Presentation Skills Workshop

We’re running a Presentation Skills workshop on Saturday 28th September run by ComedySportz player and Stand-Up comic John Cooper. This one day class will show you how to use the skills of a stand up comic to help deliver engaging, entertaining presentations for your work and business.

This fun and friendly session is perfect for anyone looking to build confidence in public speaking or learn new tricks to help spice up their presentations.

Below you will find a few tips and tricks to get you started!

Use the skills of a stand up comic to deliver entertaining presentations

Make A Connection

Whether you’re talking to ten people or over a hundred, before rolling out pie charts and bar graphs, you must make a connection with your audience. You’re speaking to people, not performing a monologue.

Try sharing a short personal story with a positive outcome in only three sentences; beginning, middle and end. Show your audience that you don’t fear them, and you’re human.

Once More With Feeling

Like a good comic would, approach your presentation topic from as many angles as you can think of. Try finding fresh ways of expressing the subject. Don’t cram too much in. Let your personality come out, it’s not an exam.

Give your brain and mouth room to breathe during rehearsal and delivery. Keep the language simple and natural, the way you would normally speak. Don’t become a mechanical delivery automaton.

Watch A Stand-Up Comic

If you have a favourite comedian, go and watch them live. Observe how they move and speak. Aside from their jokes, great comedians have a pace and rhythm that complements their personality. They have a strong sense of their own identity and how they are perceived.

What is yours?

Deliver fun and engaging presentations

The Bridge

There’s a phrase in stand-up comedy: “Put your best jokes at the beginning and end, and let the middle sort itself out.”

As a metaphor, imagine columns supporting a bridge. Place the strongest points of your presentation at the beginning and end. Then think of each topic in your presentation as a pillar, evenly spread across the bridge.

This helps build rhythm to your delivery.

Keep It Clean

Making people laugh is a great way to deliver a talk that will be memorable. It’s also a minefield of personal taste, sense of humour and knowing when it is and isn’t appropriate within the context of subject you’re speaking on.

Comedians learn this the hard way. Three words of advice: Keep. It. Clean.

Take A Presentation Skills Workshop With ComedySportz

If you’d like to learn more you can sign up to the presentation skills workshop here. There will be plenty of laughter and learning and valuable feedback from John. The workshops will run Saturday 28th September 12.30-4.30pm. Workshops are held at the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester.

The full cost of the presentation skills workshop is £45. Price includes £10 non-refundable deposit. Alternatively, you can pay the £10 deposit here and pay the rest on the day.

Want to take your learning even further? We’re also running an 8 week course in Stand-Up Comedy for those wishing to develop their own material with regular practice performing in a safe and supportive environment.

Looking to build connections, develop your listening and communication or get comfortable with going off script? Why not try our 8 week Improvisation classes?

Both Beginning Stand-Up Comedy and Foundation in Improv commence 5th October and will run Saturdays 12.30-2.30pm for 8 weeks. Visit our workshops pages for more information or get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our workshops and classes are fully accredited by CSzWorldwide so when you take a workshop with ComedySportz you’re not just drawing from our 18 years+ experience teaching and performing but from the combined experience of over 30 ComedySportz teams worldwide.

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Autumn Winter 2019 Workshop Dates

Our regular 8 week classes in Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy will return in October. Postponed from May, we are delighted that we will once again be running our Presentation Skills one day workshop in September. We’re very close to confirming dates for our next Sketch Writing course and these will be going up on our website soon – sign up to our mailing list today to never miss an update!

New Term – New Classes!

We’re trying something new with our continuing/intermediate improv workshops this time round. We will continue to run a rolling curriculum of workshops that focus on different skills and aspects of improvised performance but instead of having to sign up to a bulk course you can now drop in as often as you like. We’re trialling this new way of running the course for the autumn and will be announcing a schedule of workshops closer to the start date. Each session will cost just £5.

The intermediate workshops will be for people who have attended our Foundation Improv or an equivalent course/background as a certain level of knowledge will be assumed. If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Keep an eye out on our website for a schedule of workshops!

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Courses with ComedySportz

Courses are fun, friendly and affordable. We encourage play in safe and supportive environment and workshops are a great way to learn new skills whilst meeting new people. People from all backgrounds attend our workshops for lots of different reasons – to build confidence, learn performance skills, develop communication and presentation skills for work or just to play and have fun for a couple of hours every weekend!

Most workshops will take place in a new venue – the ThoughtWorks space in Federation House, Balloon St, Manchester. We are delighted that this space is fully wheelchair accessible. This is a new workshop space for us in the heart of the city and we’re very exciting to bring our classes to this new environment.

ComedySportz Manchester (CSzUK) is part of CSz Worldwide, one of the largest improv comedy and performance schools in the world. Facilitators are fully accredited by CSz Worldwide and have over a decade’s teaching experience. Join Manchester’s longest running improv and comedy classes today.

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You can pay in full now or pay a small non-refundable deposit to secure your place and pay the rest later. If you would like to make alternative payment plans we will try to accommodate you where possible.

Visit our workshops page today to find out more and book a space on one of our courses!

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Intensive Workshops – Don’t Miss Out!

There are just a few spaces left on our intensive workshops this May/June so don’t miss out on your chance to sign up to Manchester’s longest running  comedy classes this Summer!

