trainer, speaker, comedian, best-selling author
Gerry tells the story of his journey to empowerment through comedy:
Gerry doing stand-up at Brighton Comedy Festival:
Irishman Gerry Maguire Thompson M.A. B.Sc. R.I.B.A. is a stand-up comedian, trainer, coach, international speaker and best-selling author with half a million books sold worldwide in many languages.
Turning disaster into triumph:
As a young adult, Gerry was painfully shy – introverted and withdrawn, hating attention, and terrified of looking stupid, . Learning how to wield humour, however, and then training as a stand-up comic, he overcame these challenges so that he is now a confident speaker who can stand up in front of audiences of thousands – and enjoy it.
Gerry started out in professional life as an architect, then worked in health-and-wellbeing counselling. He trained in facilitation at Roffey Park international training and leadership institute. He is a youth-work facilitator for Company Paradiso and has current DBS certification.
Gerry doing stand-up: why people are really annoying:
For more information and video clips of Gerry’s comedy performances, visit his personal website
A life-changing experience:
Gerry dropped out of his career as an architect to take a life-changing overland journey from Turkey through Iran, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and the Himalayan kingdoms. He was subsequently initiated into Buddhism by the Dalai LLama of Tibet, and employs many buddhist concepts in his work helping people change their lives for the better. Gerry’s teachers also include Robert Holden, Daisaku Ikeda and Herman Aihara.
Gerry has a side career as an extremely successful author. He has written twenty-five books- both funny and serious – which have sold half a million copies in a multitude of languages. His most recent title, “Inspirational Gamechangers: How the best business talent create astonishingly successful companies” – published by Financial Times Publishing, is now being translated into Chinese more about this book
Gerry is business book consultant for the Susan Mears Literary Agency, and has co-authored and mentored many other titles.
For more information on Gerry’s books and other writings, visit his personal website