Our team at Brainbox often needs to present complicated information clients in ways that are interesting and easy to understand. I saw Ashley speak at a business event in Leeds and it struck me that his approach was a good match for our team and our business brand.
I asked Ashley to help us improve how we present. As we are a small team, we also decided to open up the one-day event to some of our clients. Ashley gave a relaxed and informative day's training which gave us plenty to think about and work on. Each Brainbox team member has used some aspect of it since the event and the feedback from our clients was overwhelmingly positive.
Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
Director, Brainbox Research
I and my co-director, Nick Lloyd, attended a training day with Ashley on 9th August, which we were told was all about ‘introducing humour into presentations’. As a new business start-up and having to deliver presentations to Local Authority Commissioners, we thought this would be a worthwhile day away from the office even with the trek up to Bradford.
Well, we were certainly not disappointed and probably had the best day ever out of the office, coming back with a bucket full of ideas, which actually completely turned our current thinking and approach on its head. Ashley is an amazing guy, clearly a professional in his field of effective and engaging communication. As well as being given some golden nuggets about how to engage with people through dialogue and when and how to inject the right amount of humour, we learned what constituted a good presentation and how to avoid falling into the trap of ‘death by PowerPoint’.
If you have a need to communicate with people, either one to one, with small or large groups or need some valuable hints on how to engage effectively with any audience, Ashley is your man.
Thank you Ashley for a fun, inspiring and very worthwhile day, your training will serve us well and has already made a difference on how we go about our business.
Managed Road Safety Solutions Ltd
I want to say a big THANK YOU for yesterday’s training event. I can’t ever recall having so much fun while learning. It really was a hugely enjoyable and informative day, from which Andy and I took a great deal.
If only all work-focused training was as enjoyable :o) I just wish that more training could be in yesterday’s format, as opposed to e-learning (ugh!)
Research Project Manager, Driving Standards Agency
Ashley presented a session at our AGM called “Standing out from the Crowd”. It went down a treat and everyone was fully engaged and learnt many tips and techniques to improve the way they come across to others in the context of developing business relationships. Ashley is refreshingly different in style and because he involves the audience it is both worthwhile and memorable.
Chief Operating Officer, for and on behalf of SAS Daniels LLP. Hired Ashley as a Legal services in 2012
Ashley recently performed at one our legendary Cosatto company bashes and was superb. His relaxed and humorous style had everyone at ease very quickly. His message was very good; our staff responded well and gave great feedback after the event. I would certainly recommend him for a punchy, relaxed and funny session but with a serious and useful message.
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert
I asked Ashley to join our quarterly divisional meeting at our Chester campus, following a recommendation from the charity we support as a division.
Ashley brought the meeting to life and was completely engaging with associates from different work environments. The feedback received has been that his talk was light hearted but useful, with many people taking away positive thoughts and ideas for self improvement.
Vice President, Bank of America
Ashley spent a day with us honing our presentation skills. A day worth spending and I think it helped us as a team, not just with our presentation training.
I was sceptical about using a comedian for this but I would recommend him and will be using him again for some other staff.
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value
Managing Director, Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams. Architects
Ashley delivered a fun and energising session whilst effectively getting his message across. Unanimous positive feedback received following the event reflected its resounding success.
Vice President, Pershing
From the moment we were in touch with Ashley Boroda regarding him running our Comedy Course as a fundraiser, he put us at ease by his professionalism and also his caring manner. Ashley understood our concerns and our needs for the charity.
From the moment we started the training Ashley also understood that many people were very nervous and he made us feel very comfortable, his attention to detail was fantastic, which showed on the night of the end of course gala show – his choice of compare made the night very professional and people are still commenting about the night having not expected such a professional event.
I took part myself and he knew how nervous I was through it all. Ashley made me believe in myself, that I could do this and he was right – I did it!
We will definitely be using Ashley again to run another Charity Comedy Course and Gala Night; people are already interested in the next comedy course which will begin in January 2013.
Area Fund Raising Manager, Claire House Children’s Hospice
Meridian Business Support got over 200 members of staff together in Stratford upon Avon on a Saturday afternoon. As a precursor to a glittering awards event in the evening the afternoon session, informing staff of past year results and future strategy has often been difficult to pitch at the right level. With a variety of job functions and experience levels the audience has often had to endure an afternoon of graphs, bullet points and PowerPoint. This year, to get some important company messages across and to engage and develop staff skills we tried something different; no projector, no PowerPoint and no microphone.
We enjoyed a developmental session delivered by Ashley Boroda who helped us to identify our stand-out and stand-up skills. Ashley’s unique style and competent, engaging delivery had the audience of 200 discovering new skills and techniques. The session absolutely flew by with many people feeling sorry that the session had to end as more and more wanted to leap up in front of the daunting audience and pitch their piece. A number of our staff found their voice and could grace any comedy club stage (another couple could appear but it would have to be well after the watershed!)
