Speak Out

2021. Your time. To rediscover your purpose. To find a new, powerful way to describe what you do and leave a lasting impression on everyone you meet.

Join Speak Out, a public speaking, communication and personal branding course - with heart. With Simon Cohen and special guests including Nile Rodgers and Farah Pandith and a supportive, playful community.

Registration deadline was 5pm Friday 15 Jan.

  • Duration 4 weeks
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  • Weekly calls 1.5 hours from 6pm GMT
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  • Course start Weds 20th January 2021
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  • Price £217 (or pay what you can*)    Find out more

Listen in. Find Your Voice. Speak Out.

Listen in. Find your voice. Speak Out.

This course is for people who want to find their voice and use this unprecedented time to start making a difference for themselves and the world.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

– Margaret Mead

In four weeks, you will:

  • Uncover the story of your true purpose.
  • Learn pioneering communications to dramatically affect change.
  • Use play to find out more about yourself.
  • Never look at the question “So, what do you do?” the same way again.
  • Be seen and heard by course leaders and community.
  • Answer the call of our times and…
  • Leave the world a better place than you found it.

Collaborate with Simon and his team on a journey to find your purpose and leave a lasting impression on everyone you meet. Develop your unique introduction with a compelling and practical Revelator Pitch.

The Revelator Pitch
Simon designed the Revelator Pitch as a powerful, humanising alternative to the traditional elevator pitch. He has trained hundreds of social entrepreneurs to develop their Revelator Pitches, on behalf of the Amani Institute, in Brazil, Kenya and India. This works.

 

Communications Pioneer, Simon Cohen

Simon is a world-leading expert in the field of communications. He’s crafted messaging for HH Dalai Lama, Gandhi’s grandson and TED. He’s spoken at the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Cannes Lions and trained thousands of change-makers around the world to speak out. In the last 15 years, *every* delegate has said they recommend Simon’s training.

‘When your words enter the heart, the possibilities for your work, for your relationships, and for our world, are limitless’

– Simon Cohen

Along with his skillful team of facilitators and guest speakers, Simon will guide you through a process of introspection, interaction and exploration, teaching you tools and practical techniques to make your difference.

‘One of our huge Pause for Thought favourites… Absolutely brilliant – a great guy and a deep thinker’

– Chris Evans

‘I want to follow him’

– Robbie Williams

‘Simon, you are a true gentleman in every way with a loving heart. The day we met my world got better bruh.’

– Nile Rodgers

Team

Nile Rodgers

Special Guest

Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music.

Co-founder and Chairman of the We are Family Foundation; co-founder of CHIC and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. Nile's productions for artists like David Bowie, Diana Ross and Madonna have sold over 500 million albums and 75 million singles worldwide.

Farah Pandith

Special Guest

Farah is the first Mohammad Ali Global Peace Laureate. Farah served three American presidents, on the National Security Council, US Agency for International Development, and Department of State.

Farah is an author (‘How We Win’), foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat. A world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, she is a media commentator and public speaker.

Dr Mark Williamson

Special Guest

Dr Mark Williamson is co-founder and Director of Action for Happiness, one of the largest happiness movements in the world, helping millions of people keep calm, stay wise and be kind.

Mark is passionate about creating a more balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on helping people and communities thrive.

Muzoon Almellehan

Special Guest

Muzoon Almellehan is a youth activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She began campaigning for children’s rights while living in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.

BBC’s 100 influential and inspirational women; TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teens; Glamour Women of the Year Award; Dresden International Peace Prize 2020.

Roshan Paul

Special Guest

Roshan is CEO of Amani Institute, who empower global social entrepreneurs. A world-renowned innovator, Roshan has guest-lectured at over 50 institutions around the world, including Harvard, and the World Bank.

Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School; World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Behavioral Science; Leadership in Education award (World Education Congress); Asia 21 Young Leaders (Asia Society)

Mr Simon Cohen

Host

My purpose is to multiply. I gave away a £1m communications agency for family life. I’ve helped HH Dalai Lama, Gandhi’s grandson, and other world-leading changemakers speak out.

Pause for Thought on Radio 2. Award winning social entrepreneur. Fellow RSA. Trained hundreds of social entrepreneurs around the world. Spoken at the World Economic Forum, United Nations, Cannes Lions.

Gani Naylor

Facilitator

I believe that we all have access to the power and magic of creativity and collaboration. I create multi-media experiences that invite the imagination and gently open the doors to the realms of possibility.

I have designed and delivered experiential learning journeys internationally for thousands of educators, entrepreneurs and activists. I love seeing the sparkle in people’s eyes when they take creative risks and feel the genuine support of the community.

