January 22, 2016

New Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Recent feedback

“Marc was given the unenviable task of presenting to an experienced sales force following a carb fuelled lunch, ensuring that he engaged with them and brought something different to speaker’s they’ve heard from previously. Marc delivered an entertaining, thought provoking & interactive presentation which brought together Marc’s real life experience whilst stimulating the audience.
The key to the afternoon was how Marc related his situation to the teams’ approach to business, customers and more importantly themselves, resulting in them identifying how to change their way of thinking to their day to day lives. Overall Marc brought a different approach to your archetypal key note speaker in terms of the delivery and message which I’d highly recommend..”

John Ryszkowski – Commercial Director, ACO Water Management


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January 6, 2016

Recent Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Recent feedback

“Marc’s presentation provided an exciting and thought-provoking end to our sales conference. A cleverly balanced blend of humour and messages to challenge minds and attitudes, Marc’s style was both uplifting and energising and provided the perfect finale to a successful meeting.”

Phil Power – Marketing Manager, Kärcher


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December 14, 2015

More Feedback From Happy Clients

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Recent feedback

“Marc, thank you, it was the best way to start our event and I have had nothing but positive comments from our delegates. You were very easy to work with and you used the brief given very effectively. Thanks very much and I will be recommending you in the future. A fabulous presentation, engaging and very inspiring. ”

Lesley Gawthorpe – International Change & Process Management, Lockheed Martin

“Marc was great, interesting, funny and still got to the heart of some of the real challenges we all face when communicating with others. It was really enjoyable and a great way to start our day.”

Nicky Carter – Head of HR, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

“Thanks for your very engaging and enjoyable presentation yesterday, it was just right for the opening event. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Martin Eves – Human Resources Director, Kronos

“Huge thanks to Marc for helping BCS to deliver a very professional event which proved to be both fun and engaging and our best event ever!

Marc was well prepared and delivered in a very engaging way – exactly what we asked for. We have had all the feedback in and the day was a big success. Thanks for all your efforts to make it go so smoothly.”

Gavin O’Rourke – Managing Director, BCS Consulting


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June 30, 2015

Recent Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Recent feedback

“When looking to book an external speaker it’s always difficult finding the right balance between someone that will engage with and hold the attention of an audience whilst they are delivering some key business messages. Marc Hogan was perfect! His mixture of our key messages linked to his own personal experiences and brand of humour was fantastic!.

I’ve lost count of the number of people who, after the conference have asked if we can make sure that we book Marc for next year.

Thank you Marc it was both hugely enjoyable and professional , and I look forward to seeing you at our conference next year”

John Johnston – Deputy Group Chief Executive, Bernicia Housing Group


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January 19, 2015

New Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Recent feedback

“Marc’s talk was the perfect end to our National Sales Meeting. The key points were clearly identified and taken on board by all participants.

Since the meeting the feedback from my external sales team has been over and above my expectations. I have heard many remarks about ‘Editing our editor’ and ‘Opportunities are all around us’. This was music to my ears!

Marc’s journey is humorous inspirational and more importantly thought provoking – Overall fantastic!”

Julia McWilliams – Director, Hermes Abrasives


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January 16, 2015

Finance Planning Group Feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Recent feedback from the Finance Planning Group

Dear Marc
We had lots of positive feedback from the delegates, which I can summarise as follows:

“Enthralling – held my attention through-out the whole presentation”

“Entertaining and relevant to what we do”

“Captivating speaker – could have gone on much longer”

“Helped me remember some of the psychology of sales in a very humorous way”

“Better than the one we had last time!”

From our point of view as Conference organisers, you delivered exactly what you said you were going to deliver and in a very professional and entertaining manner, with bundles of humour.

Thank you again.

Terry McCutcheon – Chief Execuctive, Finance Planning Group


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  • Filed under: Blog Posts — marchogan @ 10:47 am
November 4, 2014

To thine own self be true

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

As everyone who’s heard Funny Business will know, one of the seven keys that journey taught me was about the importance of help from others – ask and you shall receive.

Well, what better way of asking for help than the guidance and assistance you get from a mentor?

Ok I know there’s a debate about mentors versus sponsors versus coaches, but I’m not planning to even touch on that. What I’m talking about are those people who willing work with you, providing advice and guidance, challenging you to push yourself further, or to look at things another way, pushing you to achieve your potential and instilling confidence in you. Personally I don’t even think this has to be formal – to me, “will you be my mentor?” smacks of the playground request,”will you be my girlfriend / boyfriend?”

Instead I think that the informal supportive relationships can work best.

Even then the challenge is in creating this type of relationship. Busy, successful people, might make amazing mentors, but only if they can find the time and see the benefit. Like the job market you need to stand out. Here are my top tips for bagging yourself that mentor (and no kidnapping them is not the answer!).

1. Start with a small simple request – a coffee / short meeting.

2. Then get your elevator pitch sorted out – they need to know who you are and what you want from them.

3. Take some time to think about what you could offer them – whether it’s the satisfaction if helping someone achieve their full potential or perhaps the possibility if access to different networks or even the chance to test drive a possible job candidate.

4. Shakespeare got it right – “be true to yourself” – your mentoring relationship must be based on trust so save the blagging for the pub on a Friday night.

Which leads me to my last tip…

5. Be humble and grateful (but not gushing!). Let the relationship grow slowly and take time to show your gratitude as you go through.

