April 15, 2010

Take risks – little ones…

In August 2008 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 in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Tonight we have the first ever UK Election televised debates and they have the potential to really affect the election outcome

As a public speaker and comedy performer I know getting the audience “on side” is vital. It doesn’t matter if you are playing the comic looser e.g. Johnny Vegas, the nice guy – Michael McIntyre or Mr Angry  – Frankie Boyle (I’ll let you decide which party leader is which) the audience has to trust that you believe in your material. So it’s massively important that they believe their policies will be good for the country.

I’ve seen amateur comics be booed off stage before they open their mouths because their body language screams fear (which if you’ve ever stood in front of 300 drunken students is completely understandable).

So tonight we will see three men whose performances tonight could very well help decide the balance of power for the next 5 years and they will understandably be scared (although at least the audience won’t be drunk).

One of the 7 Keys I teach corporate audiences when I perform “Funny Business” is “Take risks – little ones”.

They will have spent weeks rehearsing and preparing, tonight is about showing character, believing in their material and being confident enough for the occasional ad lib and show they actually understand how the audience and the wider public really feels about the UK today

I know in many organisations, managers and leaders can be scared to discuss the truth or how they really feel. This can lead to the same old clichés being trotted out or the use of facts and figures or jargon to hide the truth.

For the three leaders tonight, fear will help keep them sharp, but if it overcomes them and they don’t say what they really believe or worse still, say nothing at all, the simple truth is they will lose what little credibility they have.

Something to think about the next time you have to make a presentation about your team, or department’s performance…

Click here to watch Marc’s showreel. If you would like to find out more about Marc, visit www.marchoganlive.com or to book him for a speaking event please contact your favourite speaker bureau.

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