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Katie Goodman

Katie Goodman

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Award-winning comedian, author and motivational speaker best-known from TV and for her YouTube videos.

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Keynote speaker Katie Goodman’s charisma and confidence put people at ease while encouraging personal acceptance and growth. She is an inspiring, talented and hysterical presence. Renowned for her keynotes on how to use the tools of improv comedy in everyday life, Katie is able to present keynotes that are applicable to all industries and areas, from leadership issues to innovation in the workplace.

“The goal isn’t to keep chaos or change from happening—because it’s all unpredictable. The goal is to practice improvising through life, so you become flexible and courageous and can handle anything.” – Katie Goodman

Katie is an award-winning comedian, speaker, and author. Katie’s work in comedy has amassed over 3 million online views. She can be seen on Showtime, TruTV, and, more often than she would admit, in line getting a mocha latte with extra, extra whipped cream. Katie literally wrote the book on using improv comedy to improve your life (No, seriously, click here).

Her show “Broad Comedy” plays Off-Broadway. Her mix of her love of self-help and comedy lands her career somewhere in between Samantha Bee and Deepak Chopra. Her work has been celebrated by Arianna Huffington, Leslie Stahl, Time Out New York, and her Pilates teacher in Brooklyn who says she is “getting better.” Besides her own book, Katie’s writing can be seen In O Magazine and The Huffington Post. Katie holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania and was nominated for the MacArthur Genius Grant for her work in theater. She got beat out by the astrophysicist who discovered the multiphase liquid behavior of nuclei, but better luck next time.

Through her training and speaking, Katie has taught over 10,000 people how to use the tools of improv comedy in their lives to handle absolutely anything and to be more creative and courageous, and confident.

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Authentic Leadership

Have you ever had that moment when you’re laughing together at work and you think, “This is why I like working here.” As leaders, it’s our authentic moments of sharing and humor that make us relatable and allow us to build trust quickly and deeply with employees. These are the moments when they see who we really are. In this interactive keynote, you will learn to connect with the most authentic part of yourself so that you can better engage with people as a leader at work and in life.

Special virtual keynote by speaker Katie Goodman

Outside The Box, Inside The Budget

Everything we’re used to has changed. Like any rules of improvisation, constraints actually help us be more creative. They offer boundaries and limit our choices, helping us avoid overwhelm.

Audience takeaways:

  • Katie will show you how to look at your changing budget and new work restrictions as useful tools to keep your creativity flowing during this time of uncertainty.
Special virtual keynote by speaker Katie Goodman

Collaboration While Social Distancing

Building our changing future is all about collaboration. Katie gives participants the chance to explore new ways of collaborating virtually that will benefit them in deep and meaningful ways.

Audience takeaways:

Katie will put energy and fun back into your interactions (even if you’re having all your conference calls over zoom!), ensuring strong connections and a vibrant company while apart.

Special virtual keynote by speaker Katie Goodman


Allowing for Safe & Creative Risk-Taking: Improv games and exercises teach us how to become someone who is comfortable taking creative risks for our business, entrepreneurship, and personal lives. Nothing exciting or new happens in business without creative risks.

Audience takeaways:

  • How all businesses are being called upon to work in new and innovative ways. Katie will teach your employees how.
Special virtual keynote by speaker Katie Goodman

Get Lost

Crucial for business and for our personal lives. Katie will lead you through learning how to actually love the stages of being lost and the thrill of coming out the other side with new ideas and ready for action.

Special virtual keynote by speaker Katie Goodman

Women Stealing the Show

Women’s insights are changing the business world. Now is the time to know the power of your ideas, and to trust what you have to offer.

Audience takeaways:

  • Women’s workshops and keynotes in an all-female atmosphere give women a safe and fun place to practice finding their voice… and use it!
Special virtual keynote by speaker Katie Goodman

Gag Your Inner Critic

Our Inner Critic keeps us from reaching our potential and living our best life. In a company, it keeps people from taking creative and innovative leaps, from supporting each other, and slows down progress.

Audience takeaways:

  • We can learn to transform our Inner Critic to a helpful Inner Coach that blazes the way for our personal growth and allows us to show up fully and reach our potential.
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What are typical reasons your clients want to learn to use improv comedy in everyday life?

Desperation! I’m semi-kidding, but they are frustrated with feeling blocked creatively, not feeling self-confident, and fearful of taking innovative risks at work or in life in general. The tools of improv are applicable to all areas of life and work.

My clients want to connect with each other better, feel confident enough to share ideas, to collaborate better, and also to get their brains working in a way that allows for innovation for their businesses to grow.

How do you prepare for speaking engagements?

Well the irony is it’s improvised to a large extent (I’d better practice what I preach!) and each speech is geared specifically to the company or organization or conference I speak at, so I generally just need to learn about the group and what their difficulties are intrinsic to their field.

So for example, a group of software guys who need to train strangers on their software wanted to learn how to quickly break the ice and connect. A nursing conference all experienced burnout and had struggles with collaboration in the emergency room. A major bank’s women traders didn’t feel confident speaking up at staff meetings. Each group can use these tools of improv in a unique way so I learn about the group and gear my talk directly toward their needs. It’s easy because these tools really translate across the board.

Can you give three tips to individuals struggling with being their authentic selves?

Here’s the thing: if you get accolades and praise for being someone you’re not, it’s going to feel hollow and so what’s the point of that? If you are authentically YOU, then it’s going to actually make you proud when you succeed. Have a chat with your Inner Critic. Why aren’t you able to be authentic? What are you afraid is going to happen? That you’ll be excluded? Generally when you are authentic you find your way to people who appreciate you and then you’re going to be much happier, more effective, and ultimately more successful. But I have a whole book on this, so grab it and dive in!

Who or what inspires you most?

People who think outside the box. Playful people who love life and can really connect with others. One of the most important things we need now globally is connection, understanding differences and embracing all kinds of people. We need creative solutions to a huge number of problems from climate change to economics to refugee crises. Allowing ourselves time for inspiration to bubble up is so important.

What got you interested in comedy?

I think I’ve just always loved how comedy allows us to step back and see things with greater clarity. By definition we are getting perspective on something when we laugh at it. I started in theatre, not stand-up, so I was inspired by comedy in live settings but with a story and characters. I loved sitting in a room laughing with complete strangers. It was a a good way to feel alive.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?

Arianna Huffington’s Thrive event was remarkable in that it was filled with people all wanting to help other people grow and change the world. I also liked when I spoke at an Inbound Conference, and I spoke after Michelle Obama. Down the hall in another room, but I started out by saying Michelle Obama had just opened for me!


Why Your 50s Rule and How To Make Yourself Believe That

I’m sitting here watching the Olympics with a bottle of Advil in one hand and a fairly decent wine in the other, as they talk about how distressingly old the 35-year-old athlete is and what a marvel it is that she can still stand without, you know, her knees breaking or her hair falling out […]

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