Founder of Comedy Store Players & Communications Speaker
Neil Mullarkey is the co-founder of the world famous improvisation group The Comedy Store Players and is an engaging speaker on improving communication and building high-performance teams.
Neil is a talented and skilled orator and improviser, whose TV credits include Have I Got News For You, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Austin Powers (International Man of Mystery and Goldmember), I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Lovejoy, Saturday Live, Carrott Confidential, Paul Merton The Series, Spiceworld The Movie and QI.
Using his ability to improvise, he has grown a reputation for using this unparalleled on-stage expertise to inspire people and businesses to embrace their creativity and enhance their communication skills. He has helped a string of prestigious corporate clients in developing innovation and agility in the workplace, including Barclays Capital, Google, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, Vodafone, the NHS, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Deloitte.
Neil also has an alter ego – L Vaughan Spencer a life coach, self-help guru, and Gangsta Motivator. His Edinburgh show “Don’t Be Needy Be Succeedy” won Fringe Report Award for Best Satire during a legendary run at the show.
L Vaughan has published the book “Don’t Be Needy Be Succeedy; the A to Zee of Motivality,” and has appeared in instructional videos for LearnDirect and has even featured in April Fool viral videos for The Economist in 2010 and Microsoft in 2011.
Neils’s most recent book Seven Steps to Improve your People Skills was published in 2018.
Neil Mullarkey is a leading speaker on creativity and communication skills and can also run workshops on improvising and improving communication.
His speaking topics include –
• Building High Performing Teams
• Innovation of Improvisation
• Engagement & Creativity
• Simplifying Problems
Neil has transferred his keynote speaking online and recently delivered a speech on Improv Skills in Virtual Times.
“The very important aspect of positive messaging is brought to life
with Neil. He makes the work fun and that relaxes people, drops their defences
and allows them to learn more quickly. He brought fun and humour and energy.
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.”
“Neil has led many workshops on communication what is now hundreds of
Directors of Professional Services Firms like KPMG & Barclays Capital for
me. He has always done his homework and, coupled with his skills and knowledge, is able to engage, enthral, delight and teach what can be difficult audiences.
He is also a delight to work alongside”
— Managing Director, Human Systems Ltd
“I have had the pleasure of working with Neil on a range of events both
large and small. He is exceptionally engaging and effective with both groups.
One event held in a large venue in Westminster attracted over 500 participants
and from the moment Neil walked onto the stage they were completely engaged. He
has an uncanny knack of identifying major issues and challenges. Through
engagement with that audience he demonstrates how they can think differently
particularly about the way they could communicate better and think more
creatively and collaboratively. There is a perfect balance of laughter and
learning, and at the end of the session lots of people stayed in their seats
talking with their neighbours or just reflecting on ‘what just happened.’
— Director for Innovation and Design, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement