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Marc Hogan, Inspirational Business Speaker  

Can a sales & communications trainer become an Edinburgh Festival comic in less than 12 months - all to win a £1 bet?

Marc Hogan an ex-sales and marketing professional with over 14 years experience,his Funny Business, S.A.L.E.S. and Inspirational Communication programmes have inspired audiences to seek out opportunities, tackle challenges & improve their communication and influencing skills. 

His personal and inspirational journey into comedy, complete with setbacks, triumphs and even a few tears and tantrums, will inspire the audience to see new possibilities and will teach them how to take personal action to achieve their goals. They will leave the room energised and empowered, ready to take on whatever lies ahead. 

Whether you are conscious of it or not, we all sell everyday. Some of us are paid to sell a product or service to our customers, others need to present our ideas to the Board, ask for a pay rise, or even try to convince our children to eat their greens.

No one likes to be "sold" to and God forbid that somebody tries to "close" us. So, what if, rather than your customer being "sold to" you could solve their problems for a fair and reasonable fee?

Marc's 5 step S.A.L.E.S. system will not only inspire your team, improve their communication skills and increase their sales. It will also ensure that they and their customers enjoy the process a whole lot more!

Depending upon audience size and organisational requirements, the S.A.L.E.S. system can be delivered as either an inspiring 90 minute keynote speech or for those looking for more in-depth knowledge it can be learnt over a one or two day training event.

Marc Hogan, Inspirational Business Speaker 

 

Marc Hogan, Inspirational Business Speaker

Can a sales & communications trainer become an Edinburgh Festival comic in less than 12 months - all to win a £1 bet?


In August 2008, while giving a talk to a business audience, a fellow speaker told Marc Hogan that he was “quite funny”. But would a paying audience who expect – nay, demand - laughs, think the same?
“So, you want me to do an open mic spot at a comedy club then?” Marc Hogan replied, “Right you are!”

But that was far too easy a challenge. Surely a professional speaker, used to playing big audiences, and sometimes even getting a laugh, should set his sights higher… or at least further North.


“I bet you £1 that you can’t put on a successful show at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.”

The bet was on: Marc had less than 12 months to perform a 1 hour comedy show for 21 nights at the world’s largest comedy festival.

And so it began; the open spots, the sleepless nights, the laughs, the silences, the boos, the booze,and the endless, endless writing, rewriting, rephrasing and finding different words for what became the biggest challenge of Marc’s life.

His personal and inspirational journey into comedy, complete with setbacks, triumphs and even a few tears and tantrums, will inspire the audience to see new possibilities and will teach them how to take personal action to achieve their goals. They will leave the room energised and empowered, ready to take on whatever lies ahead.

Marc's presentation is ideally suited as a conference keynote or after dinner speech with a profile of senior management to executive level. Marc can tailor the presentation to focus on dealing with challenges, taking risks, presentation skills, networking and team building.

Marc Hogan, Inspirational Business Speaker - Funny Business

Marc exudes confidence on the stage…and fulfils his aim to entertain his crowd and to win a £1 bet with his mate. He may have already won his bet, but if Marc’s opponent was to offer ‘double or quits’, I’d strongly urge Marc to accept and return to Edinburgh next year.”

Edinburgh Festival Feedback

“A master class in PowerPoint, using slides, graphs, photography, subliminal advertising, video and audio to great comic effect. “

BBC News Magazine


"Amazing! Marc challenged, provoked and entertained our International Technical Team, no mean feat since the 20 high ranking delegates were from all over Europe and Asia. We all left the training with a new perspective and we have all put the skills to good use since the event!"

Liz Kynoch - Group Technical & Trading Law Director, TESCO plc

"Marc was our guest speaker at our parties to celebrate becoming the National Customer Service Team of The Year. It was really going to take something special to engage this team. Marc was able to provide a fresh spark of inspiration and provoke people to think beyond their favoured ways of thinking. Engaging, energetic and inspirational - great stuff!"

Richard Brown - Head of Operations, BAA (Heathrow Express)

"The feedback we have had from participants has been extremely positive and some of your techniques could be witnessed in action during the day and later in the evening. We have all come away from the day feeling energised, motivated and more connected as a group. We really value the input you had into making this day a success."

Gwyn Griffiths - National Risk Manager, Deloitte

"Marc's presentation at our breakfast seminar was immensely enjoyable. His engaging and inspirational presentation style had the whole audience spellbound. Through his humorous and interactive approach, he motivated every single audience member and gave them skills to take away and practice."

Sandy Jarrett - Head of Marketing and Communication, Select Group

"Very funny, interesting, useful, and most importantly different." 

John Penny - General Manager, Reebok Sports Club London

"Marc was definitely the best guest speaker we have ever had presenting at our User Group meeting, which is quite a feat considering we have had guest speakers who have climbed Everest and sailed around the world! - I can't praise him enough."

Tony Flanagan - Marketing Manager, ASR Computers Ltd

"Outstanding speaker, really engaged with the whole audience. Marc has a natural ability to make people feel at ease and interact. His S.A.L.E.S input, with a comical slant really comes across well. Marc's talk would benefit everyone from all areas of business and I would highly recommend.

Jason Grove - Police Analyst, West Midlands ACPO Region 

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