March 01, 2002
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March 2002

Think Fast and Talk Smart

imagePeople who want to thrive in a fast-paced environment need to think on their toes; in other words, improvise. Written by three professional improv artists, Improvise This! (Hyperion, teaches how the art of spontaneity can bolster personal and professional growth by helping people hone their powers of observation, quick response time, sense of confidence and creativity. Among the book’s recipes for success:

LET HUMOR IN. Laughter is the by-product of play, and play is the foundation of improvisation. Humor can be a very powerful tool, even in a business setting.

PASS ON EASY MARKS. If it’s potty jokes you’re prone to, tune in to Howard Stern. But good improvisation dictates that you skip obvious humor for smart satire or irony.

MAKE A CONNECTION. Be still and make lots of eye contact before you begin speaking. Lose the barrier between you and your audience, and simply connect with them as individuals. If you speak from the heart instead of the head, you become magnetic.


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