Improvisation for the Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy Paperback – Aug 1 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
A long-time, nationally touring comedian and contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, first-time author Goodman manages to slip an improv-inspired free-for-all format and a good dash of humor into the self-help genre, making a winning and creative volume that will help the shy, the fearful, and the controlling to loosen up and enjoy life. Each of twelve chapters covers a concept such as "Be Open & Flexible" or "Allowing Imperfection"; Goodman explains the concept, provides anecdotes from her work (some are helpful and sincere, others seem to have been pulled off her publicity brochure) and encourages self-exploration with writing, drawing and doing exercises. Goodman's advice is helpful for small issues, such as controlling self-doubt: "Our Inner Critic is trainable. Think Young Frankenstein singing 'Puttin' On the Ritz.'" Broader advice, however, may seem more appropriately applied to stage relationships than to real ones. Still, Goodman's quirky, thoughtful approach and breezy tone should give wound-up readers some new ways to relax, relate and think about their lives.
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About the Author
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.See all Product Description
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I've recommended it to countless friends and colleagues.
If you are unable to get to a class with others - this book brings the class to you!
Katie writes in a great, warm voice that's very encouraging. She also uses meditation and psychology practices to aid in your development.
Highly enjoyable reading that prompts you to be introspective and figure out why you do what you do.
I teach Improv for Life workshops and this book does much the same thing. (Except for physically making you get up and do games and exercises.)