PAUL Z JACKSON
When Paul Z Jackson first encountered improvisation, his life was transformed. He was inspired to make a radical career shift, leaving his newspaper job as a feature writer to set up improv comedy performing groups and join the BBC as a comedy producer.
As a consultant, coach, and facilitator, Paul is a leader in the application of improvisation in the UK and around the world. He designs and leads projects, workshops, and programs - helping teams to develop collaborative skills. His expertise covers strategy, leadership, teamwork, creativity, and innovation. Audiences at conferences around the world and readers of his books enjoy his direct and witty style. He draws on his experiences in journalism and comedy production to design and deliver impactful, story-rich events that connect directly to participants’ needs. Paul’s clients include: P&G, Google, Crossrail, Tate, JLIS and Rolls Royce.
Paul has taught improvisation and solution-focused approaches at: London Business School, Bath Spa University College, Aalto, The CIPD, Cranfield, Ashridge, Imperial, and The London Actors Centre. He has trained more than 1,000 coaches in the solutions-focused approach, coaches senior executives and police officers, and is a Supervisor for the Brief Therapy Practice diploma course.
Paul’s clients are exposed to a myriad of examples, given his breadth of experience in media, production, business, and performing groups. Paul empowers his clients to become more confident, creative and collaborative - adopting a more playful attitude and getting better results by attending to what they want and discovering how they can be resourceful. Paul leads his clients to gain a stronger sense of clarity and direction.
Paul was a newspaper journalist, then moved to the BBC as a comedy producer. Then as a consultant, he developed trainings in Accelerated Learning and Inspirational Presentation Skills. He is co-founder and President of the Applied Improvisation Network, Director of leading change consultancy, The Solutions Focus, Director of The Improvisation Academy, and serves on the SOLworld Steering Group.
A graduate of Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Paul is co-author of the ground-breaking book,The Solutions Focus – Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE, rated as one of the Top 30 business books of the year in the USA in 2002, as well as the study guide, Positively Speaking – the art of constructive conversations with a solutions focus. His other books include: Impro Learning, 58½ Ways To Improvise In Training, The Inspirational Trainer and Easy. Paul founded three improv performing groups, which nurtured the talents of several British actors, comedians, and entertainment personalities: Steve Coogan, Amelia Bullmore, Rob Brydon, Julia Davies and Ruth Jones.
Paul once went skiing with both arms in plaster, and now enjoys more leisurely games of tennis and ping pong.
Paul believes that improvisation and constructive conversations can help you make the differences that you want personally and professionally.