January 23, 2014

New Natwest Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

New feedback:

Marc a massive thank you for your brilliant presentation today. Your presentation was hilarious, inspiring and thought provoking at one and the same time – quite an achievement.
The way you combined intelligent humour with psychology was impressive and I know this will have a lasting impression on the team. A number of people have already commented you were the best speaker Natwest has ever had. Thank you again Marc – I really hope we can work together again in the future.”

Warren Cooper Regional Director, Natwest


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January 21, 2014

12 Life Lessons from movies you might not expect and 3 you would

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival 21 nights. He won the bet!

12 Life Lessons from movies you might not expect….

  1. “I saw my whole life flash before my eyes!…It was boring!”
    Babs – Chicken Run
  2. “There are millions of people in the world, but in the end it all comes down to just one.”
    Nicole – Crazy/Beautiful
  3. “The secret to talking is listening.”
    Kelly – We Bought a Zoo
  4. “It’s just a flesh wound!”
    The Black Knight – Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  5. “It’s supposed to be hard, if it wasn’t hard everybody would do it. The hard… is what makes it great!”
    Jimmy Duggan – A League of Their Own
  6. “It’s easier to pull the trigger than to play a guitar. Easier to destroy than to create”
    El Mariachi – Desperado
  7. “You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.”
    Eames – Inception
  8. “It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.”
    Lester Burnham– American Beauty
  9. “The things you own end up owning you.”
    Tyler Durden – “Fight Club”
  10. “If you’re good at something never do it for free.”
    Joker – Dark Knight
  11. “Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.”
    Bruce Nolan – Bruce Almighty
  12. “Like a blind man at an orgy, I was going to have to feel my way through.”
    Frank Drebin from Naked Gun 33 1/3

And 3 you would….

  1. “Some people can’t believe in themselves until someone else believes in them first.”
    Good Will Hunting
  2. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
    Ferris – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  3. “Never tell me the odds!”
    Han Solo – The Empire strikes Back


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January 20, 2014

New Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Some new feedback:

“Each year we organise a print industry conference and are always looking for speakers who can both inspire and entertain. Marc certainly achieved both goals and more!
Marc’s talk was relevant, educational, motivational and extremely humourous – just what we wanted. Many thanks Marc for helping to make our event a success.”

Sidney Bobb Chairman BAPC (British Association for Print & Communication)

Audience Twitter Feedback

Thoroughly enjoyed Marc Hogan at @BAPC_UK Really made me think about how I approach things, Monday morning will be a different experience!”

Lou McKeen

Marc Hogan great work at the @BAPC_UK”

Mike Morris ‏

Marc Hogan is a brilliant mix of inspiration, laugh a minute, and gentle persuasion to fulfill your potential @BAPC_UK”

Brendan Perring

Great presentation Marc very informative and funny!!”

Kieran Parmar


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January 17, 2014

Slingshot

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Today has been a good day. After 3 weeks of being bound up in a sling since dislocating my shoulder (see previous blog) the good people at East Surrey Hospital have said I don’t need to wear it any more. I’m a very happy man.

Of course I’m not allowed to lift any heavy weights but usually the heaviest lifting I have to do on stage is my remote clicker so I think I’ll be ok.

It’s been an interesting few weeks. The day before I fell over I had been moaning about life and how hard it was to run your own business etc. etc. But falling over actually knocked some sense into me.

I remembered how incredibly lucky and privileged I am to do my job.

Probably like many of you I have attended a lot of courses over the years: Myers Briggs, Influence at work, Insights, NLP, Hypnosis, CBT, countless sales trainings, Comedy Workshops, Six Thinking Hats. I even attended one on Energy (what can I say my aura was feeling low). The list goes on and on. The one thing they’ve all taught me is that how we feel is determined by what goes on in our head. Of course it’s very easy to forget that when we leave the workshop, I call it chair amnesia.

In the three weeks I couldn’t do very much. I read a lot and revisited some of those techniques and strategies on my ipad. I tried to convince Kirsty that my ipad was too heavy and that due to my injury I needed the new lighter ipad mini, but that didn’t wash.

