"If Steve Martin and Dear Abby had a baby and hired Tony Robbins to raise it, you might get someone as bright, funny, insightful, and inspiring as Katie Goodman. But why bother, she's already here -- dispensing laugh-inducing and life-changing lessons. Punchlines have never been so practical. Life is one big ad-lib and Improvisation For The Spirit shows you how to bring the house down."
–Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post
Want to "Gag Your Inner Critic?" Want to learn some tools that will really bring spontaneity, joy and spark to your life? This creative self-discovery book offers techniques and exercises for working through blocks to lead a more courageous and creative life. It is unique in that it specifically uses the tools of improv comedy for transformation. Improv requires quick-thinking, collaboration, getting out of your own way, and being in the moment without being a perfectionist. The skills an improv actor uses are skills we can all apply to every aspect of our daily lives.
Many of us have similar struggles – feeling blocked creatively, being afraid to take risks, constantly competing with others, wanting our own way, or being attached to goals that may no longer serve us. We have trouble thinking on our feet, letting go of things that didn’t go as we’d expected, and remembering to see the humor in it all. Katie will show you how to transform your Inner Critic into your Inner Coach, free up your creativity, trust your ideas, go with the flow, be present when it counts, and to feel inspired, energized and confident.
Katie has been described as a cross between Julia Cameron and Ben Stein – a nurturing creative coach with a wry edge. If you are ready for a different and user-friendly approach to personal growth, Improvisation For The Spirit is a fun, unique and truly transformational way to get there.
"I've always wished I had instructions for applying the principles of improvisational comedy to living a fulfilling life. Now Katie Goodman has made my wish come true with this 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, best-selling author
"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. Goodman’s advice is helpful for ...issues, such as controlling self-doubt: “Our Inner Critic is trainable. Think Young Frankenstein singing ‘Puttin’ On the Ritz.’” Goodman’s quirky, thoughtful approach and breezy tone should give wound-up readers some new ways to relax, relate and think about their lives." –Publisher's Weekly
"Katie Goodman is spontaneous, creative and fearless. She has to be: she’s an improv comedienne. Now in her new book, she tells how you too can be all these things. Her writing flows and then jumps with anecdotes and prescriptions for finding courage. Fun to read, hard to put down. The book is smart and wise, wise-cracky and hilarious." –Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes
"Bravo to Katie! She brings an amazing positivity to improv comedy. The 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
"It may seem unbelievable, yet the theories and methods that Katie Goodman espouses in Improvisation for the Spirit will work, providing you with a sound, albeit amusing, base for the recreation of self. Katie is an improvisational actor ..." Click here to read full review –CurledUp.com
"Aha! So that’s what TV news should be. Katie Goodman’s delicious roadmap to unleashing our inner Letterman will help you soar through the next interview, ace the next assignment, cement the next relationship. And you’ll be laughing all the way. I am gleefully transformed." –Lynn Sherr, ABC News
"Katie Goodman strikes gold…a must read for anyone looking to transform their life for the better."
–Caroline Hirsch, Improv Comedy Pioneer, Owner, Carolines on Broadway
"This book is wonderful, very down to earth, believable, humorous, wise, and inspiring. A great unique niche -- a great example of the gifts Katie has received and offers through traveling her personal path with heart."
–Alan Cohen, author of The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Why Your Life Sucks
"Many books promise to unleash your creativity. Katie Goodman's not only unleashes it, but then teaches it to walk on its hind legs, catch a Frisbee, and maybe even fall in love with a cat. Try it. You'll love it. It works." –Gail Lerner, Emmy-nominated comedy writer (Will & Grace, Blackish)
"Reading Katie is like giving your brain, and your spirit, a good floss. She has a great knack for zeroing in on bad habits, then giving you the tools to challenge them. Read Improvisation for the Spirit and get ready to shake things up!" –Colin Campbell, Academy Award Nominated Filmmaker
"You don't have to be a professional comic to fall in love with this book. Katie Goodman shows how the lessons of improv comedy can help anyone become more fearless and creative. If you feel that something is holding you back, that there is more to you than meets the eye, that the life you are meant to live is out there somewhere if only you could find it, then this book should go straight to the top of your reading list. When it comes to journeys of self-discovery, Goodman is the perfect companion - sharp, energetic and demanding, but also gentle, generous and wise. It helps that she's laugh-out-loud funny, too. By the end of the book, I felt ready to take on the world - with a smile on my face."
–Carl Honoré, author of In Praise of Slowness and Under Pressure