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About creative self-expression, through writing, drawing and performance. ADEQUATE, because I can't do perfect.

The presenter is John-Paul Flintoff (me, the chap typing this sentence), the author of books published in 16 languages.

The latest, A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech, was written after a mental health crisis, and I might talk about that sometimes.

Find me at https://flintoff.org/

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About creative self-expression, through writing, drawing and performance. ADEQUATE, because I can't do perfect.

The presenter is John-Paul Flintoff (me, the chap typing this sentence), the author of books published in 16 languages.

The latest, A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech, was written after a mental health crisis, and I might talk about that sometimes.

Find me at https://flintoff.org/

    17. My First Wedding Speech: blow by blow, by Rebecca Twomey

    17. My First Wedding Speech: blow by blow, by Rebecca Twomey

    Rebecca Twomey is good with words. As a journalist, she knows a lot about dating, having written about it for several years. As an interviewer, she’s used to being recorded. But until recently she had never given a wedding speech – and felt all the pressure that comes with  it.
    In this interview, recorded as research when I was writing A Modest  Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech, Rebecca remembers in detail how she approached it, what worked (and what didn’t), and explains how she came to be giving what was, in effect, the “father of the bride” speech.
    Also in this episode, you can hear the voice of Lorna Milburn, a photographer who - as well as shooting for newspapers and magazines - has covered a lot of weddings. I asked Lorna to tell me what she has noticed, particularly, about wedding speeches. 
    You can find Rebecca and Lorna on my website, here: 
    https://flintoff.org/my-first-wedding-speech-blow-by-blow-by-rebecca-twomey

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    • 28 min
    16. A Guide To Being A Coachy Friendy Agenty Kind Of Person

    16. A Guide To Being A Coachy Friendy Agenty Kind Of Person

    Steve Chapman was working with somebody a bit wooden, who wanted to be more natural. But how? You can't just say, "Be more natural". What Steve did was utterly unexpected (it involved dandelions). 
    The interview with Steve in this episode was recorded as part of the research for my book, back in the days when you could meet a friend and sit in the park together, beneath noisy planes and near laughing children, without wearing a mask.
    As you listen to Steve, please notice that his interaction with his client involved a lovely dance between gentle requests and firm demands - a combination that may possibly be necessary in any attempt to engineer an interaction.

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    • 17 min
    15. How To Talk About Something Delicate: a few suggestions

    15. How To Talk About Something Delicate: a few suggestions

    If you're talking about something delicate, it's important to set up expectations from the start. 

    This episode contains the beginning of a workshop I delivered to an audience of speakers and would-be speakers, courtesy of a charity, Illuminate, which helps people to overcome their mental health problems, then talk publicly about their experiences. 

    In other words, what you're going to hear is me giving a talk about giving a talk. So apologies in advance that it's a bit self-referential. Some members of the audience had already delivered talks of their own, others hadn't. In this recording we considered how to set up a kind of "working relationship" with each audience, from the start.

    The session as a whole lasted just under an hour, but I'm sharing only the beginning, to keep this episode relatively short.

    Thank you to participants, and to Cambridgeshire-based Illuminate for organising this session.


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    • 30 min
    14. "It's A Sin To Bore For Jesus" + A lesson from impro

    14. "It's A Sin To Bore For Jesus" + A lesson from impro

    Ron Boyd-MacMillan wrote a remarkably useful and entertaining book, Explosive Preaching, which I picked up while researching my own book. His insights, intended to aid religious preachers, are useful to anybody who intends to make a speech, whether at a wedding or for work.

    In this interview, Ron tells me why the great early preacher St Augustine used to improvise;  says he's been disappointed that churches, in Covid, have sounded like bureaucrats interested only in health and safety; and tells stories about his work training preachers across the world and in many denominations. In particular, he explains how he prepared Chinese "house church" preachers to memorise dozens of hours of sermons all at once. 

    Whatever your interest in communication, you'll learn from Ron how to think about your purpose, your audience, the arrangement of your material, the style you adopt, how to memorise your material, and how best to deliver it. 

    PLUS: Whatever kind of creative work you are doing, you will want to stop occasionally and assess it. That applies to public speaking, writing a book, and making a podcast. In this episode, I perform a quick assessment of my own progress with this podcast, and note that I would never have started if I had hoped to know all this at the beginning - a reminder to all creative types to get started.


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    • 43 min
    13. Talking As Therapy, and Just Talking

    13. Talking As Therapy, and Just Talking

    Hannah Murray of Talk Radio Europe interviewed me about public speaking and mental health. She started with a welcome question about my breakdown. 
    Audio courtesy of Hannah, and Talk Radio Europe.

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    • 19 min
    12. "Read it aloud" | Interview with Kris Dyer, voice wiz

    12. "Read it aloud" | Interview with Kris Dyer, voice wiz

    I had hoped to record the audiobook myself. But Covid stopped that. After a few hours feeling sorry for myself, I came to see how much better it is that the book was narrated by Kris Dyer.
    He's narrated 200 audiobooks, and in this episode he shares how he started; why this kind of "public speaking" suits an introvert; how he aims to "channel" each author, what he did when a character he'd voiced as a Londoner turned out in book four of a series to be necessarily Scottish; what he did about voicing Winston Churchill, and the absolute necessity of reading aloud anything you write.
    Find Kris here: http://www.krisdyer.co.uk/

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    • 33 min

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An educational yet enjoyable new podcast

I’ve learnt a lot from Jean-Paul’s podcast so far, and am looking forwarding to learning a lot more. Public speaking is not a subject I would normally be interested in, but his take on it is really fascinating!

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