Be a Great Stand-up

How to master the art of stand up comedy and making people laugh

Author: Logan Murray

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444131117

Category: Humor

Page: 289

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Logan Murray has successfully taught the techniques of stand-up comedy to thousands, and in this book he distills his years of experience into the essential skills for a great and enjoyable performance. He will help you find your own creative streak and your funny side, build the confidence to deliver, and explain the finer details of stagecraft, from dealing with hecklers to coping with props. There is a full guide to the practicalities, from finding gigs to securing an agent, with plenty of valuable hints, tips and advice. Drawing on Logan's years of teaching and his own successful stand-up career, with top tips from some of the most well-known people in the business, it is guaranteed to bring a smile to both your face and that of your future audience. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of stand-up comedy. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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Get Started in Stand-Up Comedy

Author: Logan Murray

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473607191

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 5054

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LEARN HOW TO WRITE AND PERFORM STAND UP COMEDY. A new edition of Be A Great Stand-Up, now fully revised and updated with new material on setting up and running a comedy night and mining almost any subject for jokes. Logan Murray has successfully taught the techniques of stand-up comedy to thousands, and in this book he distills his years of experience into the essential skills for a great and enjoyable performance. He will help you find your creative streak and your funny side, build the confidence to deliver, and explain the finer details of stagecraft, from dealing with hecklers to coping with props. There is a full guide to the practicalities, from finding gigs to securing an agent, with plenty of valuable hints, tips and advice. Drawing on Logan's years of teaching and his own successful stand-up career, with top tips from some of the most well-known people in the business, it is guaranteed to bring a smile to both your face and that of your future audience. As well as full updates throughout the book, this new edition contains fresh material on how to set up and run a comedy night, mine any subject for jokes and advice on festivals. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.
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Be a Great Mum

A practical guide to confident motherhood with support and advice for all mums

Author: Judy Reith

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444132083

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

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Teach Yourself - the world's leading learning brand - is relaunched in 2010 as a multi-platform experience that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Let our expert author guide you through this brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book. Go online at www.teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry - every book gives you 1, 5 and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started. Practical common sense that gives you support for all the things that most concern you Combines inspiring stories and tips from real mothers Coaching and motivational techniques to boost your confidence For all mums - not just working mums and not just those in a 'conventional' family setting Written by someone who knows what you're feeling - Judy's not just a parent coach, she's also a busy mum of 3 Teach Yourself Motherhood is an inspiring yet practical guide designed to address the top ten issues that most concern you, from concerns about whether you're doing it 'right', to finding time to work (or not?), finding time for your children and still finding time for you. It will help you boost your actual parenting skills - building your childrens' confidence and juggling all the many 'plates' that are needed to help you achieve a happy family - while at the same time focusing on your own needs. Throughout the book there will be lots of case studies, tips and supportive insight and advice; at the same time, you will find lots of interactive material which will help you both to understand your own behaviour and to take steps to boost confidence in all the areas where you feel it is lacking.
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Stand Up Comedy

Author: Logan Murray

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780340939574

Category: Stand-up comedy

Page: 206

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Fancy yourself as a comic but unsure where to start? This new guide to the art of stand-up comedy gives all the tools necessary for a great and enjoyable performance. It covers the history of humour and what makes us laugh, helps readers find their own creative streak and their funny side, builds the confidence to deliver, and offers plenty of practical advice on stagecraft, from dealing with hecklers to coping with props. It offers a full guide to the business side of your hobby, from finding gigs to securing an agent, with plenty of valuable hints, tips and advice. Authored by a comic with over 20 years' touring and performing experience, and with top tips from some of the most well known people in the business, it is guaranteed to bring a smile to both your face and that of your future audience.
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Successful Presenting in a Week: Teach Yourself

Author: David Brown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444159720

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

View: 3764

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The ability to give a successful presentation is crucial to anyone who wants to advance their career. Written by David Brown, a leading expert on presenting as both a coach and a practitioner, this book quickly teaches you the insider secrets you need to know to in order to get your audience to do what you want them to do. The highly motivational 'in a week' structure of the book provides seven straightforward chapters explaining the key points, and at the end there are optional questions to ensure you have taken it all in. There are also cartoons and diagrams throughout, to help make this book a more enjoyable and effective learning experience. So what are you waiting for? Let this book put you on the fast track to success!
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How You Can Talk To Anyone: Teach Yourself

