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In an irresistible invitation to lighten up, look around, and live an unscripted life, a Stanford University professor and master of the art of improvisation explains how to adopt the attitudes and techniques used by generations of musicians and actors. These secrets are currently being taught to entrepreneurs, engineers, and first responders in a crisis as well as housewives and Alzheimer caregivers.
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 Ryan Madson distills 30 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.
©2005 Bell Tower, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House (P)2007 Patricia Ryan Madson
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gabriel on 08-30-15


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I recommend this book to anyone who wish to imbody the present moment at its best. Its as practical as theorical and really get straight to the point. Even giving little ''try this'' at each end of a tip. I not only recommend this book to people who want to do inprovisation comedy as we commonly know it. but to everyone who wish to be able to think freely in every moment at its best and act on it. Thank to patricia :D

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4 out of 5 stars
By Teri on 05-03-13

Simple, solid solutions.

This is a simple walk through of various business, social, and creative situations, where we learn to build up our inventory of manageable traits that will then navigate us straight through any storyline that lays ahead.
This will give us a strength and it is entertaining.

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