Max Dickins Keynote Speaker
- Author of best-selling book 'Billy No Mates'.
- Internationally recognised authority on friendship and male mental health, featured in The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Mail and more.
- Thought leader is the application of improvisation in business.
Max Dickins's Biography
Max Dickins is a published playwright, actor, presenter, comedian and author of Billy No Mates, which has been translated into multiple languages and is currently being adapted for television.
When Max decided to propose to his girlfriend, he realised there was no one he could call on to be his best man. He quickly learned that he wasn’t the only man struggling with friendships. For decades, countless studies from across the world have confirmed that men have fewer friends – especially fewer close friends – than women, and the problem gets worse the older men get. But what goes wrong? And what can men do about it? Dickins went in search of answers, talking to world-leading experts and treating himself as a human guinea pig testing their recommendations.
The result is a fascinating, funny, and painfully honest look at masculinity, friendship, and male mental health.
On the page, Max’s writing has been featured in the Observer, Sunday Times, Daily Mail, and GQ. On the stage, Max’s critically acclaimed play Man on the Moor has toured nationally. On the airwaves, his radio show on Absolute Radio was nominated for a Sony Award. While on screen, Dickins has appeared numerous times on BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show.
In his other life, Max is also director of Hoopla, the UK’s first dedicated improvised comedy theatre and school. In these unprecedented times, he believes that improvisation is THE key skill that all of us need both at work and in our personal lives. He spreads the gospel in interactive workshops and keynote presentations with amazing clients like Google, Facebook and Accenture across 4 continents, with The Financial Times dubbing his work ‘transformative.’
Max Dickins's Speaking Topics
• Why Male Loneliness Matters – and what we can do about it
I explore the nature of men’s friendship problem, it’s three main causes and offer some practical solutions.
• The Power of Friendships
I explain the link between social connections and mental and physical health; look at what the differences are between the male and female social worlds – and why it’s important to understand these; and explore what we can all do to have more - and more fulfilling - friendships.
• The Improv Edge
Improvisation is the art of acting without a script. This happens on stage for laughter in shows like, Whose Line is it Anyway? But how often in life are forced to act without scripts? Especially at work? In this high-energy and interactive talk, I take the skills of improv off-stage, and show the audience how they can use them to handle whatever life throws their way.
• The Art of Storytelling
The storytellers have inherited the earth. In an increasingly complex world, where we are all fighting for our audience’s attention, the ability to tell stories to simplify concepts and make our message memorable is more crucial than ever. In this talk, I use examples from the stage, screen and real-life to teach everyone how they can use narrative techniques to make themselves heard.