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19th May – Stand Up comedy for work presentations workshop

The next ‘Present Yourself’ workshop is taking place on Sunday 19th May in Manchester and is being run by Comedysportz UK.

This is a one day 5 hour intensive workshop running from 12.30 – 5pm.
Tickets are just £45

 

Taking experience from the demanding environment of stand-up comedy, this workshop helps unlock creative thinking and building authentic confidence in front of an audience. This short intensive session will cover some practical methods and discussion on how to increase engagement, better storytelling and ad-libbing while staying on topic.

CSzUK is part of CSzWorldwide, one of the world’s largest comedy schools. We utilise applied improv and performance techniques to get the best from people in workshops that are fun, friendly and affordable. Boost your presentation skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Sunday 19th May. 12.30-5pm. Kings Arms, Salford. £45 for this workshop (or £10 non refundable deposit, the remainder needed by the course date).

Improvising in Ireland at Improv Utopia

I had an amazing time this weekend  at Improv Utopia in Ireland.  Joining over 100 improvisers from all over the world for games, workshops and loads of fun.

An opportunity to meet an improvise with folk from the USA, Ireland and  other countries all in one place. I’ve been to plenty of improv conventions in America over the last ten with my comedysportz troupe,  and honestly didn’t know what to expect from this – but it was every bit as cool as I’d hoped.

 

We took over Newgrange Lodge just North of  Dublin with some expert teachers including Nick Armstrong, Katy Schutte, and Neil Curran as well as the lovely Craig and Carla Cackowski From L.A.

Watching improv people together in large groups is quite a thing to behold, and probably quite curious to the outside world.  We played ‘diamond dance’ outside in the blistering sunshine. It’s a game about dance moves, but also leadership…but really – dance moves!  I could see the staff of Newgrange Lodge watching us, clearly a little bewildered and  amused by what they were watching.

Each workshop covered a different discipline.  From group work to using emotion, character and selling yourself.  The weekend reaffirmed  my love for improv and how it’s a great tool for connecting and building relationships.  Improv Utopia has been running for many years in the US, but this is the first time they have organised a residential outside of the US – and it proved to be a great success.  Big thanks to all the guys who put it together, it felt like being in America without actually being in America.

Sell it! – workshop with Craig Cackowski

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About John Cooper

He’s performed in hundreds of theatres around the UK and internationally as part of the CSz Manchester improv troupe. He has delivered workshops on how to use humour  and improv in business, taking part in the BBC2 series ‘The Speaker’ and the BBC New Comedy Awards. John is author of Present Yourself! – An illustrated guide to speaking in public and building confidence.