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Richard McCann Inspirational motivational and keynote speaker

Richard McCann is an exceptional communicator whose ability to inspire an iCan attitude is guaranteed to give your people the iCan approach

We live in challenging times and Richard McCann knows a thing or two about challenge. He has endured and overcome, what can only be described as insurmountable odds, throughout his almost 40 years.

On a cold and misty morning in October 1975, Richard McCann, aged 5 woke up to discover that his Mother was gone. She was the first victim of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

His first reaction, even at such an early age, was to think about how he could improve his situation. He couldn't bring his mother back but he could decide how to look differently at what life had thrown at him.

The series of steps that took Richard McCann from where he was as a frightened 5 year old, to the powerful and inspirational speaker he is today, are what makes his seminars and workshops such powerful tools for change.

Focussing on the key strategies that helped him to grow beyond just surviving and create the life he wanted, has enabled Richard McCann to create inspirational presentations on Change, Challenge and Leadership which will give your team the fuel to make life-changing decisions and create an iCan culture within your organisation.

An exceptional communicator whose ability to inspire an iCan attitude is guaranteed to give your people the iCan approach. Not only does Richard McCann live and breathe the iCan philosophy, but has helped thousands of people in the business, corporate, community and education worlds to change the way their people think – and act.

Richard McCann  Motivational speaker, professional speaker, inspirational speaker and keynote speaker, available for business, corporate, community and education clients.

Richard McCann Inspirational motivational and keynote speaker

Richard McCann Inspirational motivational and keynote speaker

“I can guarantee that after a presentation from Richard McCann you will leave more determined to succeed in business and life than ever before. You will realise that you can overcome almost any obstacle which you face in business and life. His presentation is both motivational and inspirational, and I would recommend it to anybody in business.”

Gary Lumby MBE, Head of Retail and Small Business Banking, Yorkshire Bank

No one ever said that life would be easy, and Richard McCann knows a thing or two about adversity.

On a cold and misty morning in October 1975, Richard, aged 5 woke up to discover that his mother was gone. She was the first victim of the notorious Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

His first reaction, even at such an early age, was to think about how he could improve his situation. He couldn’t bring his mother back but he could decide how to look differently at what life had thrown at him.

The series of steps that took Richard from where he was as a frightened 5 year old, to the powerful and inspirational speaker he is today, are what makes his seminars and workshops such powerful tools for change.

An exceptional communicator whose ability to inspire an iCan attitude is guaranteed to give your people the iCan approach. Not only does Richard McCann  lives and breathe the iCan philosophy, but has helped thousands of people in the business, corporate, community and education worlds to change the way their people think – and act.

Richard McCann is a motivational speaker who will take your people to another level and inspire them to take action. Richard McCann’s story enables people to identify with real life experiences and then see how they can take control; to take the steps that will give them the freedom to succeed at whatever they choose.

If the challenge your people face seems overwhelming, Richard McCann understands adversity and challenge at a level everyone can engage with and gives them techniques to help overcome their own challenges.

Education Specific

Richard McCann is one of the most successful speakers in the UK today. And he puts a large part of his success down to his English Teacher Mr Hill. When Richard was just 5 years of age his mother was tragically murdered by the serial killer: Peter Sutcliffe. What followed was a children's home to then be brought up by his estranged and often violent father. With low self esteem and no confidence Richard went off the rails. He turned to alcohol and crime and was a very angry teenager. That was until he met his English Teacher Mr Hill. He was able to see through Richard's behaviour and he encouraged him to enter the school public speaking competition which he went on to win. It was a defining moment in Richard's life. 30 years later Richard McCann has become one of the busiest speakers in the UK and has now spoken all around the world and to over 200'000 people. His presentation not only reminds teachers of the difference that they can make but also challenges the perceptions many of us have of young people. He is also a Sunday Times No1 BestSelling Author and a feature film about his life in now in development.

Richard McCann  is available for business, community and educational events.

Richard McCann Inspirational motivational and keynote speaker

Richard McCann  was the keynote speaker at the Bradford School Business Managers' Conference and was truly inspirational.  He told his story with an openness and honesty that moved everyone in the room.  We all came away with the iCan attitude which we will use to give the children in our schools the very best chances'.

Lesley Burton  Business Manager 

Richard McCann  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

Richard McCann 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.

Having read both your books I would know the author  Richard McCann 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.
George Munro, Vice President/Divisional Manager Northern UK Division Combined Insurance

Richard McCann, Thank you for attending the Leadership Event on the 1st July 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

Richard McCann, 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.
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 McCann'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 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

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

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

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