Interview An Interview With Adrian Furnham

An Interview With Adrian Furnham

Professor Adrian Furnham, one of HR Magazine’s 20 Most Influential People in HR, is renowned internationally as one of the most productive psychologists in the world.

What is the biggest challenge that you have overcome?

Talking to large mixed groups through interpreters. I once had to talk for 20 minutes EXACTLY to 1800 people from 6 language groups hearing me through the translators. Beware of telling jokes, but tell good stories.

How did you get into corporate speaking?

By chance about 20 years ago. I was talking at an academic conference and a business person heard me and asked my to speak at his conference. Thereafter it was a lot of word of mouth marketing. I am asked to talk about 30 times a year at all sorts of corporate events from after dinner talks to key-note presentations. I love it.

Why do you enjoy being a speaker?

I particularly enjoy trying to communicate the academic ideas and findings in a way that is understandable and memorable.

Who or what motivates you?

Travel and coming into contact with business people. I am a business psychologist academic so I need to be in the "real world" as much as possible.

You say in your biography that you enjoy a good argument, what is the most frustrating argument that you have been involved in?

People who have an unmovable ideology that fulfils a psychological purpose and is not open to data, reason or fair argument

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