Now if I can suffer from chair amnesia and I teach thinking skills, I wonder how many other people go on course, attend a seminar, listen to a work keynote, and leave with the best of intentions but when the pressure is on find they forget everything and instead return to a default way of thinking.

One of the things I’m particularly guilty of is demand thinking. Many times my Editor says, “I must do this / I should do this / I ought to do this / I must not make a mistake”. The problem with this type of thinking is that increases the pressure to be perfect, which can lead to frustration, anger and disappointment. Even worse, it can lead to rebellion, to doing the opposite of what you ‘should’ do in the first place.

So the next time your Editor says you must do something, perhaps you could decide to change it to, “I would like to do this,” or “I would have preferred not to make a mistake”.

Remember you can edit your Editor. And you don’t need a dislocated shoulder to remind you of that fact.

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January 5, 2014

Morphine and Helicopters

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

On December 30, I was walking with my wife (Kirsty), my dalmatian Henry on the beautiful Dorset coastal path reflecting on the successes and failures of 2013 and looking ahead to 2014 – you know the type of stuff, eat less, go to the gym more, get six pack abs, write more often, learn Mandarin.

Then I slipped. Not a big slip, but I did do a rather dainty pirouette (Len would have been so proud) before I hit the ground, hard. Now I’m used to being pulled over by my dog but today was different. Unlike every other time I simply couldn’t get up.

Inconveniently my right shoulder had decided it did not like the rest of my body and decided to detach itself. Not fully of course but it definitely ended up in a different place to where it was supposed to be.

I don’t count myself as a wimp, I’ve had two motorbike crashes, I’ve lost a front tooth (when I say lost I mean someone stronger than me helpfully removed it) but dislocating a shoulder really is rather painful.

Henry my loyal rescue Dalmatian was brilliant – when he saw me fall on the ground and cry out in pain he immediately ran to my left hand which had been holding a rather lovely granola bar, ripped it out my hand and ran off to eat it (I should have left him in Battersea).

Kirsty took a slightly different course of action and told me to stop moaning and get up but even she eventually realised something was wrong and called 999.

Luckily we weren’t on a high point of the Dorset coastal path but nonetheless we weren’t close to any roads so the Ambulance Service had to call out a helicopter.

15 minutes later, Alan, Claire and some other nice ambulance folk arrived (sorry I cant remember everyone’s name, but to be honest I had some other things on my mind that day). They proceeded to cut me out of my brand new expensive jacket which Henry then ran off with and ripped it to shreds.

They were all lovely especially when they gave me a large dose of morphine and a lot of gas and air. They weren’t so lovely when they tried to put my shoulder back into its socket. To be fair I probably didn’t help myself when Claire asked me to hold the gas and air mouthpiece with my left hand and I replied “bloody NHS, I bet you I wouldn’t have to hold it myself if it was a BUPA air ambulance” then for some reason all I can remember is a huge amount of pain and awful lot strangulated screaming (I think a pod of dolphins showed up at that point thinking one of their own was in trouble). But unfortunately my shoulder would not go back into its socket. I’m pretty sure I heard one of the ambulance crew say “he’s had all the morphine he is allowed” and that I probably needed some ketamine, of course I could be making that up as at that point Claire turned into a cat…

Unfortunately I don’t remember much of the helicopter journey. However, the bit at the hospital that most sticks in my mind was when a rather burly (my wife would say hunky) nurse practitioner called Fred decided to give me enough morphine to knock out a horse and then rather forcefully (in my opinion) yanked my arm out at 90° and then rotated it above my head as I manfully screamed and wept like a baby and skilfully put my shoulder back into it right place.

After that there was an overwhelming sense of calm and relief and Richard another lovely chap brought me a cup of tea, got me in a sling and a gown and 40 minutes later I was back safe and warm in our holiday cottage

So I just wanted to thank the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance crew and everyone at Dorchester County hospital, you were absolutely brilliant. It may not be the perfect start to 2014 but I’m pretty sure without your speedy help it could have been an awful lot worse.

To find out more about Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and their work check out: www.dsairambulance.org.uk


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