Sam Carrington – Smirk Experience
Sam Carrington – Stand Up Comedian & Skills Trainer
Sam Carrington is a stand-up comedian and speaker who provides world skills training he has distilled from the realms of stand-up comedy and big brand media sales.
Sam Carrington spent 10 years at ITV, the last four of which he worked as one of the company’s youngest Sales Controllers, responsible for monetising ITV Breakfast’s digital offering.
In 2012 Sam tried stand-up comedy and loved it. In the proceeding five years, he’s played close to 1,000 gigs, including a dozen or so festivals around the country and three full runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Since then Sam has created the Smirk Experience for corporate events as well as participating in festivals and gigs as an independent comic.
While combining his role at ITV and learning the ropes of stand-up comedy, Sam began observing the links between the corporate world and live performance, identifying areas such as public speaking, personal branding, and creativity as possessing the most obvious crossover.
This was the genesis of a concept that has now been successfully employed by clients such as Google, Investec, companies within Lloyds of London, leading UK media firms and more.
By combining his extensive experience of corporate needs, Sam offers company based training sessions and keynote talks. The sessions us comedy techniques to enhance clients –
– Personal Branding,
– Body Language Skills
His workshops cover topics essential for both disciplines, like mental preparation, dealing with nerves, body language, handling mishaps and lots more. As well as being full of tangible business takeaways, the sessions permeated with stories of life at the sharp end of the British comedy scene.
Satisfied clients include Google, Fulham FC, Adobe, Lloyds of London and many more.
Sam spoke at our Grow your Career Your Way event, it was great working with him as he took time to really understand the event and then build the content collaboratively to ensure it was relevant. The session was scored 4.2 out of 5 amongst attendees, we really enjoyed it, some great insight and food for thought.
The course’s speaking tips and techniques were peppered with plenty of war stories from the sharp end of comedy makes for a more engaging experience. Also, I can see that there is a need in the era of the millennial for corporations to show their softer side, be more friendly, natural and humorous and perhaps less starchy.
— Lloyds of London
Sam’s session was really well received. Attending delegates have been sharing their experiences and learnings with colleagues who weren’t there. A fresh look at the age-old issue of connecting with clients.