On Speaking Well Enough, by John-Paul Flintoff


What If Everybody Was Interesting And Attractive?

It changes everything


My talk at TEDx Hackney, a few years ago, was given the wrong title. I only found out when I got to the venue, and opened the program:


“How Long Have I Got To Decide?”


To be clear: the organisers had emailed me some months before to ask what my title was. I hadn’t decided yet, so I replied, “How long have I got to decide?”

I did later send my preferred title, “What If Everybody Was Interesting And Attractive?”

But that email must have been missed.



With hindsight, How Long Have I Got To Decide was a brilliant title, and probably quite accurately reflects this mish-mash about improvising, Keith Johnstone, Queen Anne, going to prison, and playing The Rejection Game with Steve Chapman, Robert Twigger and Janine Ingrid.


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Update, 2021 | Earlier this week, I happened to find myself in a room with Steve and Twigger, but not Janine.

From left: Steve, me and Twig.

It wasn’t intended as a rejection, and I hope if you’re reading this, Janine, you don’t feel it as such.



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