STAND-UP & PRESENT
FOR CONFIDENCE & CHARACTER IN SPEAKING AND PRESENTING
I work with stand-up comedians as director, mentor and coach and I am increasingly invited into corporate contexts to run stand-up workshops. These range from half-a-day to a full 8 week stand-up course leading to a show in front of friends and colleagues! There are so many transferable skills that stand-up teaches you and what's more once you have done stand-up comedy no other kind of speaking or presenting holds any fears .
Clients include a number of ad agencies and media companies: M&C Saatchi (Lida), MRM Meteorite, 101 London, 180 Kingsday Amsterdam, McCann, Digitas, The Mill, ITV, Channel 4. Google. I have also provided workshops for legal and financial clients like Bank Paribas, UBS and Allen & Overy.
"So transferrable can stand-up skills be to other industries that Head now gets hired in-house by ad agencies, banks and law firms to give courses to employees to help them with things like pitching or giving presentations."
London Evening Standard
"Chris is - I say this rarely - a genius. He draws out your ideas and helps you shape them so they work. Then he shows you how to land them with power. And he does is with a real groundedness and calm that is hugely confidence building."
Over three million views for the TEDx talk Chris directed and script-edited.
Speaking Clients Testimonials
180 Kingsday (Amsterdam)
"Working with Chris was an absolute pleasure. He built a bespoke 2 day course for our team that was practical and entertaining allowing them to put the tools and advice into practice straight away."
Stephen Corlett, MD, 180 Kingsday (ad agency) Amsterdam
Bank Paribas (Amsterdam)
“We are an international team of portfolio managers working for BNP Paribas, and located in Hong Kong, Louisville in the US and Amsterdam. All of us have client contact and hold presentations on a regular basis.
For our annual team meeting in Amsterdam we were looking for a course which would help us to improve our presentation skills and at the same time could serve as a team building event. When searching through the vast offering of courses on the internet we found the Chris Head course on improving presentation skills using stand-up comedy techniques. This seemed to be the perfect one-day course for our team and we therefore invited the trainer Chris to come over to Amsterdam.
Chris gave us a day completely filled with funny exercises, good discussions on dos and don'ts when speaking for clients and some nice examples of a few of the best stand-up comedians out there. We really enjoyed the way he taught us how to handle hecklers and the course certainly helped us to get to know a lot more about each other. Therefore the team building targets were certainly met and we will also be much better equipped the next time we'll be presenting in front of our clients.”
Simon Devereux, Bank Paribas, Amsterdam
LIDA (M&C Saatchi)
“At LIDA we invest in a wide range of training. As part of the mix we have been engaging Chris Head to run an eight week stand-up comedy course for the last 8 years. Ten people from across the agency, across a wide range of disciplines and levels sign up. I can honestly say it is a truly brilliant course that I couldn’t recommend highly enough. Its fantastic for the individual - building confidence, self awareness and presentation skills. It's brilliant team building for the team that sign up each year and it is culturally part of our LIDA DNA now. The course culminates in a show. A night the whole agency gets behind and looks forward to. The best value for money training. Chris is simply brilliant.”
Victoria Fox, CEO at LIDA (M&C Saatchi)
"Briefed to bring presentation tips, insights and a bit of levity to our global meetings, Chris just delivers in spades. He's a great communicator and eminently clever - easy to brief and completely reliable. He thoroughly impressed middle and executive management alike - and that makes me look good!"
Carter Jackson, Chief of Staff, International
Creative Review magazine
Chris is interviewed about coaching stand-up skills to ad agencies to improve presentation and pitching.
In a lunchtime lecture, Chris shows how stand-up comedy skills can enliven and punch out a dry corporate message.