I thoroughly recommend Ashley to help get complex messages over to a broad audience.
Chief Executive, Meridian Business Support – The Recruitment Specialist
Ashley ran a 2 hour session on public speaking for me as part of a series of technical conferences in 2011. What started as a light-hearted session grew by word of mouth to being one of the most engaging and interesting session throughout the two days. Ashley’s session was motivational, interesting and topical and certainly got delegates talking long into the night about the topics that they had chosen. His energy and enthusiasm made for an engaging and enjoyable session so much so that we invited him back to run more sessions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ashley. He is fun to work with and he keeps everything clear, simple and entertaining.
Manager, Learning & Development, PKF (UK) LLP, Accountants & Business Advisers
We asked Ashley to deliver his 'Humour Secret weapon of Business' session to the senior executive team in Manchester. Coming in after a long day of strategy formulation his audience was tired, but within minutes of him starting the energy and enthusiasm levels in the room rocketed. His delivery style is fluent and engaging and the simple truth is that learning takes place without effort, whilst having a huge amount of fun. Team bonding, personal interaction and confidence are all built quickly and effortlessly - the sober, important truths are still delivered, but are delivered so they are understood, remembered and used. Very worthwhile.
CAO Manchester Bank of New York Mellon
We have been working with Ashley on both impactful presentations to a large number of people and also on how to present our products to one or two people at a time. His knowledge and insight, along with his unusual approach of using humour, have helped focus and simplify our approach to both meetings and presentations, the results of which are bearing fruit. We couldn’t recommend Ashley highly enough and look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.
Alex Samuels Dip PFS,
Adviser, Samuels Financial
We had great fun at a recent firm wide training day when we asked Ashley to come along and help us. He brought alive what would otherwise have been a dull start to the first day and gave us all something very different to think about. We are now looking at working with Ashley again. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
Ralli Solicitors, January 2012
Ashley gave a very entertaining and motivational talk at Stockport Breakfast Club showing us how he uses comedy in order to help business people to become more distinctive and memorable in their presentation of themselves. We all had great fun and he brought the room to life by getting everyone in the room involved (which isn't always easy so early on a cold and dark winter morning!) I hope to work with Ashley again soon and would definitely recommend him.
Joint Chair Stockport Business Club (Chamber of Commerce),. Gorvins Solictors
Ashley delivered a fantastic, inspirational session on Presentation Skills to our students to help prepare them for pitching and presenting their businesses at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy in Manchester. The session was full of great tips, increased students confidence and most of all made us laugh very much! I would highly recommend Ashley for his distinctive way of delivery through using humour as a tool as his workshop gives skills which are useful in business and throughout life. Thanks Ashley!
Business Enterprise Manager,
Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Manchester
Ashley has a deceptively relaxed style which puts everyone at ease and draws them into his presentations. He ably demonstrates that humour can and should be integrated into management performance and presentations to make them memorable for the right reasons!
He did an excellent job of presenting this message to a group of MBA graduates and had everyone participating, being funny and becoming visibly more confident. The feedback was universally positive. I’d have no hesitation in recommending him a keynote speaker, MC or event host.
Ashley has an entertaining and light-hearted style that delivers a strong business message. Within a short session he works on developing confidence through comedy, supporting his audience in discovering skills that they may not have realised they possessed before the start of his presentation. As a trainer myself, this was joy to watch and invigorating to participate in.
