with Keith Palmer
9am to 5:30pm • Registration £247
A fun, one-day event exploring how to become a more powerful and authentic communicator using comedy techniques.
"A+++++++ as they say on Ebay!"
Kevin Chapman, RADA Corporate Enterprises
A well judged injection of comedy into any situation can provide light relief or, with some careful planning, a thought-provoking alternative view to serious matters. Comedy is a great medium for communication - when you are laughing you're listening, and when you're listening you're learning.
What techniques do comedians use to establish immediate rapport with their audiences? Why are these techniques so effective and how can they be used in business situations? And how can we tell stories that move and engage our audience? We'll explore authenticity and personas, and examine the assumptions about one another. We'll also look at issues that can hinder us from presenting effectively and demystify some common fears.
What will you get from this event?
• Increased confidence
• Awareness of how you come across to others
• Strategies for dealing with your challenges in communication
• Tools and tips for authentic and powerful communication
• Tools to help you deliver difficult messages and become a master story teller
Keith Palmer is the founder and director of The Comedy School. He is an experienced producer, facilitator, and consultant on the comedy circuit, in television and arts education projects.
Over the last 20 years, he has provided bespoke training and personal development programmes for organisations including The Princes Trust, British American Drama Academy, The ICA, The National Youth Theatre, Equity, St Marys University, 20th Century Fox and the NHS.
As an events producer, Keith organised Nelson Mandela's visit to Brixton in 1996, has run a number of comedy festivals with high profile professional comedians, such as Jo Brand, Hugh Dennis, Arthur Smith and Neil Mullarkey, and most recently, produced the sell-out tribute to the late Felix Dexter at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo.
"The service provided was professional, thoughtful and fun!" Carbon Neutral Company
with Luke Sorba
10am to 4pm • Registration £247
"The best training I have ever done."
Intercontinental Hotels Group.
For people who need to think on their feet in a fast paced, changing environment. A highly interactive, one-day event packed with exercises and games from comedy
improvisation, each with a relevant message for the working environment. It blends
spontaneity with set frameworks, in way that is accessible to all.
Working as a group and in pairs, we'll use exercises to facilitate sharing common goals,
developing trust and collaborative techniques. The event also helps identify common blocks
to team work, and offers ways to deal with them.
What will you get from this event?
• Ability to cope with the unexpected
• Learn how to break out of unresourceful habits and patterns
• Confidence by doing stuff you never thought you would or could
• Understand the impact of sharing responsibility
• New concepts and language that you can apply at work.
Luke Sorba is an internationally renowned improviser and facilitator. His corporate clients
have ranged from BP to BUPA, Sky TV to St Mungo's Homeless Charity, Microsoft to the NHS,
KPMG to GSK, schools in Hackney to businesses in Cape Town and Bangkok. In the last year
he has performed with Paul Merton, Ross Noble and Marcus Brigstocke. He has written and
appeared in panel games and sitcoms on radio and TV and taken shows to the USA, Australia
"I liked how it gradually built up the team's confidence and enabled them. Luke's facilitation
brought the best out of our team and I was very proud of them."
"Learning Thru Laughter" courses can be tailored and adapted according to your organisation's needs. They can run as either half or full day programmes. They can be
enhanced for senior executive leaders through individual coaching from the countries top comedians and
These courses are also offered on set dates at The Comedy School in Camden, London, for individuals to participate under their own auspices or as sponsored by an employer or organisation.
Click to read how about how one of our courses helped a team of ACA students.
All profits from these events are invested straight back into our social impact programmes.
So, by enrolling on these events, you will be helping The Comedy School fund:
• Our knife awareness initiative
"It's No Joke!" which works with schoolchildren to
transform their attitudes to carrying offensive weapons
• Our work in mental health
• Our work in developing employability skills with the vulnerable.