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Training Magazine
Training Magazine Features Karen Hough

Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, wrote a three-part article series for Training Magazine about how to prepare, engage and act to manage difficult conversations in the workplace.

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Thrive Global
How to Thrive as an Extremely Busy CEO and Parent

Thrive Global interviewed ImprovEdge CEO, Karen Hough, who shared her thoughts about how she handles being an extremely busy executive and a great parent.

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Columbus Business First
Brooke Cartus named to Columbus Business First 40 Under 40

Our Director of Sales and Senior Facilitator, Brooke Cartus, was recognized by Columbus Business First as one of 40 leaders under the age of 40 who has demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement.

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Inc.
The Key to Speaking with Confidence

In this article on Inc.com, Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, says that presentations are all about what we do with our bodies. The trick is to make yours have impact.

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Association for Talent Development
Managing Change Through Improvisation

ATD interviews ImprovEdge CEO Karen Hough about her book, Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change.

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Harvard Business Review
The Work Conversations We Dread the Most

Harvard Business Review quotes ImprovEdge CEO, Karen Hough, about how to have difficult conversations.

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Training Magazine
Training Magazine Features Karen Hough in their “Soapbox” Section

In this article for Training Magazine, Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, shares how and why to “Show Up For the Leaders in the Room.”

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Huffington Post
Break This Presentation Rule: Your Purpose Is to Give a Good Presentation

Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, shares on Huffington Post how and why to break this presentation rule and win over your audience.

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Authority Magazine
Strong Female Leaders from the C-Suite

Authority Magazine interviewed ImprovEdge CEO, Karen Hough, about 5 Leadership Lessons she has learned from her experience as a strong female leader.

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C-Suite Network
The Female Insight Zone: Corporate Training with an Improv Twist

Host Dr. Maribeth Kuzmeski, PhD on the C-Suite Network interviewed ImprovEdge CEO Karen Hough who shared how the improv abilities she practiced at Second City led to the business she runs today.

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Louisville Business First
Funny story: Improv actor comes to Louisville to teach you how to work a room

Louisville Business First interviewed ImprovEdge CEO Karen Hough before her morning keynote at the Integrating Women Leaders conference in Louisville.

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Inc.
4 Speaking Tricks That Work Every Time

Inc. Magazine asked Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, to share how to ditch the podium, stop scanning the wall, and connect with your audience.

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Huffington Post
Women Should Take A Seat At The Table, Literally

Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, writes for Huffington Post about the importance of women not only taking their seats, but practicing what it’s like to be there.

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Smart Business Magazine
Think Like An Improvisor to Drive Big Ideas

Smart Business Magazine features Karen Hough’s ideas about innovation, gender differences, team equity, and more.

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Columbus Business First
Practicing improv on the business stage: It's not the same as winging it.

Columbus Business First interviewed Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, about her two decades in business using improv as the training catalyst.

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Inc.
12 Must-Read Book Recommendations From Millionaire Entrepreneurs

A good book is every successful entrepreneur’s constant companion. Inc.com features recommendations and reviews from millionaire entrepreneurs, including Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge.

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CEO Spotlight Radio
CEO Spotlight Radio Features Karen Hough

Karen shares her journey with CEO Spotlight Radio as a 20+ year business owner as well as tips for improvising your way to the top.

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Columbus CEO
Innovation Spotlight: ImprovEdge

Columbus CEO Magazine talked with ImprovEdge about their growth and innovative training programs.

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Columbus Dispatch
CEO Q&A: ImprovEdge’s improv techniques help others think, learn on their feet

The Columbus Dispatch interviews Karen Hough about her book, The Improvisation Edge.

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Independent Book Publishers Association
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award

Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over by ImprovEdge Founder and CEO Karen Hough has been named Gold honoree in the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards.

Lawrence Journal World
Principles of improv theater apply to business and industry

LJWorld.com writes that Keynote Speaker Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, raises money for hometown nonprofit organization.

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My Corporation
Entrepreneur Advice From Expert Business Owners

Karen shares advice with My Corporation about entrepreneurship.

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National Speakers Association
Karen Hough Certified Speaking Professional Certification

ImprovEdge CEO, Karen Hough, receives Certified Speaking Professional® (CSP) Certification from National Speakers Association.

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Cbus Chic
Improve Your Business

CBUSChic.com features ImprovEdge.

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Entrepreneurs of Columbus
Entrepreneurs of Columbus

In this interview with Entrepreneurs of Columbus, ImprovEdge CEO, Karen Hough, shares a turning point in her business, what the city of Columbus means to the business, and much more.

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Huffington Post
Karen Hough on Huffington Post

See all articles by ImprovEdge CEO Karen Hough on Huffington Post.

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Mashable
Creative Constraint: Why Tighter Boundaries Propel Greater Results

In this article for Mashable, ImprovEdge CEO, Karen Hough, explains how boundaries can actually boost creativity.

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Authority Magazine
5 Things You Need To Know To Successfully Manage a Remote Team

With over a decade managing a virtual team and over 8 years training virtually, Authority Magazine interviewed ImprovEdge CEO, Karen Hough, for this article called 5 Things You Need To Know To Successfully Manage a Remote Team.

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Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change

Go With It: Embrace the Unexpected to Drive Change is culled from decades of working with business innovators. Teams caught up in old patterns of thought and action? With improvisation, they can prepare, play, and think upside down to find new and innovative answers. The author shows how anyone can learn to be more creative, innovative and better at managing change. It just takes flexibility, humor, and focus that’s improv.

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Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over

One reason public speaking is such a nightmare for so many people is that they think they have to be “perfect.” They drive themselves crazy trying to conform to all sorts of handed-down rules that tie them up in knots and put their audiences to sleep. Karen Hough says you can throw out those rules, relax, be yourself, make “mistakes,” and connect with your audience much more effectively than the guy with the impeccable PowerPoint slides.

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The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work

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How critical is trust? In a world that has been rocked by governmental and corporate ethics violations, it is the single most important factor in successful careers and relationships. This book combines over a decade of research and work in the field of improvisational learning and how it builds trust.

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Yes! Deck: Seriously fun business tools to help you get unstuck

The deck is divided into four suits, packed with activity cards. You’ll find simple exercises and tips that range from creating an elevator pitch, to negotiating with a client, to getting your team involved in a fabulous and productive meeting. Develop your personal skills, work with a partner, or challenge your entire team. However you cut it, you’ll benefit from getting out from behind your desk, flexing your mind, and looking at your work and life in a whole new way.

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Breaking News!

ImprovEdge was selected as a Grand Prize Winner in the Virtual WBENCPitch Pivot Award Program for our innovative response to COVID-19. Thank you everyone who voted us through to the finals where Karen Hough, CEO of ImprovEdge, got to pitch in front of the all-star panel of judges, including Allstate, the partner for WBENCPitch Pivot.