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What can you learn about business from a stand-up comedian?

I say, I say, I say, did you hear about the exec who went on a stand-up course? What can an entrepreneur learn about running a business from a self-professed “gobshite clown”? Quite a lot, it turns out. Said clown, Paul White’s first comedy gig was in the mid-Nineties. He’d been blackmailed into it by a friend who said she would enter him into the BBC New Comedy Award or she’d publish compromising pictures of him. He entered with no previous experience and his fourth gig was the final, alongside Lee Mack and Julian Barratt. He was hooked. “It was new territory,” White says. “Imagine your first kiss. I’ve yet to find anything else that was as much fun.” Since that time White, performing as “Silky”, has become a circuit favourite, appearing on BBC’s The Stand Up Show and making successful appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and running a number of successful comedy clubs and events.   “It’s a measure of the addictive hit of stand-up that it’s been 24 years since I started, but still, last week I got up at 3am to endure five flights across 24 hours just to spend 30 minutes in a room full of strangers in Norway,” he says. Five years ago White started running comedy courses in his local city of Leeds, originally to make use of Mondays, a traditionally a quiet night on the circuit, and to create a source of income should his stand-up and promotional career show signs of flagging (it hasn’t, yet). White’s taught around 300 people in that time, though, he says, “I hope I was already a helpful resource before that.” silky_may_2017_shoot_full-res_046.jpg Image from Paul White His courses take three current forms, six weekly sessions, half-day workshops and one-on-one mentoring. The courses aim to make people happier before they came but “without over-confidence” and all culminate in a five-minute routine written and performed by the participant. Exercises cover things like finding your own voice, writing and refining material and confidence tips. People take the courses, White says, “to challenge themselves. To take a baseball bat to their ideas…

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