Improvisation for the Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy

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Sourcebooks, Inc., Aug 1, 2008 - Self-Help - 272 pages
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"A practical, fascinating, and funny guidebook. I've already begun applying hints from
Improvisation for the Spirit, and I'm hoping that from now on, when people point and laugh at me, it will be for more appropriate reasons. A delightful read, filled with wonderful strategies."

- Martha Beck, Life Coach Columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine, and author of Steering by Starlight

Wish you could gag your Inner Critic? Feeling blocked creatively? Want to make a big change, but fear taking the leap?

Comedy improv requires quick thinking, collaboration, getting out of your own way, and being in the moment without being a perfectionist. Katie Goodman, an internationally touring improv comedian and comedy writer, uses her witty and encouraging style to show you how to acquire the skills of improv comedy and apply them to every aspect of daily life. Along the way Goodman shares hilarious and insightful stories from her experiences onstage, as well as step-by-step exercises from her popular self-discovery workshops and retreats. Packed with creative, original, and, most importantly, fun exercises, Improvisation for the Spirit offers a truly transformational guide for anyone wanting to get more out of life.

"Bottom line: Katie is funny. She teaches you to live your life like an improv scene - no fear and fully committed."
- Wayne Brady, improv comedian, Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Don't Forget the Lyrics

"Katie Goodman's writing fl ows and then jumps with anecdotes and prescriptions for finding courage. Fun to read, hard to put down."
- Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes

"If you feel that something is holding you back, that the life you are meant to live is out there somewhere if only you could fi nd it, then this book should go straight to the top of your reading list."
- Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness and Under Pressure

 

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As comedian/actress Goodman demonstrates here, the tools one learns in improv theater can be transferred to all areas of work and life. Improv compels an actor to stay in the moment, take risks, be ... Read full review

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Contents

The Spontaneous Life
1
Be Present and Aware
17
Be Open and Flexible
39
Take Risks
55
Trust
79
Surrender and NonAttachment
93
Gag Your Inner Critic
115
Get Creative
129
Effortlessness
149
Desire and Discovering What You Want
179
Authenticity
205
Allowing Imperfection and Practice Practice Practice
233
The Practice
243
About the Author
249
Back Cover
257
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Katie Goodman is a nationally touring improv comedy actress as well as a comedy writer, award-winning actress, acting teacher and creative coach. Her creative workshop and her writing have appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine. She is also the director and co-writer for Broad Comedy, a nationally touring women's sketch company. She lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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