Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sue Walden, Founder of ImprovWorks!, located in San Francisco, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

People Skills consulting, using the tools, activities, and principles of theater improvisation.

Clients:: companies of all sizes, groups, and individuals who want to build their skills (communications, collaboration, creativity, mental flexibility, dealing with change, etc.)

Tell us about yourself

Have a degree in Education and got hooked on theater improvisation. So combined my two loves and started my own performance troupe and public workshop program in 1978. in 1980, expanded into "Applied Improvisation" -- teaching improvisation for non-theatrical purposes.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Bringing the magic of improvisation and all its many applications to people/groups/companies in 15 different countries around the world.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Early on: the hardest thing is wearing all the hats.. especially the ones that are not part of my skill set...

Later: Delegating.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Partner with someone with a complementary skill set... someone skilled at the stuff you are not strong in.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Have written three books: 2 for applied improvisation ("Working with Groups to Enhance Relationships" and "Yes And Your Mental Agility") and a cookbook ("Simple & Scrumptious)

Where can people find you and your business?


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