July 1, 2014

Unilever 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!

Recent feedback from Unilever:

Marc, on behalf of the Unilever Category Management team I’d like to say a
massive thank you for the time you spent with us last week. Your session
was a hugely engaging and enjoyable way to start our team day.

You delivered some brilliant business truths in a manner that involved and
captivated the team in equal measure. The feedback from the team was
that they found your words gave them practical advice and inspiration to
try things outside their comfort zone. Thanks again for such a memorable and humorous session.”

Adrian Adams – Head of Category Management, Unilever UK & Ireland


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June 4, 2014

Living a Lie

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!

Don’t worry I’m not about to announce that my life is a sham and that all I really want to do is become a drag queen called Amanda Lick.

No. I’m talking about the lie that ‘all tasks are equal’.

Let me you run though my normal day.

I get up, drive my wife to the station, walk the dog for 90 minutes, have a shower get changed, breakfast, answer emails, speak to potential clients, lunch, do the washing up.

By that stage it’s probably 2pm. Then it’s time to walk the dog again for another hour, check out social media and professional journals for relevant developments, before starting to prepare dinner. Now I haven’t even factored in any public speaking at that point. I may have to drive or get on a train, or fly for 5 or 6 hours before speaking to a conference or other event.

I can already hear the indignation in your voices. My day is a cake walk to what some of you are doing, juggling work, children, shopping, cleaning, exercise, and perhaps if you’re lucky an occasional (very occasional) drink with friends.

However, while all the stuff you do is probably important and urgent, if you took a moment to reflect, I wonder if like me you confuse activity for productivity?

I’m particularly lucky in my job and I meet a lot of very clever, ambitious and successful people. This week I learned a valuable lesson from one of them that achievement is not down to doing lots of things poorly, it’s about doing one thing really well.

It’s going to be hard to break the habit of a lifetime but tomorrow I’m going to try and prioritise just one thing and do it really well. Let’s see where it will take me…


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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!

Recent feedback:

Marc, I hope you enjoyed addressing a roomful of lawyers at our recent National Partners’ Conference. You deftly managed to walk the tightrope of stand up comedy and a useful business message in delivering an amusing and thought provoking after dinner speech. Many thanks and good luck for the future.”

David West – Consultant, Freeths LLP


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May 14, 2014

The Drugs Don’t Work

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!

I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for nearly a decade, and in that time I worked very closely with Pfizer who are currently looking to buy AstraZeneca.

It’s perhaps a little telling that AstraZeneca sales reps were simply known as AZ whilst Pfizer reps were called Pschizer (the P is silent).

Of course with 503 male MPs whose average age is 50, the fact that Pfizer make Viagra may of course sweeten any deal…

Be that as it may when any two companies merge there is bound to be what managers call “rationalisation” or job cuts as it’s known in English.

The real question is what does this uncertainty do to the morale of the workforce?

Now I understand that companies merge or get taken over all the time and only time will tell if this proposed merger is a good or bad thing but if it was my company I’d be holding regular and clear briefings with the workforce. There is nothing worse than reading about your job in the papers before your boss tells you about it.

More importantly, I’ve worked with many companies where employee disengagement post-merger is a real danger

People feel their job security is threatened.

Battle lines are drawn and an “us vs. them” attitude emerges.

People feel disempowered as overall decisions are waited from the top

This all leads to a very real loss of morale and I’m pretty sure they neither Pfizer nor Astra Zeneca are allowed to dish out anti-depressants as part of their employees’ package.

What’s really important post merger is that a ‘shared vision’ is created and that there is constant, honest communication with employees, where both sides can communicate honestly and constructively. Just as important, who are the ‘real influencers’ in a team or a department? These people will be vital for any successful merger.

No matter what happens next, Mergers and Acquisitions are here to stay but history is littered with failures EBay and Skype, NewsCorp and MySpace, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq to name but a few.

Let’s hope Pfizer and AstraZeneca doesn’t turn out the same…


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May 13, 2014

Recent 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!

Recent feedback:

Marc’s presentation was excellent. His easy style connected with and engaged the audience right from the off. He left us all with plenty of food for thought and with inspiring ideas to help us to face ‘whatever’ situation we are presented with in the future.

He was, sincere, candid, charming and of course … very funny and I would have no hesitation recommending him to anyone in the future!”

Audrey L. Hall – Conference and Event Manager, Lansdowne Publishing

“Marc can I say how much many of us enjoyed your session; it was exactly what we needed at the right time – funny, inventive and engaging.”

Phillip Shelley – National Vice Chair, Hospital Caterer’s Association

“Thanks again Marc. We loved the evening, lots of customers have mentioned your speech and make sure if you are doing any more comedy shows I get an invite!”

Mark Hinder, Market Development Manager – Konica Minolta UK and Nordics

“Marc, everyone at Konica Minolta was really pleased and they thoroughly enjoyed your presentation, thank you!”

Charlotte Graham-Cumming, Joint Managing Director – Ice Blue Sky


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March 19, 2014

Business Recipe For Disaster

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!

Business Recipe for Disaster

  1. Take one large fat cat.
  2. Add a soupcon of smugness.
  3. Fillet profitable elements of business and set aside.
  4. Over marinate in EU regulations.
  5. Place a large under (paid) seasoned work force in pressure cooker.
  6. Ignore correct cooking instructions and set oven to ‘get rich quick’.
  7. Let investors seethe gently over a low interest rate.
  8. Grate workforce by paying large bonus to management team.

  9. Simmer nerves and reduce tax payment.
  10. Wait for meal to boil over and serve to an unsuspecting public who will pick up the bill


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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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