Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyd's of London
Allen & Overy
Anthony Gold Solicitors
King & Wood Mallesons
Achieving for Children
Letchworth Garden City
The Staff College
Transport for London
University of Birmingham, Health Services Management Centre
University of Loughborough
UCB Pharma Fashion
Telecom, Tech, Media, Publishing
Global Team Blue
McLaren Applied Technologies
Telegraph Media Group
The Bike Project
The Comedy School
Institute of Customer Service
Cass Business School, City Uni
Westminster Marketing. Advertising, PR
M & C Saatchi
Saatchi & Saatchi
WPP Construction, Utilities, Engineering, Energy
Emirates Air Line
TfL Education and Training Firms
Creamer & Sundt
London School of Economics
The Writer Sport
"I expected it to be entertaining and funny, which of course it was, but I was particularly impressed by your skill in responding to each participant
so expertly in order to help them develop themselves. Watching you get the measure of each of them and what they needed so quickly,
and expertly getting the balance between challenge and support just right was a privilege to
They delivered a professional, and authentic presentation to a large audience back at our head office on Wednesday, which moved a number of the audience to tears
(for the right reasons!). That would never have been possible without the lessons they learnt with you on the Monday,
and I'm sure their day with you will have a lasting impact on them.
We are very grateful that you chose to share your wisdom and experience with us and the group, and thank you for the laughs! Sam, Sharon and I plan to return to watch you in action soon.
With very best wishes. Lucy Attwood
Head of HR
Network Housing Group
"The session was engaging and relevant. Neil actually made us talk to each other (and listen). His lesson on listening was very subtle and memorable. He hit the right note - some 'motivational' speakers can be a bit naff, but he was strong - educative and well informed."
ABN AMRO Commercial Finance PLC
"Many thanks for your time . A most enjoyable day with a real difference! Thank you for an excellent session. We were really pleased with how you weaved all of thesalient points into the afternoon session and how engaged the team were. It was an amazing session. A profoundly thought-provoking afternoon that was loads of fun."
The Beyond Partnership
What you did was stunning - wonderfully conversationally provocative.
Paul King, Managing Director
(after the one day public masterclass for leaders, consultants and coaches).
HSBC Bank plc UK
We were delighted to have Neil share a session at our off-site. His
session helped us to examine the way we interact with others in a positive
and entertaining way.
He highlighted the power of stories and how to build
on the outputs of others. The end result was a challenging, thought
provoking and highly entertaining session. Neil is truly a Master in his
trade and we look forward to him joining us again in the future. Lynn S O'Connor,
Organisational Development Manager
The delegates have learnt a lot from you and I thank you for the positive influence you have had over circa 250 planners in the past 4 years. Not to mention the good laughs at the Comedy Store, of course. Sandra Kinmont.
Global S&OP Capability Director
Customer Service Excellence
I just wanted to write and thank you for running the course for me the other day. It never ceases to amaze me the impact that it has on people.
It is such a genuine course backed up by years of experience in understanding people, emotions and body language. As I said to you prior to the session it was a key part of a plan to develop the team I am working with. They interface across the whole business and heavily in to the external world and the day has allowed them to develop better understandings of how to sell, negotiate etc....in fact I found myself being 'Mullarkeyed' the other day by one of them such is the impact.
Thanks again and we will be looking to have you back again in the early New Year to follow up. Marc Lawn.
Interim Director of Marketing Services - Europe and Africa
Thank you for your lively and engaging sessions. The participants were spellbound and the feedback has been really positive. I have personally seen many examples of real active listening, with people picking up the cues of others so obviously the learning has landed. Garcia Williamson, UK Head of Talent, KPMG
Neil's session added a completely different dimension to our senior grade workshop. Getting our people up their feet and trying out personal effectiveness techniques they wouldn't previously have known about, amidst our other sessions on business plans and the economic outlook, ensured we delivered a much more textured and rounded learning experience. Learning & Development Manager, KPMG.
