John-Paul Flintoff




My Viral TEDx: What happened, from start to finish


In 2017, Steve Chapman delivered a TEDx talk that rapidly went viral.

(To be clear, the title of this post refers to Steve, not me.)

In 2020, Steve agreed to join me and some friends to watch that TEDx again, together. I had a hunch that if Steve watched it with other people it might heighten the experience, and help him to give us a sense of what it was like to prepare his talk, deliver it, and deal with the aftermath.

The video on this page (below) contains that entire “watchback” session. You can jump to the point where I introduce Steve at 8 mins 15 seconds.

I’m confident that anybody who wishes to be a better speaker will benefit enormously from watching this brilliant man, my friend Steve Chapman, reflect on his experience – and from the Q&A that follows.

If you don’t have an hour to watch it now, please save this page somewhere and come back when you do have time.

You can see more about Steve in some of the “Related posts” below.

Thank you to Steve, and to my friends Pete, David, Joel, Jan, Rachel and Zoe.

PS. Please feel free to share this with anybody else who might benefit.

Posted: March 1, 2021

Keywords: modest adequate, TED, steve chapman




John-Paul Flintoff headshot, with Yours Truly written across it John-Paul Flintoff is author of six books, in 16 languages, including How To Change The World and A Modest Book About How To Make An Adequate Speech. He worked for 15 years as writer and associate editor on the Financial Times, the Sunday Times and other papers and magazines.


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