Samuel Crosby

Facilitator

When we connect, deeply and truly revealing ourselves to one another, I see the world as a richer place. And nothing connects us more than storytelling.

Poetry for BBC Radio’s National Poetry Day, The Wildlife Trusts and Imperial War Museums. Writer, film-maker, spoken-word and visual artist.

Our Journey

Speak Out sign

To communicate our purpose with power, first we must listen in. Filled up by stories of ‘why’ we’ll move forward together, using pioneering techniques to define our ‘what’ and bring our authentic purpose to light.

On our journey of discovery we will travel through three areas:

Listen in

A time for reflection and honouring your unique perspective with skill, compassion and authenticity. We must disentangle the voices of our parents, friends and the media to find our own voice.

We’ll take the first two weeks to discover purpose.

Week 1: Listening in to our ‘why’ – the fire in our bellies

Why do we do what we do? Exploring our core beliefs and experimenting with metaphor to create resonance with our sense of purpose. Introduction to the Revelator Pitch.

Week 2: Our stories of ‘why’ – the ground we stand on

Where does our conviction come from? Connecting with transformative moments in our own stories. Expanding the vocabulary of our metaphor and energising the language of our Revelator Pitch. Understanding how to add texture, depth and layers through the art of storytelling.

Find your voice

A compelling story is filled with possibility. Engaged, interested and inquisitive minds will hear your ‘why’ and be drawn to find out what comes next. In this part of the course we will define your ‘what’.

Week 3: Giving voice to our ‘what’ – the work that flows through us

What are we actually doing about it? Bridging from our beliefs and our story to our ‘what’, describing what we do in terms of actions and benefits – embodying our message, delivering wholeheartedly, assessing the reach and impact made. Call to action – what we want people to think, say or do differently.

Week 4 Preparation: Submit your Revelator Pitch to Simon and the team

Speak Out

The time is now. In our changing world, this is your chance to bring your authentic purpose to light. Now that you have the tools, it’s not just a nice to have, it’s your responsibility. Speak Out.

Week 4: Speak Out – breathing life into our visions 

Who are you, what do you want and why should I care? Sharing our Revelator Pitches in small groups, peer to peer coaching, and opportunities to present to the whole group with coaching from Simon and the team. Celebration, reflections and commitments – moving forthward.

What’s included?

Be the first to access Simon’s groundbreaking training and start making changes in yourself that will last a lifetime.

Revelator Pitch

Your own personalised, powerful and practical Revelator Pitch. Master the art of short-form storytelling with 60 second introduction that will leave a lasting impression and impact change.  Take the fear out of questions like “So, what do you do?” and turn them into sources of possibility.

Collaborative Sessions

Weekly 1.5 hour collaborative online sessions with international facilitators, led by Simon Cohen, creator of the Revelator Pitch. Each week includes a new special guest and insider insight into pioneering communications techniques.

12–1.30pm CT
6–7.30pm GMT
7–8.30pm CET
8–9.30pm CAT

These live, interactive, energetic and dynamic workshops will make you think twice about what’s possible with online communications, including…

  • Interactive games, role-plays, and imaginative exercises.
  • Tools and practices to connect with your sense of purpose for the rest of your life.
  • Simon’s real-world examples.

Creative Exercises

Up to 1.5 hours per week of take-home creative exercises between sessions. Take the benefits of community learning, then spend time exploring your own space and your own soul. Along with the collaborative sessions, this brings your total weekly commitment to 3 hours.

Guest speakers

These international, inspirational guest speakers are rallying to the cause of your purpose and your voice. From the arts to activism, watch some of the world’s most masterful communicators live at work.

Accountability

Share your progress with the course leaders and community. Give yourself a renewed sense of purpose and agency, focus on what matters most and make the changes you want to see.

Your Speak Out community

Gain exclusive access to a community of like minds. Learn and grow together. Take this once-in-a-lifetime chance to connect and build creative collaborations with people who want to leave the world a better place than they found it.

The experimental learning lab is a safe space for fellow Speak Out travellers to make deep and profound exploration…

“The Way is long – let us go together. The Way is difficult – let us help each other. The Way is joyful – let us share it. The Way is ours alone – let us go in love. The Way grows before us – let us begin.” 

Zen Invocation

We will be using leading edge zoom facilitation techniques – make sure you have plenty of room to move.

Have fun, engage with the supportive Speak Out community and learn from each other through interactive, playful and innovative workshops. Share the journey with like-minded, purpose-driven people, moving towards a better world.  

Who is it for?

Speak Out is for you

Speak Out is only for those who want make a positive social difference in the world, however you choose to define that. We believe in the power of purpose, which is why the course is priced to be so accessible.

