Alpha Papa Boardroom Flipchart Skills


Alan Partridge hosting a siege became the radio DJ's first big screen outing in 2013.

About fifteen minutes in, there's a scene we can call Boardroom.

Our hero Alan bursts in to the management meeting of the new owners of his radio station. As seen up-top.

Having told his late-night show colleague, Pat, he'd stick up for him, when he sees his own name on the list of possible firings, his volte-face is swift.

Note the contents of the flipchart. A kind of mini-mind map. Pretty uninspiring. I trust your sheets don't look like this. All one colour ink. Buzzword bingo. And not 'you' in the centre.

Still, luckily Alan grabs the initiative,

Have you though, ever practised how you flip the chart? Should you ...?

At least Alan knows to use a new colour. And who doesn't love a big thick red.

Arh. Never write with back to audience. Never stand face-on to easel.

But do ...

... fill that page.

Which, as we see through glimpse later in the denouement, is what sticks.

As the new brooms pose for a team snap.

Which away from the comedy value of not checking what's behind you when having your photo taken, is a decent reminder that you may well leave the room, but your message need not.

And I remember the days fondly when deliberately crafting a page that would be written part-way through the pitch. So when leaving, I'd purposely bring it back to the front. Leaving it on display for whoever arrived next, to see and discuss.

And I know of more than one occasion when this specifically helped lead to a deal.

Aha, indeed.

Corner coming up.
You never know what's round the corner.
More corners, usually.
Imagine a world without corners.
π™½πš˜-πš˜πš—πšŽ πš πš˜πšžπš•πš πš‹πšŽ πšŠπš‹πš•πšŽ 𝚝𝚘 𝚌𝚞𝚝 πšŠπš—πš’.
Everyone would be going round in circles.

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