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An Interview With Phil Beadle

Phil Beadle is an inspirational inner city English teacher and an internationally recognized expert on learning.

Why do you love being a speaker?

Challenge. My career as an educator has been spent going one-on-thirty in challenging classrooms. It's been good preparation for going one-on-two-hundred in conference halls. The audiences are utterly dissimilar, but many of the skills you pick up in the inner city classroom are applicable. I also enjoy - massively - the challenge of performance: attempting to be better than you were last week; to tell that particular joke in more rhythmic a manner; deliver that anecdote more affectingly. Speaking is like teaching: you will never master it, but that doesn't mean that you cannot try.

How did the corporate speaking begin?

Post being on the television almost a decade ago I found that people would occasionally ask me to speak abut motivation or creativity. I was initially very scared of it, and realised that - for the reason that I was scared - it would be something I would want to take very seriously.

Which event has been your favourite event, and why?

I have no particular favourite; I treat each event as if it were the last one I will ever do. However, acting as a warm-up act for senior politicians is always a treat, as they are rarely ever funny (!)

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

Nuremberg might be too silly an answer. I feel I am ready for the TED Events, but the invite is yet to come.

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Geldof is the best I've seen.

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

Research and rehearse. There is really no substitute for time at the desk writing. Fort a new speech I will spend over a week's writing for each hour on stage. And it still isn't enough!.

What can a typical corporate audience learn from your experiences?

I have been helping young people from challenging backgrounds achieve beyond their expectations for twenty years. I have (I hope) profound things to say about motivation, behaviour management, creativity, learning, emotional and social intelligence, body language. Oh, and I am an expert in meta-cognition too (whatever that is).

What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday?

A leg of lamb and a lunchtime kip.

What personal ambition must you fulfill before you die?

For my children to visit every country in Europe. And for one of my books win a few awards.

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