JP Flintoff

Conversations that change everything

By John-Paul Flintoff

Last week, I was very excited to be part of an inspiring TEDx event at Stormont, in Belfast.

Probably the most exciting thing was seeing the politicians Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in a photo together. When I was a child that photo would have been unthinkable – McGuinness was routinely described as a terrorist – and here they were before me. I know there are still significant difficulties in Northern Ireland, but to see this was to be reminded how much really has improved.

I simply couldn't miss the opportunity to get myself photographed with them – after all, I was a speaker too! A week later, I still can't quite get over it.

And now my talk has gone online. It's a lot more personal than my last TEDx.

I'm very grateful to my schoolteacher, the late Ivor Cutler, and people in journalism, impro and coaching who gave me ideas and inspiration.

Posted: April 4, 2013