Blogs

11/21/2017

Training the trainer. Growing with the business growth hub.

Back in October I joined a programme called 'Spark 2 Scale'. A series of workshops run by The Business Growth Hub designed to boost businesses and help me grow the success of my own training sessions. I'm at the halfway point and already seeing benefits. From practical networking to personal effectiveness and growth hacking.   Here […]
11/14/2017

Storytelling at the Locality Convention

Storytelling: getting your voice heard. John Cooper blogs about the break out training session offered by Power to Change at the Locality Convention On the 14th November I was invited by community business organisation Power to Change to deliver a break out session at the Locality Convention in Manchester. If you were there, hello! Public speaking  […]
10/18/2017

A Life Less Ordinary

Choosing to put comedy, illustration and my other disciplines on one website might sound obvious, but it was actually a really tough decision. The term 'jack of all trades' is a phrase that has bugged me for years.  I know it's negative connotations and consider myself an optimist, but I've always thought I was one. […]
05/24/2017

What can business learn from a 33 hour long performance?

Last week I joined 30 other performers taking part in a thirty three hour long show that was completely improvised. It had comedy, high drama, songs and characters including a space pirate, a giant slug and a Cyberman (from Doctor Who) - that was me. You'd be right to wonder how this is relevant to […]
03/16/2017

Improvising interviews and fast learning - my podcast

I started my podcast in late 2016, interviewing people who use improvisation techniques in their work. Six months and fifteen episodes later and already it's paid off in more ways than I can think. Fifteen isn't a massive number of episodes for a podcast, but the original intention was to 'box it off' as a project with […]
02/16/2017

Real World Clients

  I've just delivered a couple of talks at 'WMUG', a group run by Mike Little one of the co-founders of the crazily popular WordPress system. The first was on podcasting and the second was on 'Real World Clients'. I've already posted on how I created the podcast over on my design blog, and if you're interested the podcast itself, interviewing […]
02/08/2017

Comedysportz returns to Manchester

Great news to see Comedysportz back in Manchester. It's been a long time since the last regular show at the Comedy Store, and now returning to the lovely new theatre space 53 TWO just off Deansgate lock feels just right. The regular monthly show in Sale Waterside has been selling out the last few months, with over […]
12/30/2016

My Top 5 TEDx talks of 2016.

For a bit of inspiration  in 2017, here's my top 5 pick of TEDx talks in 2016. It's the end of the year. Sad though it is I'm not going to dwell on the number of famous and talented deceased. We're all going to die one day, and I don't mean to be morbid. If […]
11/01/2016

On Tour with One Man Star Wars

September and October have been pretty epic. I've recently come back from my fourth tour support with the Charles Ross and his 'One Man Star Wars' Show. Three weeks on the road, playing sixteen venues across the UK, it's been as tiring as it has rewarding. One of the biggest highlights was playing Salford Lowry […]
08/22/2016

Doing a Half Marathon!

I'm doing a Half Marathon! In September I'll be running the Great North Run, a goal I've had since completing my first 10k last year. I'm running to raise cash for the National Eczema Society, so if you can donate, please do. Here's the https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JohnCooperComedy
John Cooper
Comedian & Improv coach
2024
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