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Persuade from the stage - how to connect with your audience

Andrew Thorp

Friday, 8 February 2019 from 13:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

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This is one of a series of facilitated discussions for local business owners, based around the theme of verbal communication. Somewhere between a workshop and a networking event, these sessions are designed to help business people promote themselves in a more confident and effective way, and develop skills which can be used in all walks of life.  

Supported by the Bollington Business Forum, these events are hosted by Andrew Thorp, a professional speaker, brand storytelling consultant and Bollington resident. 

There is no entrance fee as such for these events; instead attendees are asked to make a donation to the Bollington Festival fundraising campaign (a minimum £10 contribution is recommended). Click here for link to donations page. 

After a successful opening session in November 2018 about Verbal PR/storytelling we will cover the following themes in 2019: 

  • SEE BELOW for Feb event
  • Does humour have a place in business?
  • Are we losing the art of conversation in the digital age? 


Session #2 - Persuade from the Stage (how to connect with your audience)

This is a re-creation of a theme Andrew first launched about a decade ago - Speakeasy. No, not an elicit drinking den in Prohibition America (one meaning), but a way of helping people with something to say to communicate with more confidence from the stage. It's a rare opportunity for 3-4 people to test-drive a message in front of an audience. You create a safe environment, give each presenter 5 minutes or so to deliver their talk to a group and invite that group to give feedback. Don't worry - we only ask pre-arranged volunteers to do this! But it's a rare and extremely valuable opportunity to improve a pitch you might have to give - about your business, your charity, your idea, anything where it matters how persuasive you are.


Format (event lasts approximately 2 hours) 

  • Open networking with light refreshments served
  • Welcome from the facilitator – introductions
  • Presentations and feedback
  • Summary and close


About the venue

Bollington Arts Centre have kindly agreed to host the event.

About the Bollington Business Forum 

 The 2 main purposes of the Forum are:

1) to bring people with business interests in Bollington, Cheshire together; and

2) to support business growth and employment opportunities in Bollington and the surrounding area. The group is part of a range of business support activities co-led by its members and supported by Bollington Town Council.




Do you have questions about Persuade from the stage - how to connect with your audience? Contact Andrew Thorp

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Bollington Arts Centre
Wellington Road
SK10 5JR Bollington
United Kingdom

Friday, 8 February 2019 from 13:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

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Andrew Thorp

Andrew Thorp is a professional speaker, writer, consultant and coach who helps people to sell themselves and their ideas. He is based in Bollington, but works domestically and internationally with corporations like PwC, Swiss Re and a host of smaller SME's and business owners. Andrew encourages individuals and companies to adopt a storytelling approach to connect with their audience. In its simplest sense, this means delivering a more compelling, memorable and relevant message.

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