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Present Yourself Workshops

Want to get better at speaking and presenting? Be confident, comfortable, and inspiring,  whatever the situation.

Taking experience from the demanding environment of stand-up comedy,  I use stand-up techniques and applied improvisation to help unlock the creativity and resourcefulness needed to speak naturally and confidently.

We focus on skills required to engage, maintain and entertain an audience. It will increase your confidence and capability to develop a personal voice that can inform and inspire. There are no scripts and no rehearsals, just laughs and lots of learning.

Soft skills in the work place.

Why are good soft skills important? In the workplace advances in technology and automation are leading to a decrease in jobs and career choices. Futurologists predict this trend is set to continue in sectors such as transport, accountancy, law and customer services.

Many thanks to John, a real master in the craft of improvised speaking.
– Andy Atkins, Resonant

Got a question?

In addition to this the culture of social media has led to an increase in screen use for simple conversations. We live in a wonderfully connected world, however  methods of communicating are creating a damaging social dynamic, leading to a decrease in quality soft skills and human interaction. Check out Susan Greenfield’s TED talk; Ted Talk: Susan Greenfield: technology and the human mind.

With these issues in mind, it’s more important than ever to re-invest in ourselves and each other,  at work and at home.

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“Didn’t feel like training and it was interactive, good fun.”
– Staff at Avecto, Manchester

There’s a book too. Public Speaking.

Public speaking and building confidenceThe Present Yourself! book is a fully illustrated guide offering loads of help to get better at speaking and presenting. To get a free sampler of the bok (in PDF format) fill in the form below.

“Amazing workshop, thank you for making the storytelling so much fun”
The Coalville Hero Project

“Excellent workshop on telling your story”
Jax Lovelock – Dewsbury Park Mansion

Future-proof  your skills today.

“By 2021 a disruptive tidal wave will begin. Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs, with the biggest impact felt in transportation, logistics, customer service and consumer services.”
Brian Hopkins. Forrester Report

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“Excellent session. John made us feel at ease and have fun whilst giving us valuable advice and skills.”
– Liz Whitely

“Eye-opening and something that I’d do again”
– David Norris

“Scary but loads of fun too, brilliant.”
– Terry Corbett

“Really enjoyed it and got out of my comfort zone.
– Connor Aston


Rocket Steps. The art of communication.

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The Art of Communication

Showcase portfolio of John Cooper. Media creative working in Comedy, Illustration, Improvisation and Public speaking.