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BIG Skills Day

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013


Title: BIG Skills Day
Location: MadLab
Date: 22-02-2012
Start Time: 11:00
End Time: 18:00
Booking: sign up here







Are you looking to add a touch of humour to your repertoire of speaking skills?

This course gives you new tools and perspectives drawn from stand-up comedy. The day features practical, creative and inspiring exercises and activities alongside analysis of videos of stand-up comedians.

Get into your natural conversational tone, being in the moment with the audience so you come across as responsive, interactive and dynamic.
Discover how to give your content real life and impact – even when not going for laughs. The skills you will learn enliven, create interest, engagement and surprise, not just laughter.
Learn how to be more effectively funny when you want to be. How ‘misdirection’ is a simple and powerful tool for creating jokes and funny moments.
Learn how to deliver and time funny lines. And how to recover if it goes wrong.
Deal with heckling and all of the challenges that can be thrown at you in public speaking situations, from small intimate groups to the largest and most formal occasions.
Create a ‘thought process’ and achieve a feeling of spontaneity.
Take a fresh look at starting and ending your presentations. Discover how a seemingly informal opening can work wonders before you get into the traditional opening. And how an unexpected postscript can really punch home and make memorable the whole speech.

The Trainer

Chris Head works with new and experienced comedians, corporate clients including Google, BNP Paribas, the advertising agencies BNP and Lida, and has previously worked with groups of science communicators (including Maths Inspiration and Festival of the Spoken Nerd) on incorporating stand-up skills into their work.


£45 for BIG Members which includes a light lunch and refreshments. Non-members will have to join first at an additional annual cost of £30. Once you join, you can register for the event straight away.


Please email with any questions about BIG or the event.