Failing at Work : Working at Failing | Jen Oleniczak | TEDxMelville

Thanks! Share it with your friends!


Fail, and fail epically. Fail until you succeed, and then fail again. This isn’t advice generally given during professional development sessions in the office – but it is one of the biggest rules of improv. We think of improv as “making jokes” and “being funny,” when in reality it can be a game-changing disruption to the stagnancy that can so often pervade our professional existence. Through improv, we explore things we tend to consider ‘negative’ and we grow as nimble employees, enhance our listening skills, and become creative, supportive forces that are fully attentive to the task at hand.

Jen Oleniczak is the founder of The Engaging Educator, a NYC-based organization that specializes in speech, improv, and movement workshops and professional developments. With The Engaging Educator, she’s held workshops for institutions throughout NYC and the US such as the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum, New York Botanical Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, NYU, Indiana Historical Society, MFA Houston, Tenement Museum, The Franklin Institute, Bloomberg, UNICEF, Saks 5th Avenue and has also worked with individuals from countless others. Jen can also be found performing improv at the off-Broadway National Comedy Theatre.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at