Category Archives: Workshops

Storytelling: getting your voice heard with Power to Change @ Locality 2017

Storytelling: getting your voice heard. John Cooper blogs about the break out training session offered by Power to Change at the Locality Convention 2017

On the 14th November I was invited by community business organisation Power to Change to deliver a break out session at the Locality Convention in Manchester. If you were there, hello! Public speaking   workshop. storytelling workshop  

Big thanks to Claire and the team at Power to Change for inviting me along. It was really quite inspiring to be around so many community leaders, people who ‘get things done’ for the betterment of their local communities.

The session was about providing practical techniques that would get their voices heard at local authority level,  to gain funding for their projects. It was a bit whistle stop as I tried to cram in a lot from what I’ve learned over the years;  being confident and comfortable speaking and sharing to developing empathy in a narrative.  I was  aware these attendees probably had their own story to tell, and indeed they did.  Everyone I spoke to over the afternoon and evening reception had an incredible story to tell. Choices they had made, often selflessly,  to make things better for those around them. Events they had made happen, goals achieved or journeys that had just begun with a sentence along the lines of  “…so I quit my regular job to go do this instead”.

The strength of character in the room was tangible ( I even shared a bit of my own story)  and I was pretty humbled at the end of the session when co-organiser Charlotte showed me the feedback from attendees while I sold some of my books.

Power to Change put on a great evening reception, highlighting the history of community business with a book launch and a play  by the Manchester Shakespeare Company.

Not a bad way to spend my birthday.


workshops for community businesses. training for community business. 


Present Yourself! – better confidence through comedy

Be confident & comfortable presenting, whatever the situation. Enhance your voice and presence.

Taking experiences from the demanding environment of stand-up comedy, Present Yourself! focuses on the skills required to engage, maintain and entertain an audience of any size. The workshops are designed to increase confidence for those new to public speaking and aid advanced presenters in their capability to inform and inspire. There are no scripts or rehearsals, the emphasis is on laughter and lots of learning.

If you deliver presentations, or want to advance your presentation skills this training will show you how to get the results you’re after. Present Yourself! training workshops explore all aspects of what it takes to engage and maintain presence for presenting and public speaking.

Got a question?

Increase engagement • Gain presence
Better storytelling • Authentic confidence

Funny is a serious business

Stand-up comedians have developed ways to survive and thrive in front of a crowd – this workshop consists of practical methods and discussions which explore them. There is no requirement for participants to prepare a speech or script. Everyone who participates…everyone… will speak, present and discover the edge of their comfort zone.

An agile approach

Present Yourself workshops help create more agile workforce’s capable of thriving in the current climate. Performance skills and applied improvisation (a framework of observing, listening and responding1) are valuable tools to utilise in today’s workplace and are set to increase in demand in the future job market.


What makes Present Yourself workshops different?

Traditional training workshops often involve taking groups out of the workplace to bond and grow, using outdoor activities and themed events. Set up fees and travel logistics can make this costly, and while successful, they should not be seen as an escape.

Present Yourself brings together a tools from a broad range of training disciplines to deliver a practical on-site entertaining solution within a work environment, making the benefits easier to associate and apply, creating better workforce’s and happier people.

The rewards are scalable and long term, giving companies and their employees greater cognitive agility in their roles to prosper in an uncertain changing world.


How are outcomes recorded?
Feedback is recorded during the workshop and reviewed during an end of workshop discussion.

How long will it last?
Duration is flexible, based on number of attendees.

Where does it take place?
Location is flexible. Either on-site with the client or at a designated venue space.

How Much does it cost?
The cost of the workshop is dependant on number attendees and duration.