Do Improvise – Less push. More pause. Better results. A new approach to work (and life) Robert Poynton

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Do Improvise – Less push. More pause. Better results. A new approach to work (and life) Robert Poynton

Everyday we deal with the unplanned and the unexpected - from a broken toaster to losing (or gaining) a major client. Our natural ability to improvise gets us through. But we feel as if we’re winging it, rather than acting with courage and conviction.

Robert Poynton teaches an acclaimed method to some of the world’s biggest brands and companies. Improvisational skills that an actor might use on stage are honed and applied to the everyday business of work and life. The end result is a new approach that embraces change as a natural process and has creativity and innovation at its heart.

With killer games to put the theory into practice, Do Improvise will help you:

  • Become more productive without trying harder
  • Overcome creative blocks and generate new ideas
  • Respond fluently to circumstances beyond your control
  • Inspire and motivate others

Not sure what to do next? Improvise.

This paperback purchase includes a free ebook download. 


  • How using basic improv skills in business will radically improve your performance
  • Simple quick-to-learn method used by global brands such as Nike, Orange and Disney
  • Ideal for directors, managers and employees who value innovation and agile thinking
  • Includes killer games to put theory into practice
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'Improv skills can transform a person's experience of everyday life, and this delightful book by the reliably brilliant Rob Poynton will show you how.'
John-Paul Flintoff, author of How to Change Your Life
'A handbook for spontaneous and creative living, from a brilliant practitioner who lives by his own words.'
Adam Morgan, founding partner, eatbigfish

About the author

Robert Poynton is the co-founder of On Your Feet, a consultancy that uses improvisational ideas, tools and experiences to help people in organisations – from local start-ups to global brands such as Nike and Disney – to work together more effectively and creatively. He is an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School at Oxford University where he works on the Strategic Leadership Programme. He is an Associate Partner at eatbigfish, a challenger brand consultancy, with whom he has collaborated for more than 10 years. You can learn more about what he's up to at:

Robert’s Do Lecture: Beyond Control. A complex world demands the ability to improvise

Do you have a mind like water? Water is flexible. When it meets an obstacle, it goes around it. Improv teaches us to be flexible. To think of everything as a gift, as an opportunity.

Product Details

Dimensions: 120x178mm
ISBN: 978-1-907974-01-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-907974-06-9


All editions contain 7 line drawings by Andy Smith.

Paper & print details

Paperback editions are printed by Livonia Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper.

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