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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626560471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626560475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Karen Hough is CEO of ImprovEdge, which creates training using improvisation to teach business skills. She is an Amazon bestselling author, keynote speaker, contributor to the Huffington Post, and winner of the Stevie International Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year.

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Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, and has been using improvisation as an engaging learning tool for over 12 years. She is the author of the Amazon #1 category Bestseller, "The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work" published by Berrett-Koehler, and the Yes! Deck, a handy deck of cards packed with exercises, tips and ideas. Ms. Hough is working on her second book which will be published in spring 2014. ImprovEdge received the silver Stevie International Award for "Most Innovative Company of the Year 2012" for Women in Business. She is the recipient of the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding women-owned business, and ImprovEdge is a certified WBE (Women's Business Enterprise). Ms. Hough writes numerous articles for industry media, and has been featured in ASTD's T&D magazine, Mashable.com and BusinessInsider.com. She is a national conference keynote speaker on topics such as executive presence and presentation skills, negotiation, and leadership.
She trained with Chicago's Second City and enjoyed a career in stage and film, performing in over 100 live and filmed productions. Her next life involved working as a successful executive in network engineering, and finally she became an entrepreneur. ImprovEdge has a presence in six cities nationwide and a client list including Turner Broadcasting, Coach and Nationwide Insurance to name a few. She is a graduate of Yale University and La Sorbonne, Paris IV. Ms. Hough is a past board member of KeyBank's Key4Women National Advisory Board and WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development) and is a former board member of Yale's Whim 'n Rhythm Alumnae Association. She volunteers extensively with confidence-building workshops for children and a portion of ImprovEdge funds go every year to Computers for Youth, The Women's Fund and Kiva. Ms. Hough lives with her husband and three children in Ohio.

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I read her first book and just completed this one.
Greg Mack
THANK YOU, Karen Hough for helping me to hit the ball totally out of the ballpark thanks to the advice and inspiration and examples in this book.
Jacquelyn A. Ottman
I know a few co-workers I will recommend this book to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacquelyn A. Ottman on June 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book arrived in the mail one week before I was set to make a major presentation. Wanting to do the best job possible and seeing that the book was relatively short and easy to pick up, I picked it up and literally couldn't put it down. When I did put it down, most of it was underlined and I was energized and excited about recreating my existing presentation, employing all the lessons learned. THANK YOU, Karen Hough for helping me to hit the ball totally out of the ballpark thanks to the advice and inspiration and examples in this book. I thought I knew how to present. Wrong. Now I know how to present. Grab this book Right Away -- and you'll know, too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Burns on May 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I stumbled on a YouTube video of Karen giving a talk and it found it so compelling that I watched several of her videos. Having been in sales for 25 years, making presentations has always been an area of interest. I now teach sales strategy and competitive positioning and push all my clients to Karen's work as the easiest and most effective way make presentations. I also host the Brutal Truth about Sales & Selling podcast and had the opportunity to interview Karen which was both fun and informative. Karen was kind enough to share an advanced copy of the book which is now my handbook on preparing to make a presentation. The book is entertaining and well written, it takes into account that we are all human and instead of pushing us to be perfect, it encourages us to flow with our flaws. Karen's unique background in improv as well as in sales shows that she really knows how to make us all the best bad presenter ever. If you are unsure if this book is for you or just want to learn more check out Karen's YouTube videos or my interview with her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D. on May 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
I love this book! When it comes to presenting everyone thinks they have THE right answer. Well, often times they are wrong. Learn why you shouldn't visualize Bob in Accounting naked or look at the back wall to fake eye contact. In a highly humorous way, author Karen Hough weaves together her deep experience as an improvisation performer and corporate trainer to teach us powerful lessons. The video links in each chapter are priceless. I could have used this book years ago and am definitely giving it to anyone who has even the slightest fear of public speaking!
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This book was recommended by a coworker so I had fairly high expectations. Unfortunately, the book didn't quite meet them. Don't get me wrong, Karen provides excellent advice. But, the style of the book just didn't resonate with me. The book is short, but felt much longer. I think her points could have been made more succinctly. I found the references to 'being bad' somewhat gimmicky. Parts of the book had too much "and then I did this'. Felt a bit like an advertisement. I think the style and the language would have been much more suited to a presentation than a book. In fact, each chapter as a video snippet would be excellent. When it comes to presentation advice, 'showing it' is more effective than writing about it. I suspect a presentation by Karen would be impressive.
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