Julie Ostrow

As the Humorous Speaker and Communication Coach and Founder of Find The Funny Enterprises (Founded in 2001), Julie trains managers, directors, and meeting planners to effectively use humour and improv skills to improve their critical thinking, communication, and presentation skills.

Julie infuses her Second City improv training with her corporate communications experience to create a unique set of tools to guide organizations to become more cohesive, resulting in a more positive environment, re-inspired team members and increased productivity. As a writer for The Positive Psychology People Blog and having won The First-Ever American Laughing Championship, Julie is sure to infuse positivity, laughter, and levity into her presentations.

Julie’s Blog

Humor in the workplace

Humor in the workplace

Being part of an organization can be exciting. It’s a place to share ideas, collaborate, and feel as though you are making a difference. And, sometimes it can be stressful. Personality conflicts and miscommunication can contribute to stress in the workplace. In some...

Feeling Grateful For This Present Moment

Feeling Grateful For This Present Moment

As I am writing this, I feel tired but content. As I wonder about what to write, I am thinking about how I would rather be in bed on this chilly—yet sunny—day here in the Chicago suburbs. (When it is chilly outside, I love being inside with my cozy socks on while...

Do What Matters To You

Do What Matters To You

Doing what you don’t want to do is a travesty. OK. Maybe that sounds just a little dramatic. But, I have recently been presented with the “opportunity” to assess if and when I am committing to others or other projects that are not in line with what I need to be doing...

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. I believe that. When I look into someone’s eyes, I can sometimes feel their soul and I can sense how they are feeling. I am not claiming to be a psychic or a mind reader. I believe that the eyes send messages...

Taking Goodness For Granted

Taking Goodness For Granted

As I was sitting here thinking of what to write, the words, “taking goodness for granted” popped into my mind. Not knowing exactly what those words meant, I decide to just start typing and see what would land on the page. I know I am not the only who has the ability...

Try Kindness, It’s Fun

Try Kindness, It’s Fun

It really isn’t that hard to be kind. Yet, I see people struggling to put a smile on their faces. I understand that everyone has struggles and sometimes they are experiencing grief, sadness, and a heaviness of weighted burden in their lives. What I want to say here is...

Give Your Best Then Let It Go

Give Your Best Then Let It Go

Anticipating an outcome can make you feel happy and hopeful. Yet, holding onto and worrying about an outcome can damage your psyche, can cause you to lose sleep, and can create unnecessary stress. I will admit that, sometimes when I make a decision, I think about it,...

The Satisfaction of the Checkmark

The Satisfaction of the Checkmark

The satisfaction of getting something done. I love the feeling of accomplishment—big or small. I recently purchased large dry erase sheets that easily adhere to the wall. They make checking the to-do boxes even more fun. And, using bright, colourful dry erase markers...

There’s no judgment in grief

There’s no judgment in grief

A friend of mine, whose husband died less than a year ago was recently asked, “How long are you supposed to keep grieving?” I was compelled to share my reaction to the question. My first answer was, “What a stupid question. That is all I have to say about that…for...

Be The Light, Be The Beacon

Be The Light, Be The Beacon

How do you keep on being positive when you encounter or work with someone who is negative? Being with someone who exudes the opposite of your positive, bubbly, hopeful, optimistic attitude is challenging. At one job I was told not to laugh. No, I did not work in a...

Smile. Release. Surrender

Smile. Release. Surrender

Smile. Release. Surrender: Words I heard during a yin yoga class I recently attended. The process of this type of yoga is to hold poses for a minimum of 45 seconds to about 3 minutes. Sometimes it feels like we’re holding poses for an excruciating 10 minutes. If you...

Release and Focus

Release and Focus

Release and Focus. My two words for 2018. What worked last year? What didn’t work? I made a vow to myself to leave whatever didn’t work in the past year. Although I look back and see what didn’t work, I also ask myself, “What did I learn from those experiences?” When...

A Bumpy Ride Can Lead to Smooth Sailing

A Bumpy Ride Can Lead to Smooth Sailing

It all depends on what you decide to look at, hear, enjoy, and focus on. It was a bumpy ride with delays, bad weather, deplaning, more delays, and more bad weather. Although we had clear skies in Memphis, storms were at full force in Chicago. And, so, we were forced...

Changing The Messages In Our Heads

Changing The Messages In Our Heads

Playing old messages in my head makes me sound like a broken record. Negative messages I heard growing up rear their ugly heads when I am facing (mental) stumbling blocks or when I’m on the verge of greatness/accomplishing a goal. These ugly voices (I call gremlins)...

The Art of Connection

The Art of Connection

I’ve heard it said that the eyes are the window to the soul. And, I believe—and have experienced—that making eye contact with a stranger or friend creates an instant connection. Lately I’ve been hearing more about disconnecting from technology to connect with...

Getting Lost is Good for the Soul

Getting Lost is Good for the Soul

Admittedly, I allow too much of my day to be caught up in doing, doing, doing. It seems I am constantly Judging. “What needs to be done?” “What did I do?” “What didn’t I do?” Judging, questioning, and doubting catapults me out of the present moment and into either the...

Recollection of Gratitude

Recollection of Gratitude

A strong feeling of gratitude washed over me as I was talking with a friend recently about how much it seems parents today do so much for their kids. Yes, my parents helped me out when they could but when I was going through college and after, I was very much on my...