Whether you’re looking to learn new skills, brush up on some old ones or just want to spend a fun weekend rediscovering your playful side there is something for everyone with our fun, friendly and affordable range of courses.

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2 Day Intensive Workshops

Foundation Improv (Full Price Deposit)

Learn the core skills of Improv comedy with ComedySportz including Yes, And, Listening, Objects and Storytelling.

Beginning Stand Up (Full PriceDeposit)

We’ll help you hone your comedic voice with this short course covering everything from material generation to mic technique.

Sketch Writing (Full PriceDeposit)

Craft your sketches in this two day course covering everything from the perfect premise to the killer punchline.

Longform Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

This short introduction to longform improv will explore popular formats and edits. A deeper dive into creating whole improvised worlds and narratives.

Musical Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Find the key to unlock the skills needed for improvised songs and rhyme. You don’t need a great singing voice to take part just a strong desire to have some fun!

1 Day Intensive Workshops

Character Improv (Full PriceDeposit)

Do all of your improv characters feel a little flat? Explore ways to bring new life to your on stage creations.

Presentation Skills (Full PriceDeposit)

Discover ways to engage your audience by employing performance skills to enliven your work presentations and brush up on your networking with confidence.

Stand Up “Your Next 5 Minutes” (Full PriceDeposit)

Completed one of our courses or looking to hone your new material? Stuck in a rut and want to put a bit of spark back into your jokes? Then this stand up comedy class is for you!

 

All prices include a non-refundable deposit (£30 for 2 Day classes, £10 for 1 Day classes). You can pay in full now or pay your deposit to secure your space and pay the rest later.

If you’ve taken one of our (or similar) improv comedy classes before we will also be running a six week intermediate improv course. This will run at the same time as our intensives so there are discounts for anyone who signs up to multiple courses – get in touch today to find out more.

Our courses and workshops are accredited by CSz Worldwide – one of the world’s largest schools for shows and comedy classes.

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Want to know more about our courses? You can also come along to our Intermediate Workshops Showcase on Sunday 28th April at The Kings Arms (starts 7.30pm) which will be followed by a short improv jam and an opportunity to talk to course facilitators about our comedy classes.

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Intensive Workshops

We are delighted to announce a series of intensive workshops and courses that will run throughout May and June in Improv, Stand Up, Sketch and so much more!

As well as short courses that cover more specialised skills we’ll be starting this season of intensive workshops with two day versions of our Foundation in Improv and Beginning Stand Up Comedy courses. These classes are ideal for anyone who has not been able to attend or commit to our longer eight week sessions. Our longer courses will return later in 2019.

You can pay in full now or just pay a small non-refundable deposit (£30 for two Day Intensives, £10 for one day intensives) to secure your space. All courses will run in the theatre spaces of the Kings Arms, Salford.

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Two Day Intensive Workshops

Foundation in Improv

4th-5th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

Learn the core skills and tenets of improvised performance including: Yes, And, Listening, Character, Objects, Storytelling, scene work, and an introduction to games. No previous performance experience required.

Beginning Stand Up Comedy

4th-5th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

Learn the core skills you’ll need to craft your first five minutes of stand up. Covering everything from material generation to mic technique we’ll help you find your comedic voice. No previous performance experience required.

Sketch Writing

18th-19th May 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

This short course will help you develop written sketch material from the perfect premise to the killer punchline. We’ll look at ways to hone and craft your material as well defeating any writers number one enemy – the blank page! No previous experience required.

Longform Improv

1st-2nd June 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £75 for the whole course.

This short introduction to longform improv will explore the depth of storytelling and character development possible through longform improv. This course will introduce you to popular longform formats & scene edits. Some previous experience in performance and/or improvisation is recommended. Attendees will also gain free entry to Improv Mullet our combined shortform and longform show on Saturday 1st June.

Musical Improv

15th-16th June 2019. 12.30-5pm each day. £85 for the whole course.

Find the key (geddit?) to unlocking your tuneful side. Covering everything from rhythm to rhyme we’ll introduce you to the core skills to help you improvise songs. We’ll help you find the confidence you need to sing off-script – and it doesn’t matter if you’re off-key either. No previous experience required.

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One Day Intensive Workshops

Character Improv

18th May 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

Often find yourself on stage just playing… yourself? This short course will explore ways to create characters that are as fun to watch as they are to perform.  Previous performance experience recommended but not required.

Presentation Skills

19th May 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

This intensive session will explore ways of using performance to skills to help you develop more effective presentations for business and events. If you’re the kind of person who dreads speaking in front of crowds then this safe, supportive workshop will help you find the confidence you need! No previous experience required.

Stand Up Comedy – Your Next 5 Minutes

1st June 2019. 12.30-5pm. £45 for the whole course.

Is your set stuck in a rut? Whether you’ve previously attended our Beginning Stand Up Comedy course or on the circuit but going in circles, this intensive workout will help you stretch your creative muscles and hone those funny bones.

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Sign Up Today!

Don’t delay and visit our workshops page today to sign up with Manchester’s longest running comedy performance courses. Got questions about any of our workshops or classes – perhaps you’d like to know more about our workshops for schools and businesses? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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