Training to Imagine
Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques for Trainers and Managers to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning
Edition: 2

Foreword by Joel Goodman
Paper: 978 1 57922 592 6 / $29.95
Published: October 2012  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 591 9 / $95.00
Published: September 2012  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 57922 593 3 / $95.00  
About Library E-Book

Published: April 2013  

E-Book: 978 1 57922 594 0 / $23.99
Published: April 2013  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
310 pp., 6" x 9"
Creating innovative products and game-changing processes, and adapting to new cultures and communication styles, have all become imperative for business survival. Today’s business leaders, from Fortune 500 companies on down, have discovered the value of improvisational theatre techniques to develop creativity and collaboration skills they need.

Since publication of its seminal first edition, the principles and techniques pioneered in Training to Imagine have been widely adopted by organizations around the world, and have given rise to the field of Applied Improvisation. This new edition builds on the characteristics that made it the most comprehensive and most easy-to-apply resource for using improv in organizations. As before, this book translates the theories and exercises of improv into language that is familiar to business culture, and provides guidelines, case studies and exercises intended for use by individuals for self-development, for small groups, and for facilitation by corporate trainers.

This revised edition places more emphasis on the development of leadership, in particular adding activities designed for individuals to develop skills on their own, or outside formal training environments. It builds upon what has been learned since 2001, presenting examples of practice, and research on the methods, that have proven to be most effective in the workplace. Kat Koppett has added a whole new section on instructional design to help users make informed choices in selecting activities to best support their objectives and corporate context, as well as numerous new exercises.

This is a vital resource for trainers, executives, and leaders at all levels who want to increase their personal communication and creativity skills, and in inspire and motivate their teams.

The enhanced e-book edition will incorporate video of sample activities and exercises, as well as interviews with leading Applied Improv practitioners. This material will also be available free on the Stylus Web site.

Table of Contents:

Foreword to the First Edition by Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan
Foreword to the Second Edition by Joel Goodman
Introduction – an updated discussion of the state of the art and the changes made in this revised edition

Section One: Principles
1) The Principles
2) Trust
3) Spontaneity
4) Accepting Offers
5) Listening and Awareness
6) Storytelling
7) Performing with Presences

Section Two: Activities
Introduction to the Activities
Selected Activities
Additional Activities


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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership, and Learning appears in its second updated edition to revise information and goes beyond the first edition's focus on trainers to show how everyone can be a performer using improvisation techniques to promote productivity within and outside the theatre. From evolving new improvisation approaches to business survival to extending the theories and exercises inherent in improve to organizational structures, chapters draw close connections between management goals and theatre training, making this a strong dual pick for stage and business collections alike."
- California Bookwatch
Training to Imagine is useful and wise, entertaining and generous. Based on rich experience and a great deal of thought, it's a splendid second edition.”
- Paul Jackson, President , Applied Improv Network
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