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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia Ryan Madson Narrator: Patricia Ryan Madson Publisher: Bell Tower Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/12/2014

    " If you are looking to get out of a rut, this book offers a delightful guide. With 13 maxims on living more spontaneously -- from being average to making more mistakes -- this book truly has something for everybody. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinc2 | 2/7/2014

    " Geothe said there is wisdom in action. This is the guide. Very well done by a Stanford drama instructor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loren | 1/28/2014

    " salient advice, some of the best advice I've heard for a long time "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Floyd | 1/25/2014

    " A great book about living more spontaneously. I would definitely recommend it to Teachers, Preachers, Actors, & anyone interested in living a less structured life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Bogel | 1/17/2014

    " Interesting concept, and some chapters are excellent. But the book really drags through the last third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Hamby | 1/14/2014

    " I read this as part of my yoga teacher training and was pleased with the gentle reminders and context of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/17/2013

    " I've now read this twice and want to create a journal with the chapter end summaries to carry around with me. Great, short, easy reading self help guide from a slightly different perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 12/8/2013

    " Because of this book... I make my bed every morning! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reid | 12/7/2013

    " Meh. I can't remember who recommended this to me, but it's just too broad to really be much use. There are some fun exercises and some of the anecdotes are amusing, but on the whole too much of the content seemed self-evident and uninspired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Grether | 12/5/2013

    " Good insight on how not to over think or force creative problem solving. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc | 12/4/2013

    " Wonderful short book which uses lessons from improv for ways to live your life. A lot of it has been said in self-help type books, but this is a great reminder and it also has exercises throughout which are great ways to integrate the lessons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Al-Arfaj | 10/18/2013

    " I'm usually not a big fan of "what to do" personalities nonsense kind of books, but this one is really entertaining, it should be a reference book that you get back to from time to time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 9/19/2013

    " This tenets of this book (e.g. say yes, just show up, pay attention, act now, make mistakes) are wonderful, but the writing and examples didn't hold up to me. It's a great idea and a short, easy read, but I can't give it more than 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Xavier Shay | 9/17/2013

    " Decent, nothing groundbreaking for me. I'm going to make an effort to remember names and listen to people better now though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/12/2013

    " A gentle, humble, spiritual read. Fruitful, worth keeping to reread and worth giving as a gift. Recommended by Carrie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scot Berkey | 7/15/2013

    " Life is unscripted and moving faster every day, so your every action can't possibly be pre-rehearsed. Use a little wisdom from the Improv Comedy experts to get you through your day a little more effectively and with a little more fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexa | 7/14/2013

    " I really liked how she used acting to teach how to be present in life. I also like the little challenged throughout. I have already started doing some. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lessabouchard | 5/23/2013

    " Great kick in the pants for any artist that enjoys process thinking- particularly about how their work-style and life-style effect each other. The kind of prodding that feels sooooo good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/29/2013

    " This book was written by my improv teacher, whose lessons definitely changed my life. Patricia is an amazing woman, and the wisdom she has to give, though seemingly simple, have been incredibly important in shaping the person I am today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Louise | 4/22/2013

    " This book will change you in many unexpected ways. Lovely! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kami | 4/18/2013

    " As a former improv troupe member, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! You don't have to have experience with improv to gain profound ideas from it, however. Patricia Ryan Madson's book is insightful about living a healthy and joyful life! "

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