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Do Improvise: Less Push. More Pause. Better Results. A New Approach to Work (and Life) (Do Books) [Paperback]

Robert Poynton
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16 May 2013 Do Books
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. Improvisational skills that an 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; Respond fluently to circumstances beyond your control Inspire and motivate others; Not sure what to do next? Improvise. Illustrations: 7 line drawings

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: The Do Book Co (16 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907974016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907974014
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A handbook for spontaneous and creative living, from a brilliant practitioner who lives by his own words.' --Adam Morgan, founding partner, eatbigfish

'Improv skills can transform a person's experience of everyday life. This delightful book by the reliably brilliant Rob Poynton will show you how.' --John-Paul Flintoff, author of How to Change Your Life

About the Author

Robert Poynton is the co-founder of On Your Feet, a consultancy that uses improvisational ideas, tools and experiences to help people in organisations from local start-ups to global brands such as Nike and Disney to work together more effectively and creatively. He is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University where he works on the Strategic Leadership Programme. He is an Associate Partner at eatbigfish, a challenger brand consultancy, with whom he has collaborated for more than 10 years.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 23 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback
Simple, insightful, practical book from an author (and a publisher) who has clearly thought deeply and worked hard to understand how improvisation can be applied much more broadly than the traditional applications of theatre and comedy. Well worth a read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 19 Jan 2014
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One of the best impro books out there. Succinctly explains how improv works and the benefits it can bring to communication and creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for practice 18 Nov 2013
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This book offers ideas for activities to get one to explore improvisation in a range of contexts. Really useful for working with groups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go off piste! 8 July 2013
By Hilary
Format:Paperback
This great little book will get you perfectly in the mood to become a proficient off piste artiste. Creativity and adaptability lies in all of us and Rob is the accomplished guide. They say that its only by experiencing that you really learn. This is a book thats strong on stuff you can do.

I'm convinced that in a few years time we will look back at Improv as the best entry point for a whole bunch of things from making a great pitch, to honing your negotiation skills, to just being happy with what is there. The material here comes from an Improv point of view but this book is not theatrical - it's a guide to how it applies to your here and now. For me it explores beautifully the balance between solid preparation and being flexible in the moment. In truth, its difficult to classify but if you are interested in becoming more creative, spontaneous, adaptable or just dealing with life's challenges with more of a smile on your face, this is a book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading, practical and fun 24 Jun 2013
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Robert Poynton's style is intelligent, easy to read and thought provoking. It does what it says on the cover. The practises and exercise are easy to follow and do.
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