John-Paul Flintoff

"Very honest and human and moving" – Nick Rosen, author of Off-Grid

I'm a speaker

I share ideas about leadership, creativity and communication. I have spoken at major events in the UK and internationally.

Some upcoming public events are listed here

“Gave a very moving, inspiring, almost evangelical call to action which sent me a bit mental for a bit. In a good way” – Helen Bagnall, Salon


I have worked with some amazing organisations, global corporations, non-profits, prisons and schools – giving talks, running workshops and teaching public speaking, through my company Speak/Listen.

Even at the top of your field, you can find productive opportunities for improvement, and I’m proud to work with people and businesses hungry to do that. (Click here to see who they are.)

My main focus is on how to make change happen through better communication skills, and what that means for creativity and collaboration.

To find out more, send me an email


I also work with individuals, as a coach. No matter how successful you already are, I can help you to find new opportunities at work, and to create the kind of life you want. If you’ve not been coached before, why not try it? Send me an email.

I'm an author

GUIDE How to Change The World

Rodin's thinker reading How To Change The World How To Change The World, published in 14 languages, will help to identify what matters most to you (not me), and ways to overcome the obstacles that might hold you back. Find out more


WORKBOOK The Family Project

What makes you who you are? Where do you come from? What will you leave behind? With my wife Harriet Green, I’ve created a workbook that will help you to capture exactly what makes your own family unique.


MEMOIR Sew Your Own

Sew Your Own 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.


MEMOIR Comp: A Survivor’s Tale

The story of my time as a pupil at one of Britain’s most celebrated/notorious state schools, with a bit of polemic thrown in too. “A marvellous account of growing up rough in West London” (The Times Literary Supplement), “Hilarious, hair-raising” (The Sunday Times)


NOVEL What If The Queen Should Die?

My first novel was the result of an unprecedented collaboration with performers and readers. Though entirely crowdfunded, it’s distributed by Penguin Random House.


MAP: What’s Bugging You?

With Mapology Guides I created a problem-solving map, for any problem anybody might have. In designing it, we kept coming up against things that bugged us, and having to find ways to fix them. Which was, of course, delightfully, the whole point. Buy one here.

I'm a journalist

For several years, I wrote for the Sunday Times (of London). Before that, I was feature writer and associate editor on the Financial Times magazine.

I met Hollywood actors, rock stars, sportsmen, artists, religious leaders, criminals, and their victims, politicians, financiers, Nobel-winning scientists, philanthropists and any number of “ordinary” people who have had extraordinary experiences.

See also this.

I have written for many English language newspapers and magazines, including:


Subscribe to my YouTube channel for news about my events, and ideas about change, creativity and conversation.


The latest post is here.

The archive is here.



Recently, I was given a fiendish challenge. To combine my interest in conversation, mindfulness and coaching – in a range of commercial homeware. Click here to find out more.

I also make handmade-books, and teach others to do the same.