Author: Keith Souter

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444156896

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 4031

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""How You Can Talk To Anyone"" will change the life of any reader who finds themselves scared and shy in social situations - and it will have a pretty amazing effect on those who just need a bit of a confidence boost!
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Set Up A Successful Small Business: Teach Yourself

Author: Vera Hughes,David Weller

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444129651

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

View: 1931

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[Teach Yourself] Set Up a Successful Small Business will help you to get your business venture off the ground and turning a profit. Arming you with a strategy for success, the book will support you through the entire process, from getting to grips with business finance to effective marketing. Written by small business owners who have been through it all themselves, you'll also receive insider tips to help give your business the edge. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of setting up your own small business. THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers at the end of each chapter to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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Sports Coaching Cultures

From Practice to Theory

Author: Robyn L. Jones,Kathleen M. Armour,Paul Potrac

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415328517

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 185

View: 7455

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Sports Coaching Cultures is about expert coaches and the ways in which their individual life and career experiences lead to their personal beliefs about effective coaching.
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How to be a Husband

Author: Tim Dowling

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698183665

Category: Humor

Page: 288

View: 8298

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While this book is indeed titled How to Be a Husband, please do not mistake it for a self-help book. Tim Dowling—columnist for The Guardian, husband, father of three, a person who once got into a shark tank for money—does not purport to have any pearls of wisdom about wedded life. What he does have is more than twenty years of marriage experience, and plenty of hilarious advice for what not to do in almost every conjugal situation. With the sharp wit that has made his Guardian columns a weekly must-read, Dowling explores what it means to be a good husband in the twenty-first century. The bar has been raised dramatically in the last hundred years: back in the day, every time you went out for cigarettes, it was simply expected that you came back. Now, every time you’re sent out for espresso pods and tampons, it is expected that you come back with the right sort. And being a father doesn’t seem to command much innate respect these days, either. When his first child was born, Dowling imagined himself eliciting a natural awe as the distant, authoritative figurehead; he did not anticipate his children hijacking his Twitter account to post heartfelt admissions of loserdom like “Hi, I suck at everything I try in life.” Still, two decades of wedded bliss is nothing to sneeze at, particularly from a couple who agreed to get married with the resigned determination of two people plotting to bury a body in the woods. How to Be a Husband is a wickedly funny guide to surviving the era of “The End of Men” (hint: it involves DIY), and an unexpectedly poignant memoir about love, marriage, and staying together until death doth you part. From the Hardcover edition.
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The Other End of the Leash

Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs

Author: Patricia McConnell, Ph.D.

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780307489180

Category: Pets

Page: 272

View: 6648

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The Other End of the Leash shares a revolutionary, new perspective on our relationship with dogs, focusing on our behavior in comparison with that of dogs. An applied animal behaviorist and dog trainer with more than twenty years experience, Dr. Patricia McConnell looks at humans as just another interesting species, and muses about why we behave the way we do around our dogs, how dogs might interpret our behavior, and how to interact with our dogs in ways that bring out the best in our four-legged friends. After all, although humans and dogs share a remarkable relationship that is unique in the animal world, we are still two entirely different species, each shaped by our individual evolutionary heritage. Quite simply, humans are primates and dogs are canids (like wolves, coyotes, and foxes). Since we each speak a different native tongue, a lot gets lost in the translation. The Other End of the Leash demonstrates how even the slightest changes in your voice and the way you stand can help your dog understand what you want. Once you start to think about your own behavior from the perspective of your dog, you’ll understand why much of what appears to be doggy-disobedience is simply a case of miscommunication. Inside you will learn • How to use your voice so that your dog is more likely to do what you ask. • Why “getting dominance” over your dog is a bad idea. • Why “rough and tumble primate play” can lead to trouble–and how to play with your dog in ways that are fun and keep him out of trouble. • How dogs and humans share personality types–and why most dogs want to live with benevolent leaders rather than “alphawannabees!” In her own insightful, compelling style, Patricia McConnell combines wonderful true stories about people and dogs with a new, accessible scientific perspective on how they should behave around each other. This is a book that strives to help you make the most of life with your dog, and to prevent problems that might arise in that most rewarding of relationships. From the Hardcover edition.
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