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Building Confidence Through Comedy with the Growth Hub

I recently took a Present Yourself! workshop with The Growth Company in Manchester, helping a group of their members build confidence through comedy.

Late last year I took part in their ‘Spark 2 Scale’ programme –  to help grow my own business, and it’s been a real boost for my networking and marketing. So it only made sense then for me to then approach them at the end  and offer the service they’d helped me develop in return.

The idea for ‘Present Yourself!’ was born out of the stand up comedy class I had been  teaching, and has slowly ‘iterated’ from there over the last 2 years. Slowly adding in ‘bits’ from other disciples such as personal development,  solo improvisation and side coaching, and clarifying what it is – and what it isn’t.  It’s great finally see growth myself, the help running the event the feedback on the day was incredibly rewarding.

Stand up comedy workshop for presenting and storytelling
Stand up comedy workshop for presenting and storytelling in business

Feedback from the event:

“I came away with more confidence, and an understanding that I can talk about topics that I’m passionate about in a way to engage the audience without losing them … probably one of the most rewarding growth hub events and totally valuable use of my time.”

“Brilliant – straight away comfortably out of my comfort zone!”

“Really enjoyable. Got a lot from it. Hope to implement in my workplace.”

“It will push tour boundaries, but well worth it.”

“Amazing use of 3 hours to develop confidence & presentation skills.”

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How does a brand begin? – The story of the Fresnel Theater

A brand design is much more than just a logo. It’s all the considerations of what the product or service is – what it stands for. A good brand should tell you what you need to know at a glance. A good brand tells a story.

Matt and Krista were looking for a designer for their new community theater space, the Fresnel Theater in Portland, Maine. I met Matt through Comedysportz, a comedy improv show.

He’s a really enthusiastic and smart guy and it came as no surprise on our initial chat that he already had a mission statement, which is a great starting point for a designer.

It answered the questions that I’d initially ask – designer to client. What are the goals of the business, what makes your company different? Descriptive words. So that I can read and listen to the language they use and tune into their frequency and start creating visuals

Branding Design Manchester

So in designing the logo it was important to look for something was welcoming and incorporated The keywords of playfulness community and compassion. Which also why we went for opting for purple and orange using a colour psychology guide.

From a practical point of view It needed to be a bright and chunky, so that when transferred into signage on the building, it’s seen clearly from a distance.

Matt was keen for the logo to reflect the lighthouses that portland is known for. The name fresnal comes from bevels in the lens of a light house main lamp that helps focus the beam. As a designer I love that kind of creative thinking.

Once the colours and typeface were finalised I created and branding guide. This is a reference document for printers. Most large commercial brands have very detailed branding guides, but really every business should have something like this. It’s helpful to printers and is a reliable way to future proof the consistency of your brand over time.

Here’s the final logo that Matt and Krista approved.

Branding Design Manchester