A fun approach to a serious subject that engaged me with everyone & developed new skills at the same time.
"The evening with Neil Mullarkey was fantastic! It's always fun to do something different and this event certainly offered you that! The session was informal and most importantly on your doorstep!"
"It's a fantastic opportunity to learn improvisation from the master! It was a really fun session, bringing to life the ever important skill of thinking on your feet in a way you couldn't imagine."
"I found the evening to be interesting and an entertaining way to work on our improvisation skills, which in turn could then be put to good use in our day to day working lives."
"Neil Mullarkey's improvisation was a fun, inspiring and energetic approach to clearing the cobwebs and thinking out of the box."
A very inspirational and thought provoking course - thanks.
"Thanks very much for the day. It was very enjoyable, and eye opening. At the start I said that I wanted to have the confidence to state my opinion, but I also wanted to do it in a calm, collected and knowledgable manner, rather than sounding flippant. The exercises, especially the grounding, really helped me. And I've already managed to be more assertive in meetings, so some part of Jeremy Clarkson must be rubbing off. Again, thanks very much for an incredibly useful day."
"Thanks Neil, I really enjoyed the day and I know everyone else did too. Even *****. You did such a good job with him he was better than me by the end of the day. And I think ***** took a lot from it too in terms of my objective for him to have more in his armoury."
"I really enjoyed the day and have come away with new skills which I'll use when presenting. I hope we use your services again."
"We've been talking about it on the train and everyone agreed what a great day it was. Everyone has taken something away from it and was excellent to see the crew's confidence grow from the morning to the afternoon session under your guidance. Thanks once again."
Comic Relief Grants Team - Summer 2010 • Neil was great and a change from the norm... we need more sessions like Having Better Conversations
• Having Better Conversations was fun and reminded me of things I know I should know but sometimes forget
• Neil's session was hugely enjoyable and yes – I'm trying out some of the techniques already
Deutsche Bank/London Business School The participants loved the session. It was something different and fresh. Thanks again. You were great.
Thank you so much for such a fantastic session at our recent sales
Our plan was that people left the conference after two days on a
real high and they did just that! I have has several emails since from
delegates with really positive comments about what they took away from your
session. Hope to see you again next year. Jo Revitt - www.archant.co.uk
A huge thanks to you for a fantastic afternoon. Everyone had a great time.
"I would like to say how good the event was. The venue was
fantastic but the speaker was absolutely brilliant. By far the best
Deloitte event I have been to."
"Everyone felt great about the event on Friday, so thanks very much for your part in that."
Umbro Delighted as ever to work with you and watch an artisan at work.
They had great sessions the next day where they could really see offers and blocking at work. I think they were quite surprised at their everyday occurrence... thank you for your consistency, generosity and professionalism.
Look forward to the next time.
BBC Worldwide The level of pitches was actually terrific and I put that down at least in
part to you inspiring people and getting them limbered up earlier.
actually a very good day and we have had only positive response which is
great...so thanks as ever! Wayne Garvie,
Director of Content & Production.
Boots Healthcare International
Thank you so much for running such a fantastic session yesterday.
I have received several e-mails today which sing your praises...
"Thanks again for a truly fab event...people seem to have been very positively surprised by the whole thing - its content, tone and attention to detail"
"just been for a coffee and was stopped by 7 different people wanting to say how good Neil's session was"
"Neil's workshop was great, I just didn't want it to end!"
Your session worked really well and set just the participative, innovative, risk-taking tone and theme of conversation that we wanted.
It was a really high energy way for people to recognise the connections they had made. I finished off the event with a short session building on your great start.
The workshops were approached with scepticism but leaders found it fun and engaging. Most importantly the impact is that we have more 'Yes, And' conversations and are getting better at listening and building on others' ideas.
It was a great experience in learning to shake off habits, pre-conceptions and my own single-mindedness to help enable better participation and interaction with other people.
