John-Paul Flintoff




A Guide To Being A Coachy Friendy Agenty Kind Of Person


Adequate Podcast, with guest Steve Chapman

Steve Chapman is a bit of a creative wonder. In this episode of an ADEQUATE podcast (below), he talks about working with somebody a bit wooden (not me!), who wanted to be more natural.

But how? You can’t just say, “Be more natural”.

What Steve did was utterly unexpected (it involved dandelions).

The interview with Steve in this episode was recorded as part of the research for my book, back in the days when you could meet a friend and sit in the park together, beneath noisy planes and near laughing children, without wearing a mask.

(The picture above was taken quite a long time before that.)

As you listen to Steve, please notice that his interaction with his client involved a lovely dance between gentle requests and firm demands – a combination that may possibly be necessary in any attempt to engineer an interaction.


Next time: “My First Wedding Speech”.


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Posted: February 28, 2021

Keywords: modest adequate, coaching, 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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