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142 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Everyday we deal with the unplanned and the unexpected - from a broken toaster to losing (or gaining) a major client. Our natural ability to improvise gets us through. But we feel as if we're winging it, rather than acting with courage and conviction. Robert Poynton teaches an acclaimed method to some of the world's biggest brands and companies. Skills that an improv actor might use on stage are honed and applied to the everyday business of work and life. The end result is a new approach that embraces change as a natural process and has creativity and innovation at its heart. With killer games to put the theory into practice, Do Improvise will help you: become more productive without trying harder; overcome creative blocks and generate new ideas; and respond fluently to circumstances beyond your control. Not sure what to do next? Improvise.
Business Library
viii, 275 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
  • Content. Preparation ; Architecture ; Techniques
  • Delivery. Voice ; Posture and movement ; Face and eyes
  • State. Body ; The mind's eye ; Beliefs
  • High-stakes situations. Courageous conversations ; Crisis communication ; Using technology
  • Finding your voice and making it heard. Creating a personal vision ; Relationship dashboard ; Collaboration and innovation.
A practical and empowering guide to public speaking and becoming a more effective communicator in all areas of your life.
Business Library
159 p. ; 20 cm
  • Say yes
  • Don't prepare
  • Just show up
  • Start anywhere
  • Be average
  • Pay attention
  • Face the facts
  • Stay on course
  • Wake up to the gifts
  • Make mistakes, please
  • Act now
  • Take care of each other
  • Enjoy the ride.
Shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges.
"In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors. Let's face it: Life is something we all make up as we go along. No matter how carefully we formulate a 'script, ' it is bound to change when we interact with people with scripts of their own. Improv Wisdom shows how to apply the maxims of improvisational theater to real-life challenges--whether it's dealing with a demanding boss, a tired child, or one of life's never-ending surprises. Patricia Madson distills thirty years of experience into thirteen simple strategies, including "Say Yes," "Start Anywhere," "Face the Facts," and "Make Mistakes, Please," helping readers to loosen up, think on their feet, and take on everything life has to offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor."--Publisher's description.
Business Library