tips I wish my last boss had known
101 The communications class that makes HR nervous
102 Learn to be prepared
103 You have a good story. You’re just telling it wrong.

Overall: Pretty decent. There are some very usable lines here.

Lesson: It’s waaay more fun to write about something you’re interested in. I used far fewer formulas and pulled from my experiences. It was motivating to know this could help people I like. Best out of the 5 so far, I think. Let me know if you agree. Comments welcome!

I wrote nearly half of the lines without looking back at the website—which, in hindsight, was a mistake. I need to focus more on being concise and useful rather than forcing the creative.

Maybe I’ll revisit this one later.

Also, if you’d like to see me tackle a particular topic, let me know. Sometimes choosing a subject is just as hard as writing the lines.  (No, no it’s not. That’s not even remotely true.)

Total time: Lost track. Sorry! I started this one last night, then came back and finished it over 3 short sessions throughout the day. Much less draining and a night of sleeping on the ideas results in better work. I’m going to do this more often when I can. I’d estimate about an 1:05