Improvise!: Use the Secrets of Improv to Achieve Extraordinary Results at Work

Improvise!: Use the Secrets of Improv to Achieve Extraordinary Results at Work

by Max Dickins


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‘Improv’ performers look like creative geniuses, coming up with brilliant comedy on the spur of the moment. But they rely on some simple rules and techniques – ones which anyone can learn. Improvise! takes the ideas and skills from improvisation offstage to help you communicate more clearly, act more confidently and think on your feet.

In a world of constant change and unrelenting speed, we can sometimes feel like we’re struggling to keep up. Improv shows you how to roll with the punches and face the world with the belief that you can handle whatever comes your way – from adapting to change at work, to speaking confidently, negotiating like a pro and overcoming your fear of failure.

Using proven methods, real-world examples and a light-hearted approach, comedian and corporate trainer Max Dickins teaches you the secrets of improv to achieve extraordinary results with what you’ve already got.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785785870
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Max Dickins is director of Hoopla, the UK’s first improvisation training school and London’s first dedicated improv comedy theatre. Offstage, as a coach and business speaker, he has brought improvisation into workplaces across the world, with clients including Facebook, Google and Unilever – even teaching candidates on the British version of hit TV show The Apprentice (BBC1). As a comedian and writer, he has had his own Sony Award-nominated show on Absolute Radio and taken critically acclaimed shows to the Edinburgh Festival. His book My Groupon Adventure was described by the Irish Examiner as ‘full of heart’.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction: In which you'll learn why improvisation is perhaps the most essential skill of the 21st century 1

Chapter 1 'Yes, and': In which you'll learn how two words can boost your creativity exponentially, help you overcome conflict at work and at home, and open your eyes to the abundant opportunities we walk past every day 23

Chapter 2 Listening: In which you'll learn how attentive listening can make you less socially anxious, more influential at work, and able to connect with anyone 63

Chapter 3 Spontaneity: In which you'll learn how to rediscover your imagination, kill your inner critic, and loads of practical hacks to come up with lots of great idea, right away 105

Chapter 4 Failure: In which you'll learn how to overcome your fear of failure, turn mistakes into a resource that you can use, and build on your strengths (rather than obsessing over your weaknesses) 145

Chapter 5 Collaboration: In which you'll learn how to take up more space in meetings, make the most of every idea in the room, and unlock the creative power of diversity 185

Chapter 6 Agility: In which you'll learn how to see the possibility (rather than the threat) in change, solve problems on the fly, and leverage the incredible power of feedback 231

Conclusion: In which you'll learn how to follow the fear in order to pursue the things that are most important to you in life 277

Notes 283

Acknowledgements 291


Improv warm-up exercises to try in the office 293

How to improvise online 296

About the Author 307

Work with Max 308

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