Having given the very rare presentation in the last eight years, I never really thought about getting up in front of a room of people and trying to hold their attention, whilst actually enjoying the experience. Usually it is something I would like to have over and done with and forgotten as quickly as possible.
Ever since attending Neil's seminar, I've been reciting some of the lessons that I learned: Lessons that would apply in ANY public facing session. It doesn't necessarily need to be a room full of people.
Mostly I took away the need to listen and have an open mind. Otherwise one could miss all the inputs that your audience is giving you consciously or unconsciously).
I appreciated the approach that Neil took in conducting exercises utilising games that enable us to see how our own perspective closes our mind to all other possibilities that there may be right in front of us. I think if I could have spent any more time with Neil, I would get that much closer to being able to confidently speak/lead/present almost anywhere, anytime and with potentially any audience.
The day we spent was about learning then utilising the tools and exercises we were taught to achieve our goal. Being shy or self-conscious never came into it. Don't just recite a message, deliver it.
I hear people saying they have 'done a Neil Mullarkey' meaning that they've taken a different approach to a presentation - less formality and more passion and connection with their audience.
Our leadership team meetings have more energy and imagination, as though Neil has given people permission to think and act differently. We have been trying to get people to think this way for a while, but somehow Neil persuaded them!
We often use the 'Yes, And' technique. Even when we don't do it overtly, we often hear people stop themselves and change tack, saying, "I mean 'Yes, And' ..." It has made people think about the positive aspects of a situation.
This is really important to the work we are doing on culture change. Even our 'Word-At-A-Time Story' has left its mark.
All those involved know what we mean if we mention 'Neil's Story'
Claire Clancy, Chief Executive
Working with Neil's unique talents and techniques has many benefits above and beyond straight-out skill development.
The added value aspects include a real drive to understand what objectives lie at the heart of the training and, as a result, tailoring engaging methods to maximise audience engagement, team dynamics, participation and enjoyment.
Neil's approach is high energy and is as relevant to those who need training as to those who may need reminding of skills and techniques that may have slipped in the hurly burly of just doing the job.
I have had so much positive feedback about the session but particularly about how right Neil was for us and that it was exactly what the studio needed - focus on them, working together, thinking about the brand.
(Heads, Teachers, Industry)
Neil's training leaves a long lasting legacy.
Two things strike me, several months on.
The first was how well Neil understood our organisation, our people and our challenges. So even the most reticent staff responded positively and felt he was their friend.
Secondly, the impact of 'Yes, And' lives on. Even last week, one of our team remarked that 'we look for solutions, not problems'. She referred to the exercise led by Neil where we were not allowed to say 'yes ... but', only 'yes ... and'.
Anne Evans, Chief Executive.
London Business School
Neil takes executives to a space that is fun, challenging and for them completely new.
The most powerful insights come from participating rather than observing, and the improvisational method and the techniques embedded in it have universal application, if people's minds are open to the stretch.
Neil's personality and gifts make that transition one which executives are willing and motivated to make.
Professor of Organisational Behaviour
I thought it was pretty much perfect, and that you made us feel welcome, relaxed but challenged.
Thank you very much for everything on Friday. Your effort throughout the day made it a great experience - both fun and very instructive for all of us.The positive feedback has continued this morning.
Thank you also for the way in which you seemed able to identify the key challenges for us so well. One of the most pleasing things for me was that my colleague, who has to watch 6 or so of these presentations a day, and cops the feedback from the audience, spent so much of the day nodding at what you were saying and doing.
What you say about presentations is spot on - and there are certainly some more confident individuals around here this morning. Thanks again.
NHS Confederation Conference
Your contribution was brilliant and the feedback from delegates I spoke to said that it had really struck a chord with them. Thanks again for making the sessions both thought-provoking and fun.
"It was lovely meeting you Neil and the delegates thoroughly enjoyed your performance – I don't think I have ever heard them laugh so much at one of these events – it was a refreshing change!"
