Public speaking workshop in Brighton: Learning from standup comedy: July 24

Published: 21 Jun 2018

Newly launched adult ed organisation Yurt Academy is offering a workshop for those who would like to improve their public speaking and presentation skills and confidence, run by Gerry Thompson of Positive Comedy Training.


Tuesday July 24th 2018 18.00 to 2100, Brighton
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Discount offer:
15% Off first session: use code: YURT2018LAUNCH

About Yurt Academy:

Yurt Academy has just launched in Brighton, and will be opening soon in London and elsewhere. It’s about the sharing of ideas on culture and society, and offering personal and professional nourishment to ignite a passion for knowledge and life-long learning. For further info visit or contact the founder Alex Pearson at

About Gerry Thompson and Positive Comedy Training:

Gerry Thompson is an Irish standup comedian and public speaking coach who has run Positive Comedy for 20 years – helping people develop speaking and communication skills, by learning from how standup comedians do it. Gerry has coached many thousands of individuals and companies in speaking and presentation.

Contact Gerry by visiting
or email, or call 07986 561 860

About the workshop:

Just about everyone needs to be able to speak in public or make a professional presentation – whether it’s a regular work requirement, or perhaps just the occasional one-off such as a speech at a wedding. Either way, it can be a very challenging experience – about 60% of the population suffers from Glossophobia or fear of public speaking.

In this workshop we explore how the techniques used by standup comedians can help with this challenge, enabling us to be both more confident and more effective. After all, standups are extraordinary speakers/presenters, often in the most challenging of circumstances – so they must know a thing or two about overcoming the difficulties involved. 

What you will get from the session:

  • How to engage with an audience
  • How to build confidence and overcome nerves or anxiety
  • How to structure a talk or presentation
  • How to begin well, and how to end well
  • How to generate and use appropriate humour to enhance your impact and memorability
  • How to think on your feet, respond to unexpected developments, & turn disaster into advantage
  • The importance of being yourself

About us

Our mission is to help you achieve your ambitions by being part of our business community - connecting, supporting, promoting, informing and boosting you and your business. That also means supporting local business growth & providing a united voice in the Gatwick Diamond.
We aim for excellence by being proactive, committed, personal, open and engaging.

Get in touch

Tel: 01293 440088

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