• Improve Your Conversations: Think on Your Feet, Witty Banter, and Always Know What to Say with Improv Comedy Techniques

  • By: Patrick King
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Reloj
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-30-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Patrick King
  • 3.7 (215 ratings)

Regular price: $6.95

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Publisher's Summary

Does your mind blank at the worst times in a conversation and create awkward silences? Do you want to think faster on your feet? Do you run out of things to say and suck at keeping a conversation going? Or do you just wish you could be wittier and cleverer in every day conversation? Introverted? It's easier than you think.... All you need to do is just improv your conversations!

Improve Your Conversations teaches you how to use the ingenious framework from improv comedy and apply it directly to your everyday social interactions and conversations...and can't we learn something from the greatest improv comedians in the world, like Tina Fey and Will Ferrell? Improv comedy and memorable conversations have almost everything in common, from their premise to what makes them great to their end goals. In this book,I have pieced together the 14 best actionable and practical techniques from the improv comedy world designed to create conversational flow and connection...and simply have better interactions. You never know when a single connection can change your life, so make sure that each one is memorable. How will you learn to improv(e) your conversations?

  • The number one cause of awkward silences and how to beat them.
  • How to maintain an equal give and take for maximum conversational flow.
  • The three topics you can always go to when your mind blanks.
  • The mind-set to always know what to say and think quickly on your feet.
  • How to direct the conversation to exactly where you want.
  • What Sherlock Holmes has to do with great conversations.

Countless examples...and much more! Plus 14 insightful exercises to illustrate and practice each technique. This is not a book of generic, vague tips like "fake it 'til you make it" and "just make more eye contact and smile." No, this is a book of real tips that you can implement today to immediately increase your conversational fluency and flow.

©2015 Pei Kuo (P)2015 Pei Kuo

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If you really need help with the basics

This book is very basic. I was looking for information on how to "level-up" significantly, since I consider myself to have good conversation skills already. If you are really bad at conversation and need clear guidance, this this book could help. If you are already a decent conversationalist, then this may be too basic for you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent Book

Easy to listen to and had very helpful tips on improving my conversation skills. I normally don't a review but I felt this book was worth the time to let people know it was helpful to me.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Well worth the price

It was a lot of good tips that address my own problems in conversation. After listening to this book, I think the only conversational problem I don't have is interrupting people.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Just the basics repackaged

So the author starts by saying that he is a FAILED stand-up comic. So the rest of the book is about how social skills relate to IMPROV which is a totally different thing. Lessons include not changing the subject and then in the next chapter you learn that you can totally change the subject whenever you want. There really is nothing here that is not intuitive to even people who did not do improv. The largest portion of the book is the author sharing his personal story and talking about how much he loves Will Ferrell.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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It does what is says

This book delivers on the goods in a short sweet package. Its already improved my conversation game. Highly recomended

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 04-16-16

disappointing

an hour of material stretched over many. in my opinion, "do you talk funny?" is a much better book, with better narration.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Utter Pabulum, a Superficial Waste of Time

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Any person with more than a modicum of depth/intelligence is likely to be quickly offended by the utter lack of substance in this self help book. I cannot envision anyone - at least anyone without an interest in promoting this author and/or sales of this book - would genuinely point out to tangible ways this book offers anything of merit or value.

Has Improve Your Conversations: Think on Your Feet, Witty Banter, and Always Know What to Say with Improv Comedy Techniques turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but it has certainly turned me off from any other books from this author.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Reloj?

N/A

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger at how lacking in substance this book was. It was the first book I declined to finish. It reads like an untalented 10th grader's term paper, repeating the same broad points over and over with no (meaningful, anyway) tangible examples of what supports the thesis.For example, the chapter (4) on "Use specific statements not open ended questions."Here's a sample: "We ask questions all the time because they come easily to us. We often navigate the world based on questions, and wondering about what we see, hear and know." Really. Thanks. What next?" BUT, if you're trying to get a great conversation going, questions can lead to minefields. Remember that great conversations involve a frictionless back and forth." Are. You. Kidding. Me?

Any additional comments?

An Audible member for about five years, I've got over 200 titles to my credit. Probably 30% in the "self improvement" milieu. While maybe 1 title in 20 is a disappointment, this is the WORST book I've ever downloaded, and will be only the second on which I request a return/refund.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Not really sure that this book was for me

I really don't know what the narrator was talking about I sort of found him uninteresting. After two hours of this book I had to put it down because I truly couldn't connect with this author. Sorry.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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great guidance..

This program this was light and easy. Since I took an improv class it totally connected with me. Great for every living adult who wants to connect better with others.

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Simple honest turns of attention worth their weight in gold

All people are selfish trying to become unselfish - the use of humor and the techniques of improvisation which are disarmingly honest and fresh make for witty banter, light hearted engagement to developing solid relationships at home and at work

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  • James
  • 07-21-17

**yawn**

What would have made Improve Your Conversations: Think on Your Feet, Witty Banter, and Always Know What to Say with Improv Comedy Techniques better?

How to improve your conversations: don't have a monotone voice like this narrator.

Would you be willing to try another book from Patrick King? Why or why not?

If it isn't narrated by the same person, possibly.

How could the performance have been better?

A narrator with a voice that changes tone every once in a while would be nice. I prefer not to fall asleep at the wheel when i'm listening to this on my daily commute. I couldn't even get through the first 2 chapters.

What character would you cut from Improve Your Conversations: Think on Your Feet, Witty Banter, and Always Know What to Say with Improv Comedy Techniques?

The narrator.

Any additional comments?

GET RID OF THE NARRATOR!!!!!!

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  • Graham
  • 06-06-16

Good information to get you started.

I would have preferred a few more examples. However I found the content helpful and interesting to listen to.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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