“Spellbinding, Brilliant, Fantastic, Excellent, Richard McCann was utterly superb..” These were some of the comments I received from my staff after hearing Richard speak at our annual conference. His ability to connect with the audience, having them laughing and crying in equal measure and inspiring them through his incredible life story was very impressive. Truly inspirational.” Many thanks
Mark Jones Managing Director Wherry Housing Association (Oct 2011)
“Richard was invited to speak at a conference entitled ‘HMP Hull -Beyond the walls’ -Reducing Re-offending Via Custody and Community Partnerships. “I required some powerful, thought provoking delivery in the conference to stimulate and motivate delegates in the afternoon period. Richard’s emotive talk ‘blew the audience away.’ It created the backbone for what has proved to be a successful conference, inspiring not only thought but also action. Richard skilfully combined his own personal story with the message of the conference, in a highly professional and well constructed manner. Richard proved himself to be a highly skilled orator, who captivates an audience, commanding a strong emotional and mental presence. Richards skills were also used to spread the conferences message via local media to good effect.” “
Head of Community and Business Engagement HMP Hull
I am struggling to find words to express our appreciation for the immense contribution you have made to Barnardo’s by attending as guest speaker. As someone whose job requires him to regularly speak to audiences about the work of Barnardo’s you can take it from me that your contribution was exceptional. Your personal experience and the honest and disarming way in which, with absolute frankness, you shared your own life’s difficulties was both moving and compelling. I have no hesitation in recommending you to anybody who might be considering an emotive speaker to attend one of their future events.
Andrew Nebel, Uk Director of Marketing & Communications of Barnardo’s.
Richard, Your extremely poignant, and inspirational address received a standing ovation at my Divisional Sales Conference. Congratulations and many thanks.
An all time NEW WEEKLY SALES RECORD last week affirms the motivational impact you made.
Having read both your books I would know the author had a story to tell, and while you shared your experiences very humbly, you shared your philosophies, your ideals, your winning principles very positively and effectively: Consequently for the audience very inspirationally. Many thanks, once again Richard, I look forward to welcoming you to future Combined conferences. Regards.
George Munro, Vice President/Divisional Manager Northern UK Division Combined Insurance
Richard McCann has a magical gift that grabs his audience by the collar and has them perched in anticipation on every word. He literally captivates the listeners and has them sitting on the edge of their seats wondering what is coming next. Few speakers have Richard’s unique ability. His stories capture and appeal to all who listen as he takes them on a journey through highs and lows, laughing and crying and a fabulous heart-warming positive finale. As Organiser, Chairman and Managing Director of the Inspire Scotland event, I am delighted to say Richard’s presentation was the epitome of what I was trying to achieve.
Mike Berry Inspire Scotland, Edinburgh
Richard McCann was approached by our organization to deliver a 45 minute speech to a group of business professionals. The group were meeting to discuss, share ideas and learn new information about goal planning, personal efficiency and self awareness. Richard’s aim was to inspire the audience into looking at their lives in a different perspective. Some of the feedback we received from delegates included:
Asked some very powerful questions that questioned our own untapped potential.
A powerful, very moving story. Inspiring, a positive thinker with excellent speaking skills.
The most inspiring and moving talk that I have been to for years.
Linking his experiences to a thread of techniques that we can use was very useful. We were delighted with Richard’s professional approach,we were also impressed by his willingness to talk with the attendees after the event. We hope that Richard will work with us again.
Phil Lee, MasterclassUK Leeds
Your motivational and moving story helped to show staff how they can inspire learners to improve their lives and aim for an incredible future. The workshops, Working Together to Make a Difference to Young People, were also a great opportunity for staff to discuss and reflect on what they are doing, the impact of their actions and how they can better understand and support the diverse needs of young people. Furthermore, your workshops have supported staff to develop strategies that they, their teams and the College can implement to ensure that every young learner achieves whilst at Leeds Thomas Danby.
Ann Yasin, Professional Development Coordinator, Thomas Danby College, Leeds
A truly outstanding speaker, a heartfelt story told from the heart, I hope it doesn’t become too polished as his presentation style is perfect the way it is!
David Powell, JCI Leeds Business Events Director
Richard, Thank you for attending the Leadership Event on the 1st July 2008 as a pre-dinner speaker. I have event managed over a 150 events whilst working for the Improvement Foundation, and until hearing you speak at one of our events I had never seen a standing ovation. Best wishes
Catherine Bentley, Events Co-Ordinator Improvement Foundation
““We were blown away by Richard’s speech””
Royal Armouries, Leeds
Richard McCann kept an audience listening intently throughout his entire presentation. He then got the longest applause in 7 years of putting on this event. Our guest from Head Office described his talk as compelling, our post-graduate award winner made a point of saying how much she enjoyed it, others said that it made the hairs on their arms stand on end, and that the more they thought about it, the greater the impact it had on them. We aim to give people a different experience to the usual “business social” event and we like to make them think. You helped us do both. Thank you for helping to make our evening a success.
Peter Hammond, Immediate Past Chair, Tees Valley Branch, CIPD
How would a motivational speaker go down with a group of hard bitten, Pennine Yorkshire business owners? Our committee decided to take a chance. Richard McCann delivered. The audience were silent throughout. The applause at the end was spontaneous and heartfelt. The comments afterwards were, without exception, complimentary. Thank you, Richard. Now go and inspire the rest of British business as you have inspired us. With the determination you have generated, we can’t lose.
Mike Goodman: Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses, Kirklees Branch
Watching him connect with his audience is magical. He does this by being real, being authentic and by opening his heart to us, a true sign of strength. If you are booked to see Richard, climb aboard the rollercoaster and hang on tight. I can guarantee you will enjoy the ride!
Amanda Wingfield Marketing and Events Manager Leeds
We were blown away by Richard’s speech!
Claire Harder Royal Armouries, Leeds
I was overwhelmed by your honesty and the simplicity of your presentation: nothing fancy. The slides complimented what you were saying perfectly. The way you stood and spoke without hiding behind anything. The white tower and the University was a perfect symbol of what might be and what eventually came to be it was a masterstroke. A great big thank-you for joining us and sharing your life with us.
Madge Mason, Regional Rep: West Midlands and North Wales Samaritans