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Rodin's thinker reading How To Change The World You know how it feels…

You can see exactly where everybody is going wrong.

You find yourself delivering lectures to people who didn’t ask for them – and don’t want to listen.

So you retreat online, looking for something that might help, only to find things that make you feel WORSE: depressed, irritable – and no fun to be around.

The things you find, in the dark corners of the internet, confirm all your worst fears. Everything looks SO bleak.

Believe me, I’ve been there… Continue


… or just change your life

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You’re like Brene Brown, but with more physical comedy…
- Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic

John-Paul Flintoff is the most practical dreamer I know
- Philippa Perry, BBC Television

It’s not often we have a paragon on the show… very funny.
- Jane Garvey, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

We love you JP
- Alain de Botton, founder, The School of Life

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I give sensational talks all over the place, about changing the world, being more creative and having better conversations.

(Want a talk? Just give me a soap box)


One Million Conversations

Were you awkward at school? I went through a terrible patch. Specially around girls…

Today, I’m aiming to inspire no fewer than One Million Conversations. (I know, right!) Not bland chat, but conversations that zing. Conversations that move, inspire, and bring together.

Please help us to reach our target by inviting us to your company, organisation or group.

Our approach is designed to work in homes, too. With my wife, Harriet Green, I co-wrote a guide book, published by Faber in the UK and others elsewhere, to help you capture exactly what makes your family unique.


Step into my office…

Of all the difficult conversations, SELLING may be the hardest. It turns many people into blithering idiots. Me too, sometimes.

It makes laugh/cry, because it’s crazy.

Even if we haven’t met, I KNOW that you have a lot to offer. And I have a very strong suspicion that you don’t realise how much.

You certainly haven’t thought of turning most of what you have into any kind of product, let alone putting your product out there into the world. Am I right?

But people need that thing of yours. They want it. It solves a problem they have. And so in many cases, they will pay for it. And more cash would be nice, no?

Sales and marketing, for nice people who hate that kind of thing

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Persuade, educate, inspire

Many people struggle to keep the attention of their audience. And if your livelihood depends on attention, that’s a BIG problem…

Allow me to share a storytelling tip that I learned when I was taken hostage by the multimillionaire rock star Gene Simmons, of KISS.

I’d gone to interview him for The Sunday Times. He locked me in a windowless room, and told me to keep the noise down. Keep reading…


Learn to improvise

The secrets of improvisational theatre are priceless…

Not because everybody wants to be a performer on stage, but because impro can teach you so much about your “performance” in everyday life. For me, training with Keith Johnstone, over several years, changed everything.


Use your hands

True improvisers don’t just perform. We also make things, by playing with physical stuff.

Sew Your Own My book Sew Your Own is the true account of my attempt to save the planet by making my own clothes (really!).

It was variously described (by other people) as wonderful, amazing, funny, warm, inspiring, moving and utterly brilliant.


This website was set up in 1999, as an archive of my writing on the best newspapers and magazines in English.

I still have more than 1,001 stories here, but I’ve hidden most of it. Mua-HA-hahaha!.

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