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10 Top Tips for a successful presentation: Learning from stand-up comedians

Learning From Stand Up Comedy

10 Top Tips for a Successful Presentation Some of the facets of stand up comedy can be used in a business presentation context. Learning from stand ups can help structure and prepare executives for an important business presentation. Speakers often forget basic principles when addressing an audience. Thinking it through and preparing are key to…
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Bob Monkhouse

Bob Monkhouse: The King of Corporate Events

6 Tips for speaking at a corporate event Bob Monkhouse (1928-2003), was often referred to as the king of the corporate event. He was one of Britain’s top comedians for over five decades, continually on our TV screens, swapping channels from time to time, delivering his wisecrack humour, often when hosting a popular gameshow such…
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Ken Dodd: Comedy Masterclass

On November 8th Ken Dodd turned 90 years old. This master of stand-up comedy has transcended generations of comedians, including cultural changes in entertainment from variety theatre (where he started), to the social & cabaret club’s scene and the now comedy club circuit. Yet he still applies his art today in often packed out theatres…
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Sign of the times? Or just sad?

The Chamber of Commerce produced their second Business Leaders Conference with a nicely diversified team of speakers, each addressing different issues in the world of commerce, keeping their audience informed and entertained. The event was compered by Laurence Elphick who as well as being a Chamber board member, has just been made managing director of…
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10 things your sense of humour says about you

10 Things Your Sense Of Humour Says About You

I laugh, therefore I am. We all like to think our own sense of humour is the right one. Anything outside this personal radar of myth is not worth our interest. When we find someone who shares our sense of humour we often bind with that person, becoming friends, their view of the world matches…
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Caprice Bourret

Caprice does the business!

Four interesting and varied speakers opened the first in a series of business seminars entitled grow, develop, discover and influence by Sussex Chamber of Commerce at the Jury’s Waterfront Hotel. The speakers were described by Chief Executive Ana Christie as ‘exceptional entrepreneurs’ who shared their own stories which ‘motivated’ and ‘inspired’ an audience of Sussex…
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office-humour

Humour at Work (Part 5): Comedy Case Study

Southwest Airlines president & CEO, Herbert D. Kelleher was dubbed by Fortune Magazine as the ‘High Priest of Ha Ha’. His beliefs and attitude has spread right through the company; showing how humour can enhance staff-management relations, customer service and profits. This highly effective airline operates from Dallas, in an industry which is plagued by:…
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Humour at Work (Part 4): The Practitioners

US company Ben & Jerry ice cream manufacturer, have pushed fun in the office to extremes. with employees looking forward to Barry Manilow or Elvis days; on which everyone is encouraged to dress as Barry or Elvis and their music is blasted through the building. There are chocolate days giving them the chance to dip…
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Humour at Work (Part 3): Clowning, Teasing & Satire

Ackroyd & Thompson believed the struggle for identity, is often played out through misbehaviour and joking in the work place. They identified three types of humour in work, labelling them as Clowning, Teasing and Satire. Clowning Clowning is a form of humour in which people make fools of themselves (become the butt of their own…
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Humour at Work (Part 2): The Research

We have seen how satire from our favourite comedians, in a newspaper, or topical TV & radio shows such as: ‘That was the week that was’, ‘Spitting Image’, ‘Now Show’ and ‘Weekending’; has a way of making us laugh, because we see an element of truth in the joke. The same happens in the workplace,…
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Humour at Work (Part 1): 8 Benefits of Comedy

Comedy at Work The most wasted of all days is the one which you did not laugh. In many offices, pinned on noticeboards or over people’s desks, you can often read… ‘You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it helps’. It became a rather irritating cliché, put on display in several work…
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Five Creative Tips: Parody in Advertising

Parody is a well tried and tested form of humour used in many comedy sketch shows, films and indeed advertising. It is an artistic form within its self, sometimes called a spoof and has elements similar to pastiche. Parody is ‘A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a…
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BFI preserves comedy training videos

Corporate training videos featuring comedians are to be preserved by the British Film Institute. Anyone who recalls being a delegate at a corporate conference in the late seventies or sitting in a bland training room in the eighties, will probably remember being exposed to at least one of John Cleese’s Video Arts training films. Such…
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Image Rights – explained (Showbusiness)

A very bitter John Cleese recently complained of an Australian theatre company who had “shameless rip-off” of ‘Fawlty Towers’ using all the characters from the TV comedy in a show which has a residency in London and abroad. Although there still maybe a case of copyright infringement, Cleese may have been better off taking out…
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Image Rights – explained (Sport)

So Manchester United finally got their man. Jose Mourinho becomes the clubs third manager since Alex Ferguson left at the end of 2013 season. Discussions to bring Mourinho to United took over three days, with his agent, Jorge Mendes, and United officials thrashing out a deal. So what was the hold up? The delay in…
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Ford Unlearn campaign

Going to wash that car right out of my? The launch of the new Ford Unlearn campaign is interestingly creative as it is strategic. Those who have driven Escorts, Focus’s and Mondeo’s, should get a firm mind grip on the message. The communication is subtle if not obvious. Ford have built a firm reputation for…
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