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Return to Civility: A Speed of Laughter Project Paperback – December 1, 2007

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About the Author

John Sweeney wears a lot of different hats. He owns the nation's oldest satirical comedy theatre, he's an author, an improviser, a corporate trainer, and a keynote speaker.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Aerialist Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976218429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976218425
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As the owner and director of America's oldest comedy theater, Brave New Workshop, John has honed his powers of improvisation to ignite cultures of innovative behavior within America's biggest businesses including Microsoft, PwC, General Mills & United Health Care.

Featured across countless media platforms including Inc, Forbes and Financial Times, he uses his scientific understanding of how human behavior is influenced, to implement simple but groundbreaking tools such as 'Yes and...' and 'The Big 5' so you too can be at peak innovation fitness.

But the driving force behind Sweeney's success are the results he helps clients achieve by effectively bridging improvisational theater skills and behaviors to the workplace through his speeches, training and writing. His improvisational insights have resonated with a broad spectrum of forward-thinking business leaders from some of the most innovative and largest companies in the world - ensuring every level of the organization is operating within the mindset of discovery.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Miller on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Anyone that's got a clue in Minneapolis knows the Brave New Workshop and what they do so well - improv and sketch comedy about the funny observations in everyday life. I've been a fan for years (the Holiday Show is a must-do) and even hired John Sweeney in 2004 to present at our annual conference.

I picked up this book in December 2007 (when I ran into the BNW to pick up their new bootleg DVDs) and I love it. It speaks the truth about the respect and civility that is draining from our everyday life, and that so many children are not being taught today. I am going back to buy 6 more copies, to give one to each of my nieces and nephews, as they graduate from high school and go out into the real world. A little common courtesy goes a long, long way in life.

Thank you to John and the BNW stafff for speaking about it! See you at the next show!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Wadsworth on January 1, 2008
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Too often in public spaces our co-inhabitants are not thinking but reacting. The reaction lacks consideration for all of us around the offender. I wish I had a copy of this book with me every time the cell phone addict attempts to check out of a retail store while carrying on at least two conversations. I gave copies to all my friends for entertainment and immediately one of them purchased ten more to give to his in-laws!

Jim-Western Bloomington
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MLW on May 22, 2008
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Return to Civility: A Speed of Laughter Project

This book will surprise and amaze you. Every page has kind and thoughtful surprises that will make the people you encounter smile and be glad for the moment you've shared. I bought one for my granddaughter and 8 other friends. This is Minnesota Nice in an inspirational little book which I love!
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By Anne Vanderkooi on January 9, 2011
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I gave a copy of this book to all of my older grandchildren - with the hope that they will remember the value in being kind, thoughtful, and courteous in actions and words. Easy read - in snapshot blurbs...
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