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

Katie Goodman

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Aug. 1 2008
"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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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This Cheered Me Up Oct. 15 2008
By Cloe Logan - Published on
This lit up my spirit even in the face of my 401K! It's just terrific. I'm one of those people who has always wished I could come up with the right response, the quick retort and be a lot more spontaneous in my life. After reading this book, someone in my office was really snarky. Instead of waiting three days to think up a response, I just let it rip! And I'm practising all the lessons in the book with my kids too. She really does show you how to do it, with a lot of wit and courage.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book Oct. 23 2008
By Kate Alcott, author of 'The Dressmaker ' - Published on
What a fresh, chock-full-of-good-ideas,common sense book! Katie Goodman tackles so many of the everyday worries that drag us down, injecting all the humor and wisdom gleaned from her improv work onto every page. She certainly put a little more bounce into this reader's step. It is a challenge to live a spontaneous, mindful life, and Goodman offers a delightful, funny guide. Many ticks above the usual self-help book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly a must read! April 20 2009
By L. Lipsky - Published on
Katie Goodman has risen to the occasion just beautifully! To be able to translate her incredibly brilliant, creative, insightful self into written word which fills this book up spectacularly...bravo! She is so talented and for those of us who are not able to attend her workshops or shows in person, this book helps us scratch that itch in a most satisfying way. It's a truly engaging read and while it will definitely make you laugh, it will also give you real, concrete tools for getting through everyday challenges in a way that will benefit you and those around you.
I've recommended it to countless friends and colleagues.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A class in spontaneity in LIFE Jan. 11 2013
By Motivated mom - Published on
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I teach improv in middle school. Adults are constantly asking me to teach improv to them because they would like to be more spontaneous in their lives. They are feeling stuck/ uncreative/ uninspired /sad and would like to "break free". I am now putting together a class for them and this book will be my guide. It takes you through every creative exercise that would be useful to adults wanted to stir up their creative juices and just have fun.

If you are unable to get to a class with others - this book brings the class to you!
4.0 out of 5 stars "Inspiring" book Sept. 18 2013
By Cynthia J. Friedman - Published on
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This book is really lively and full of extremely helpful ideas. I plan to buy it as birthday gifts to my friends.

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