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Improvise This!: How to Think on Your Feet so You Don't Fall on Your Face Hardcover – March 13, 2002
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Maybe I got [pulled] into the idea that (1) I like improv comedy, and (2) I'm always interested in some self-improvement. But I get to laugh and learn everyday just by showing up at the office at 8:00 a.m.
If you are in a serious, stuffy workplace that could use some fun and constructive play, this book might be more enjoyable than it was for me.
The authors give us inspiring examples of humor in the workplace, and a series of excerises to loosen up even the most button downed office. They manage to give sound advice while keeping tongues firmly in cheek. I found it an easy read, perfect for the airplane.
This is a great beginner's book for Improv in the workplace. Now,I would love to see a more in-depth work from this joyful team. Improvise This! has whet my appetite.
It is also a witty, fun and playful reminder to trust our instincts and tap into the natural creativity that we are born with. A definite must have on your book shelf!
Successful business people are adapt to the constant changes in their work environments, taking advantage of new opportunities and letting go of those that become stale. They enthusiastically engage the task of the moment, listen actively to others, trust both their own instincts and the sensibilities of their teammates, and build onto the ideas of others to create improved ideas...all elements required for successful improv theatre, as well. The authors are careful to detail ways in which these elements can be transferred to and applied in employee's work and personal lives.
Across eleven chapters, the authors provide detailed directions for 15 improv exercises adapted for business and life. Ten of those are designed for individuals (fairly rare in the training and development world). These include activities for breaking the inhibitions to risk-taking to innovative brainstorming approaches to having fun with telemarketers. (True, this last one seems to be unfair to the hapless telemarketer...but truly embodies spontaneity.) The group activities will develop skills in active listening, building on the ideas of teammates, and trusting your teammates. Other activities written into the narrative round out the ideas you can take, use, and adapt for yourself.Read more ›
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Great book; I got this copy for my mom. Tons of great insight; will definitely stay on my shelf!Published 11 months ago by P. Morr
Very laid back but thorough explanation of the foundations and techniques of improvisation which can apply to all areas of ones life making life much more interesting and fun.Published on November 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Know your material and be yourself for god's sake. This is the best I've reviewed to date. Thanks MarkPublished on September 27, 2005 by Roger vanFrank
I was hoping to find some activities in working with groups and with improvisation. I wanted to find some tools to improve my own skills in improv. Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by Daniel R. Moirao
I pull this book off the shelf so often that I'm thinking of naming it and teaching it to fetch. As an acting teacher, I not only find the games energizing and useful for my... Read morePublished on April 4, 2003 by Bill Coons