Partner, Murray-Eisenberg, Personal and Organisational Development Consultancy
Ashley brings a different dimension to the art of presentation. As a law firm we rely heavily on our people to provide informative and interesting seminars and workshops to other organisations. We brought in Ashley to train our staff and partners in how to deliver successful presentations. His unique and humorous training methods have transformed the way we present to others. This in turn has had a really beneficial effect on our business and has set us apart from our competitors. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ashley. He is fun to work with and he keeps everything so simple. July 24, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value
Managing Partner JMW Solicitors, hired Ashley as a Presentation Skills trainer in 2010 and 2011
Ashley delivered a seminar 'A Funny Way to be Serious' aimed at enhancing presentation skills through the medium of stand-up comedy. He certainly did that! All the delegates had a great time with Ashley judging the audience and hitting the right spot, delivering the seminar brilliantly. I have no hesitation in recommending Ashley - go on, try something refreshingly different!' May 27, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
Institute of Chartered Accounts England and Wales. hired Ashley as a guest speaker / trainer 2011
Ashley 'kindly' told me I was rubbish in front of the camera. I agreed and asked him to make me better. He did and I am delighted to share this with his network April 5, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Hired Ashley as a Media Trainer in 2010
"Ashley came and gave us a course on presentation skills prior to a major client seminar which the firm was hosting. This was without doubt one of the most refreshing and effective "soft skills" courses I have ever attended. Unlike other "bog-standard" course providers, Ashley utilises the skills and techniques he has picked up on the comedy circuit to get his message across in a unique and effective way. His energy, experience and enthusiasm make for an extremely enjoyable and worthwhile course."October 13, 2010
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
Partner Head of Corporate JMW Solicitors LLP
"The workshops that Ashley runs are a great way to develop public speaking skills. The idea of using comedy routine techniques to help deliver better professional presentations on legal issues is, at first glance, a concept that you would not realise could work but it has been very effective at improving my public speaking. A really interesting learning experience." October 6, 2010
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
Partner Head of Corporate Litigation JMW Solicitors LLP
When I was looking to study stand-up I was unanimously and enthusiastically pointed in the direction of Ashley Boroda, I was not disappointed, his knowledge of comedy in all it’s forms is something remarkable and not only that but studying with him was some of the best fun I have ever had. In the world of comedy he has worn more hats than Tommy Cooper; Performer, writer, funny- bone philosopher, teacher, agent but to me he is quite simply the supreme guru of giggle and guffaw.
Jim Cartwright’s plays are consistently performed around the world and have been translated into over thirty languages. They have won numerous awards, including the Oliver and Evening Standard awards. He has written successfully for film, television and radio and his stage work has been performed at The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, and The West End of London and on Broadway amongst others. His plays for the theatre include; Road, Bed, Two, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Eight Miles High, I licked a Slag’s Deodorant, Prize Night, Hard Fruit. Television and film work includes; Road, Vroom, Wedded, June, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise, Strumpet, Johnny Shakespeare. His first novel Supermarket Supermodel was published in 2008.
I highly recommend Ashley Boroda's comedy workshop. In our profession we are expected to present complex information to large groups of potential clients and other lawyers. To present in a way that is clear, confident and entertaining is an invaluable business and life skill. From those of us who dread the thought of presenting to the more confident amongst us who have the weight of heavy expectation on their shoulders, it is a daunting task. Ashley's workshops are a new way of dealing with both preparation and practice of presenting. His anecdotes are both entertaining and useful - his tips and practical exercises simply work. The sessions are enjoyable and challenging. Ashley's method of disguised learning is that the participants prepare to do a 10 minute stand up comedy routine. If you can do that, 40 minutes on Boundary Disputes will be simple. I wish that I had known Ashley's methods years ago. I can't recommend it highly enough. This is totally different from the marketing workshops of yesteryear. This is bang on what you need to make a better impression as individuals and as a firm.
Partner For and on behalf of JMW Solicitors LLP
"Ashley delivers an excellent programme of comedy workshops. His sessions are supportive and fun and bring out the very best in those attending. I would have no problem recommending his company. His 12-week Comedy Course and showcase finale was one of the best projects we commissioned last year - participants are still writing in to the local press about how good it was 6 months down the line".
Cultural Regeneration Officer Wythenshawe Regeneration Team
Manchester City Council
From the start Ashley was a real pleasure to work with. He was extremely professional, yet approachable and was really passionate about developing comedy projects which benefited local communities. The comedy course was a key element in the success of the East Manchester Arts and Culture Regeneration Programme and played a pivotal role in not only providing a course which enhanced the lives of participants by developing their self confidence and self esteem but it also helped to raise the profile of the arts and cultural work taking place in East Manchester with features in the Guardian, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio 4 and the Manchester Evening News.
Whenever I bump into people who took part on one of the courses, which ran over three years, I am never ceased to be amazed at how much their confidence has grown and how the course has given them the confidence to try new things. for many the course has helped them to take those tentative steps to become a professional comedian whilst for others it has given them the push to go for that job which has been out of reach for so long.
Cultural Regeneration Officer
New Deal for Communities
About twelve months ago, I agreed to be a guest speaker to the Manchester Aviation Society, not realising what it entailed. I can honestly say that if I had not attended the course, there is no way I could have stood in front of seventy five “Plane Spotters” and delivered more than thirty minutes of speech. When the event came, I basically ended up doing two, forty five minute stand up routines based on my aviation career and some of our celebrity customers. If ever I need advice or want to run an idea past someone, Ashley is always available and always honest in what advice he gives.
Station Manager Ocean Sky Jet Centre Ltd
I have a good career in TV, presented the Big breakfast, Richard and Judy appeared on Shameless, The Office Xmas Special to name a few. That said nothing compares to the fun I had on the stand up comedy course run by Ashley Boroda. I use to do stand up comedy magic years and years ago so I decided to put my self on the course, for a couple of reasons my confidence had gone and comedy had changed over the years and I wanted to get back into stand up.
