John-Paul Flintoff

What If Everybody Was Interesting And Attractive?

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

To be clear: the organisers had emailed me some months before to ask what my title was, and I hadn’t decided yet, so I replied, “How long have I got to decide.” I did later send a title – “What If Everybody Was Interesting And Attractive?” but that email must have been missed.

With hindsight, it seems like a brilliant title, and probably 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.

Posted: June 15, 2014

Keywords: rejection game, impro, TED, talks

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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