Lucinda Worlock interviews John-Paul Flintoff
Wed 14 April
John-Paul Flintoff has written a gentle and brave book about public speaking.
Rather than passing down instructions from the perspective of an established expert, he’s shared his vulnerablities as a rather shy and introverted journalist, who has had to take the stage as part of his quest to earn a living.
Rhetorical handbooks have taken many shapes and sizes down the centuries, John Paul-Flintoff has refreshed the genre.
If you’ve enjoyed the books of Sam Leith, Jay Heinrichs or Mark Forsyth, you’ll love this witty, self-deprecating and topical manual for the would-be TEDx speaker, best man or candidate for public office.
Flintoff’s book is a wise, inspiring and moving account of how he’s overcome his fear of public speaking and assimilated insights and techniques from the worlds of preaching, theatre and business.
Lucinda Worlock, an experienced public speaking trainer and voice coach, will be talking to John-Paul about how he came to write the book, what we can do to find the courage to share our wisdom, and how we can all become better speakers and speechwriters.
John-Paul Flintoff is a journalist, artist and performer who has delivered talks across four continents to audiences of as many as 5,000 people. He has worked as a writer and editor at the Financial Times and The Sunday Times, trained in improvisational theatre and has published five books, including How to Change the World.
Lucinda Worlock is a voice and communication coach with a diverse client base that spans across multiple industries throughout the UK and Europe, as well as Asia and Latin America, including doctors, journalists, architects, politicians, actors and sports commentators. She is a voice tutor for RADA Business and part of the voice faculty for Shakespeare’s Globe, and former in-house voice and communication lead at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
I absolutely loved this. What did I love? I loved the cheeky tone, the artless blurting, the pithiness, the constant breaking of the fourth wall and defying convention about how to write a how-to book. I loved the vulnerability and honesty. This is a subject which, as he says, has been written about many times before, but never with such refreshing chutzpah and humour. The book itself is a masterclass in its own subject. ― Jenny Rogers, Executive coach, speaker, and author of Are You Listening? (Penguin Business 2021)
This is a warm, wise, brave – and humble – book that makes you feel better about public self, whether its giving a speech or anything else. I am glad I read it. Deb
As someone who speaks in public a lot, and who loves doing it, I was really excited to read this new take on rhetoric, communication, and speaking well. I learned so much! I greatly enjoy JP’s writing style too – he is creative, accessible, humorous, vulnerable, witty, wise, and above all, authentic. AL