This blog is dedicated to all those people who helped me in my Edinburgh journey – you know who you all are – without you I’d be £1 worse off but more importantly be poorer in terms of life experiences.


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September 18, 2014

Scotland The Brave / Wur All Doomed

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

So in less than 24 hours Scotland may have overthrown the tyrannical yoke of English rule, or they’ll decide that the sassonachs are not too bad and we’ll give them more money.

Of course if they do vote for independence they’ll have no nuclear deterrent or army, so the English could invade straight away, whilst the Scots vainly hurl scotch eggs and cans of Irn-Bru at them. Or perhaps an Independent Scotland could charge an entrance fee from England like the Welsh do?

Funnily enough though at a conference last week I met a contingent of English people who would quite happily move to Scotland if they do vote for independence so they would never have to listen to David Cameron ever again!

But when I was in Edinburgh recently it really does feel that opinion was divided. Of course in my mind Edinburgh seems to be the most anglicised of all Scottish cities.

It also feels really posh, how can you tell if a Scottish man is posh, well instead of having a forename and a surname like normal people they just have two surnames e.g. Cameron McTavish, Campbell Burns, Keir Mccloud, whilst most Scottish people have ordinary dull names like Alex Salmond or Danny Alexander …

I do feel for the Scots, the better together campaign hasn’t really campaigned with joy or hope, it says how badly off the Scots will be if they leave the Union, which in case anyone hadn’t noticed is the same argument the European Union is saying about Britain if they leave the EU.

On the other hand the yes campaign seems to be relatively joyful and full of hope and promise. The question is, is it true?

Of course, having listened to all the arguments I’m still no wiser to whether Scotland is better in or out of the Union, and I would have no idea which box I would tick on that ballot paper.

However on the radio today someone did say if Scotland did leave, the resulting financial crisis would mean UK interest rate would remain low for about a decade, so that would be really good for my new mortgage.

But in a world where Ukrainians and Russian Ukrainian’s are openly killing each other and where Sunni and Shiite Muslims are at war in Iraq, it makes me very proud to live in the United Kingdom.

No matter what the outcome tomorrow I hope both sides of the campaign can shake hands and work out what’s best for everybody, you never know the oil may run out tomorrow…


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September 11, 2014

Marc Calling Orson

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

I’ve spent a few weeks thinking about the death of Robin Williams. I didn’t want to write something straight away, some knee-jerk reaction, or platitudes to a man I had never met.

I grew up watching Mork and Mindy in the 80s, in fact my Mum has a photo of me in the garden wearing a Mork and Mindy T-shirt, red shorts, long socks and a bowl haircut (the photo has been locked away in a vault and my mother is under strict instructions never ever to release it on Facebook). Even at the tender age of six I knew Robin Williams was cool.

The unfortunate cliché of the troubled comic genius is all far too common. Having met many comedians over the years, and spending the last six years on stage being ‘quite funny’, I know that many of us, (myself included) have used comedy as a way of working out the stuff in our heads, or sometimes as a way to hide away from the stuff in our heads…

It’s like some form of extreme group psychotherapy, but instead of the group nodding in support and patting you on the back they’re throwing half empty beer glasses at you.

By the way just to be clear I’ve never spoken at a corporate event where the audience has thrown half empty beer glasses at me. That would be a bad event, if you can’t keep the South East Auditors’ annual conference from tipping into violence, then perhaps it’s time to change jobs.

People assume, that because you’re a business speaker, you’ve got all your stuff together. They think that you have the answers to life the universe and why the printer always jams 5 minutes before an important presentation…

The thing is I worry all the time. I bring two shirts with me to every event, just in case someone spills tea, wine or blood on me. I obsess that my false front tooth implant is going to fall out mid-joke. Every lump is a tumour, every conversation is loaded with subtext and every time my dog runs off no matter how many miles I am away from a road, I fear I’m never going to see him again…

There are days in the office where there is zero productivity, I’ve reorganised files, done my VAT, recycled all my paper, hell I’ve even polished my computer screen (that’s not a euphemism by the way).

I can’t pretend to know what was going on in Robin Williams’ life or head when he decided to commit suicide, but I have experienced anxiety, feelings of failure and at times have thought in far too much depth about my own funeral…

I don’t think I’m alone, I’ve known a number of people (all men) who sadly have taken their lives in the last few years. I know lots of people who are on antidepressants and who are either wealthy enough, or lucky enough to be in therapy. There is nothing wrong with getting depressed, if you’re lucky it will be transient and a year later you’ll look back on it as a rough patch that you got through.

But if it’s more than that, if you have been feeling down for a while or anxious or afraid don’t hide it. Sometimes you need to trust the people you love and tell them how you feel. Seek help. There are more people out there then you know feeling the same way as you.

RIP Robin Williams July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014.


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July 1, 2014

Unilever feedback

Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Recent feedback from Unilever:

Marc, on behalf of the Unilever Category Management team I’d like to say a
massive thank you for the time you spent with us last week. Your session
was a hugely engaging and enjoyable way to start our team day.

You delivered some brilliant business truths in a manner that involved and
captivated the team in equal measure. The feedback from the team was
that they found your words gave them practical advice and inspiration to
try things outside their comfort zone. Thanks again for such a memorable and humorous session.”

Adrian Adams – Head of Category Management, Unilever UK & Ireland


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