I had attended a course in London earlier on in the year and never bothered completing it as I thought the teacher was more concerned about him self being funny than helping the rest of the class.
However with Ashley you have someone who wants nothing more than seeing you up on stage and making people laugh, in fact Ashley is probably one of the best audiences you could ever wish for.
Thanks to Ashley I have got my confidence back and every thing I learned was put into good use.
I needed to get some of our senior lawyers trained on presentation skills and wanted them to get away from the normal approach of typical legal presentations. Without question I knew Ashley Boroda would fit our requirements.
Ashley Boroda’s relaxed approach and true comedy talent enabled our lawyers to loosen up their inhibitions on presenting to audiences and came away with great tips and fundamentals that simply hasn’t been achieved by any other source in the past. This session was so successful, the lawyers came away wanting to know more and we are all looking forward to our advanced session next month!
If you ever want to learn presentation skills with a difference, Ashley Boroda is definitely the one you want!
Staff Training Manager
For and on behalf of JMW Solicitors LLP
If ever there was a way to help individuals increase their confidence and develop their public speaking skills, then “Public Speaking through Comedy” is the way to go!!
Enrolling on the course was one of the best decisions I have ever made as I am now a much more confident individual and am now more prepared to leave the safety of my comfort zone. I would strongly recommend this course to any aspiring future business and community leaders who wish to confront their fear of public speaking in a safe and supportive environment, whilst having a few laughs along the way!
Regional Group Chairman, JCI North West
I’m a full time speaker and trainer. I decided to sign up for Ashley’s course as part of my own personal development and I was very pleased with the results – The course was great fun and has proved very useful to me in my professional capacity. In addition it provided some fascinating insights to world of Comedy and how comedians go about preparing their acts. I highly recommend it!!
Redrock Leadership Training
“I approached Ashley for a fresh pair of eyes on an important presentation I had to give and was so glad I did. He helped sharpen and shorten, focus and finesse and deepen the delivery so I totally aced it on the day. The rehearsal gave me confidence and his feedback was invaluable.” October 28, 2010
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative
Jennifer Holloway, hired Ashley as a Business Consultant
I took the course mainly to gain confidence and had very little thought of performing stand up, the course was wonderful showing us how to project our voice, breathing techniques and how to present ourselves. As I manage a busy Resource Centre for Manchester Social Services I needed to be able to do presentations and training packages to my team, This course has helped me present training in a fun way which has helped engage my team more and training now is fun and more interactive, Presentations are more interesting and I can hold the interest of all I n a large room The course has given me an interest in comedy and I have performed my stand up at the Town Hall a few times, I run a Giggle Group at the Centre, launched our own Radio Station at the Centre (Smile Time Radio) been on TV, Radio Manchester and all of this because of this wonderful course. Ashley Boroda made all of this happen for me and my team, the course is so much more than comedy it is about confidence, belief, trust, making things happen looking at things in a positive way and yes embracing fun as delivering things with smile is so much more interesting. Would I do it again yes in a flash but I think this course should be shared by as many as possible as it is so much better than any prescription I have heard of. When I finished the course I thanked Ashley for his wisdom but I know every time I present training, presentations and stand up it is because he gave me the confidence to, so in many ways the course is almost organic and grows daily within in us giving confidence and motivation to get things done.
Centre Manager Openshaw CRC
“Ashley has been a guest facilitator at several Speakeasy sessions and I must say he's been a pleasure to work with. His insights, drawn from the world of performing arts/comedy, have added real value to the meetings, helping business people to connect with their audience on a more engaging and emotional level. Recently he has been taking some of the concepts of professional comedy and helping business professionals with everything from personal impact to persuasive presentation skills. Ashley has a motivational effect on people, unleashing their potential by enhancing their communication skills and all-round confidence. I would strongly recommend you speak to him if you're looking for better results from yourself and/or your workforce.” July 19, 2010
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
Andrew Thorp, Founder of Speakeasy Groups.
Hired Ashley as a Trainer in 2010, and hired Ashley more than once
Ashley’s course finally gave me the confidence to eventually have a go at stand-up, something I had been thinking about for a few years.
I learnt how to construct a set, turn my ideas into usable material, get gigs and got a great insight into how the comedy industry works.
I now perform regularly and get paid work. I have also branched out in my writing and now write sketches, short film scripts and short stories all of which I hope to eventually try and do professionally.
I found the course invaluable in helping me identify my strength in writing comedy and it really gave me the enthusiasm and confidence I needed to try it out and continue performing.
Stand up Comedian.