This course is NOT for you if…

You’re climbing the corporate ladder with no interest in social change. We’re change-makers.

This course IS for you if…

  • You’ve been rocked by corona and other social issues, you’re re-evaluating meaning and ‘success’ and want to delve deeper into your purpose.
  • You’ve been furloughed or made redundant and need to attract new opportunities quickly.
  • You’re working or volunteering for a cause and would like to create more of an impact.
  • You have an idea about a social campaign or cause you want to get involved in or start up.
  • You’d like to re-connect with why you do what you do, or even do something else, and set your heart on fire with purpose.
  • You’d like to increase your confidence, in particular in Zoom meetings or a virtual setting.

FAQs

  • What can I expect from the online sessions?
    Our online workshops will take place in a private and secure Zoom room and will run for 90 minutes. We will utilise features of zoom such as breakout rooms, gallery and speaker view, screen sharing, collaboration on multiple platforms in multiple art forms.
  • What makes this course unique?
    Simon created the Revelator Pitch as a unique, humanising means of introducing ourselves and our purpose. He has trained hundreds of social entrepreneurs around the world with this methodology (through the Amani Institute) - this is the first time it is being offered to the public. Our approach to communication is rooted in our belief that everyone’s voice has value. The training will be held on Zoom and will use an experiential, creativity based methodology for developing our skills as public communicators - including self awareness, personal presence and comfort speaking in front of a group about issues you truly care about. You will learn techniques for expressing yourself in ways that will have impact and meaning and convert encounters into opportunities.
  • Do I need to have experience in public speaking?
    Absolutely not. We will be offering accessible activities and opportunities to practise in a supportive environment. We welcome a diversity of experience and believe that we can all learn from each other. No one will be forced to share anything they don’t want to.
  • How much time will it involve?
    The course will consist of 4x 90 minute workshops to be held on Zoom over a 4 week period with brief assignments for reflection between the sessions. The total commitment is approximately 3 hours per week (including the calls)
  • What are the course fees?
    We offer a sliding scale of prices from £147 - £397. There is also a pay-what-you-can option available for those really struggling. We believe that everyone’s voice has value, and material means should not be a barrier. Please contact us for further information.
  • What if I need to cancel my booking?
    Please contact us right away if you need to cancel your booking. To see if you are eligible for a refund, review our Payment Policy. For our full terms and conditions, please see https://mrsimoncohen.com:4000/terms-and-conditions
  • What is your payment policy?
    We will offer a full refund up to 7 days before the start of the course. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are prepared with the technology and connectivity necessary to participate. Refunds are not available due to technical difficulty on the user end. You are welcome to transfer your registration to another eligible participant without any extra fee. Please let us know who will be attending in your place. Send the name and address of the person who will be replacing you to info@mrsimoncohen.com. In certain instances (trainer illness, power outage, etc.) it may be necessary for us to cancel the training. In this instance registrants will be given instructions for a refund or rescheduling.
  • If you have questions that aren’t covered here, please contact us.
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Booking

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

– Martin Luther King Jr

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – FRI 15 JANUARY

Every voice has value, especially in these hard times, and it is important to us that everyone has access to this empowering course regardless of their material means.

In return for the course fee, you will get:

  • Weekly 1.5 hour collaborative sessions with international facilitators, led by Simon Cohen, creator of the Revelator Pitch. All sessions will be 6-7.30pm UK time and held online.
  • Up to 1.5 hours per week of creative exercises between the sessions (totalling 3 hours’ commitment per week).
  • A renewed sense of purpose, a powerful and practical new way of sharing what you do and why you do it, multiplying your influence in the world.
  • Your own Revelator Pitch: a powerful 60-second video introduction that you can use in your professional and personal life to impact change.

Sliding scale

The course has been priced to be as accessible as possible, particularly supporting students, charities, our local community in Cornwall (one of the materially poorest communities in Europe), and individuals. 

Scholarships

We have also included a ‘pay what you can’ option for those who are really struggling right now due to finding themselves unemployed, or in other financial difficulties. If you or someone you know really deserves to speak out and receive a part funded place, please use this option.

*Please note, there are a limited number of part funded scholarships available and are only for those really financially struggling. Nominate someone (or yourself!) who the world really needs to get their voice heard and does not have the material means to access the course.

The course fees (shown here in GBP, but you can also pay in USD) are:

  • Individual / sole trader / charity: £217
  • Student / Cornwall resident: £169
  • Company rate: £500
  • Pay what you can: if you’re really struggling

Booking is secure through Paypal, and is available in GBP and US Dollars. If you are from a country with a different currency, please choose GBP and let Paypal do its conversion magic.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 

– Maya Angelou