founder of naked leader
Naked Leader Week – 295 – Monday 16 February 2009
The Comedy Store
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Last Monday evening one of my life’s ambitions was fulfilled
I played the world – famous comedy store in London (link to http://www.thecomedystore.co.uk/)
Imagine – a 30 minute stand – up routine in the home of comedy, with a sell – out crowd of 400 lively hecklers!
Was I nervous?!
Actually, in truth – it was more of a 12 minute business focused stand – up routine, and those 400 people were actually very kind, supportive and forgiving
I was nervous, anyway!
Thanks to the organisers – The London Business Forum – (http://www.londonbusinessforum.com/events/stand_up_business_2)
We raised over £13,000 for Help the Hospices ( http://www.helpthehospices.org.uk/)
I learned many things that night – the three main ones being:
- The best question to ask yourself before you go on, when you are feeling nervous – “Would I rather not be here, about to go on?” This can be applied to many areas of our lives
- Many tips on how to interact with an audience – the top one is that when someone says something, simply repeating it, and pausing can get the biggest laugh – I learned this from a total master at his craft – Neil Mullarkey – go see him if you get a chance http://www.neilmullarkey.com/
- I could never have done this if I had not spoken at so many schools over the last few years – I only realised this after the event – trust me on this one, if you want to improve your communications go talk to a school. The kids will be so welcoming, grateful and direct with their questions!
Oh yes, and a special mention to the top of the bill – Steve McDermott – quite simply the funniest, and most effective, speaker on the circuit
All that, and I got to wear my Woking FC football shirt!
With my best wishes