Interview An Interview With Alex Flynn

An Interview With Alex Flynn

How would most people react upon a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease? For keynote and motivational speaker, Alex Flynn, it meant establishing the 10MillionMetres Challenge.

Alex Flynn

What do you do to ensure your presentation has a lasting impact?

I do on occasion use audience interaction, I also change emphasis and intensity dependent on what I am trying to convey and the audience. However, I have been told that I am not easily forgettable as I am the guy with the disease doing the impossible.

How did the corporate speaking begin?

I have always been able to present, especially when I lectured at several well-known universities both in the UK and Europe. My life changing project, 10MillionMetres, has drawn interest from many different sectors and countries. As a consequence, I was repeatedly asked if I did speaking engagements and after a time I decided that I'd give it a go....

Which event has been your favourite, and why?

The talk I gave to Thames Valley Dementia and Neurodegenerative Disease Research Network (DeNDRoN) at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has been the most interesting and fun so far. There were a lot of very eminent speakers from the neurological and genetics sectors present and I was the end of the daylight relief, the adventurer. The part I most enjoyed was linking in what I have learned as a patient from a personal perspective and my experience of leading teams with their research areas. This connection, making it relevant, meant that I had their full attention and also was something they could relate to. I have taken my experiences both in the adventures I have had but also from my time in the various multi-nationals I have worked for and connect with my audience.

If you could speak at any event, past or future, what would it be?

My sons' weddings.

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

That's a tough one, as there are several. Marshall Ulrich or Ran Fiennes.

What are your most frequently requested speaking topics?

Adventure and dealing with perpetual change.

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

The power of positive thought and self-belief. Team building and selection. Dealing with a perpetual change to achieve success.

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