Continuing this mad experiment, I’m expecting great things from our next interview guest, Charlie Allenson. He’s a New York City consultant who teaches improv comedy techniques to improve business and communication skills. What’s not to like? He is HR Hardball™ member Charlie Allenson.

  1. First of all, what’s so damn funny?

The US government allowing chicken growers here to sell their chickens to China to be processed so the Chinese can sell them back to us for our consumption. Gives new meaning to the phrase, “Tastes like chicken.” Or does it? I’m thinking about going vegetarian.


“I dunno…the man said get in line.”

       2. How can the ability to improvise be taught? What about the stiffs?

Anybody can be taught to improvise. Even the “stiffs.” The exercises I use focus on active listening and paying attention – learning to be more self-aware of your own listening and mental processes. The more tuned in you are to how you listen, think and react the better you can “improvise” a better solution to a problem or answer to a question that occurs in a situation with a fluid dynamic.

       3. If LinkedIn had the ability to play a theme song whenever someone viewed your profile, what song would we hear when accessing yours?

Bruce Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own.”

4. You see professionals from all walks of life ~ what nugget of wisdom would you throw out there for HR Hardballers?

Listen to others. Pay attention. Be inclusive. Don’t answer with your ego.  And as my dad used to say, “Never overlook the opportunity to keep your mouth shut.”

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