"Feedback from the Conference has been superb for your afternoon improvisation session. There have been lots of calls for more interactive and innovative strands next year so you've clearly made an impression on them."
Senior Leader, UK National Health Service
"Neil's session on communication really demonstrated how little we focus on this important area and what some of the consequences could be when we fail to communicate well. Participants left the session smiling, desperate to try out their new skills and with an entirely positive attitude to communication that still prevails over a year later".
Head of Innovation Practice Institute for Innovation & Improvement, UK National Health Service
"Through an exciting session of fun tasks Neil skilfully enabled teams to think differently or 'outside the box'. This has resulted in a number of great new ideas about some of the health challenges we are currently facing."
UK Atomic Energy Authority
Neil's disarmingly charming approach masks a razor sharp wit and intellect - of course, the very essence of the Improv professional – as he leads, teases, coaches and cajoles his teams through the real life learnings that are oh-so cleverly disguised as theatre.
The spark of originality is all that separates the individual from the crowd.
And so begins the journey into the alternative corporate world of Neil Mullarkey.
It is a place both challenging, in the way in which company 'machines' are stretched beyond their natural comfort zones, yet also strangely re-assuring in that, inevitably, we cope with and really enjoy the experience.
Yes and, at last on a 'training course', there is no Death by PowerPoint! You will not be disappointed - enjoy!
Sales & Marketing Director.
Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide
Neil's use of improvisation (both theory and practice) made for one of the most inspiring and provocative sessions on creativity that I have ever experienced.
He took a class of 108 Cambridge MBA's - hard-nosed, rational and highly sceptical about their individual ability to create - and transformed them. Richard Hytner,
I wanted to send my thanks for a truly great session... the feedback from the field force has been exceptional and they can be a tough audience to please! Brand Manager, Astra Zeneca.
Sales Workshop Participants' Feedback
"I will never sell the same way to a customer again!"
"The course releases inhibitions, gives a greater understanding of what you do and how to change."
"The exercises bring you out of your comfort zone and make you willing to try new ideas and approaches."
"A brilliant course- very stimulating!"
"I just wanted to thank you for providing such a good training course. It is so good to have a different perspective and an unusual delivery on the training we receive. I took a great deal away from the course and am looking forward to making some personal changes. Thanks again!"
"I have already started to put some of the principles into practice. I have had a few slightly uncomfortable calls where I have broken the old habits but have also made significant progress with some key customers."
Great session, thank you. It really did achieve exactly what we wanted - broke down barriers, helped bring everyone together for the rest of the away day and importantly people took something very positive out of the training which will really help us all. You were spot on.
"It makes you realise what you can do if you are prepared to let go and even break a few eggs."
"I thought your session was really good - surprising, fun and genuinely helpful!"
"You run a mean session! I think you did an important job in lifting the mood."
"I particularly enjoyed your session, which communicated very clearly, and was fun."
"Neil Mullarkey's improvisation was a fun, inspiring and energetic approach to clearing the cobwebs and thinking 'out of the box'." Weber Shandwick
"Neil takes executives to a space that is fun, challenging and for them completely new." London Business School
"I hear people saying they have 'done a Neil Mullarkey' meaning that they've taken a different approach to a presentation - less formality and more passion and connection with their audience." Companies House
"Delegates were particularly impressed by your thought-provoking sessions. It certainly encouraged people to think more about their behaviours and the effects on other people." Deloitte & Touche LLP
"A friend told me that a workshop he did with Neil Mullarkey some years ago was the best day's consultancy training he'd ever had. Having now taken part in one of Neil's workshops I'd completely agree!" Katie Dalton - KAE: Marketing Intelligence
"It really did achieve exactly what we
wanted - broke down barriers, helped bring everyone together and people took something very positive out of
the training which will really help us all. You were spot on." Ogilvy Advertising
"Everyone has taken something away from it and was excellent to see the crew's confidence grow from the morning to the afternoon session under your guidance." Virgin Money