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Speaking Business podcast

Each week Maria Franzoni, Speaker Bureau Director, invites one of her speakers to talk about their life, work, passions and leisure so that you can get to know the person who is the speaker behind the mic.

May 31, 2018

This week Maria’s guest on the show is Neil Mullarkey.  Neil studied economics, social and political science at Cambridge University, where he was also president of the famous dramatic club, The Footlights. In 1985, he co-founded the London Comedy Store Players with Canadian-American comedian Mike Myers.

Neil's credits include "Whose Line Is It Anyway", "I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue", "Have I Got News for You", "QI", and two Austin Powers movies. Since 1999 he has been bringing theatre skills, in particular, improvisation, into the world of business. His work has taken him to 24 countries. Neil is currently a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, City University. Neil's book, "Seven Steps to Improve Your People Skills," was published in October 2017.

Recorded on: 15th March 2018

Show Notes:

In this week’s show, Neil Mullarkey tells us why after studying economics he went into comedy where he met Mike Myres who introduced him to improvisation. Neil talks about the lessons that a business can take from the world of improv.

Significant quotes:

“Improv says we are all different, and that is creative. That diversity is powerful, not destructive.”


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Next Week:

Join us next week when Maria’s guest will be comedy writer of the BAFTA Award-winning Car Share and innovation expert, Tim Reid