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An Interview with Roger Flynn

Former CEO/Director of Virgin, BBC, British Airways & Prudential, Roger Flynn is an expert on change, leadership, innovationn & customer satisfaction.

Roger Flynn

Who would you most like to share a platform with?

Winston Churchill.

How did the corporate speaking all start?

An enquiry in 2004 when I was at the BBC.

Can you remember your first speaking engagement?

Yes, it was Rexam Plc and thoroughly enjoyed it!

And your last event?

Athens CEO Conference with 350 people. I followed the Finance Minister!

Which event has been your favourite and why?

I have loved them all. Possibly Belfast, because I was able to go onto Dublin and watch England v Ireland in the Rugby!

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

It would have to be the next global climate change summit – we have to move faster to save the planet.

Do you use PowerPoint?

Yes, but with more pictures than words – it has to enhance what I’m saying.

Are you as happy speaking to 50 as to 1,000 people?

Yes, totally happy with both. I have spoken to 3,000 before and love the way you can get a large group enthralled. However, I also love the intimacy and enquiry of a small group – it’s terrific for Q&A.

Do you always like to do a briefing call before the event?

Absolutely, and I like to follow up with a speech summary to make sure it delivers exactly what the client needs

What are the most asked for topics?

Leadership, change management, innovation, re-thinking strategy and new business models.

Is your speech at all interactive with audience participation?

Not fully interactive, but I do like to move around the audience and ask questions.

Do you have any funny/embarrassing speaking anecdotes you care to share?

At one of my first speeches I was washing my hands in the bathroom before going on stage when one of the delegates looked at me and said, “oh God I wonder what they have lined up for us next...” to which I replied, “well that would be me then!”.

Your favourite film?

Love Actually by the amazing Richard Curtis!

Favourite book?

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins.

Favourite holiday destination?

Has to be Mauritius.

Country or townie?

Both - London and Devon.

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