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Richard McCann on presenting

NEC, Birmingham, UKLearning News

International speaker, Richard McCann, talks about his life story and how teachers and business leaders inspired his career on the world stage.

Richard McCann, founder of iCan Speak Academy
Richard McCann, founder of iCan Speak Academy 

On a cold and misty morning in October 1975, Richard McCann woke to discover his mother was missing. He was just five years old. She was the first victim of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

Despite other tragic losses, and a period of dabbling with drugs and prison, Richard decided to turn his life around. He grew to become a motivational speaker and loving family man, with a film of his life in development. Today, Richard has delivered over 2,000 presentations around the world, inspiring audiences with his story of overcoming adversity, and provides training for individuals and teams to enhance their presentation skills and communicate authentically and with confidence.

Following Richard's presentation at World of Learning, Learning News asked Richard to share some of what he has learned about presenting and about his own, personal and inspirational story.

More information about Richard McCann and iCan Speak Academy is available from his website: World of Learning 2018 took place at the NEC, Birmingham, 16-17 October. More information about World of Learning and details of the 2019 event is available from the team via